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Topic - Kenneth Trump
Some experts are now calling for a national rethinking of school zero-tolerance policies, in the wake of several high-profile suspensions involving little kids who have done little more than drawing pictures and shaping fingers into guns.
Beneath the expressions of grief, sorrow and disbelief over the Connecticut school massacre lies an uneasy truth in Washington: over the last few years the Obama administration and Congress quietly let federal funding for several key school security programs lapse in the name of budget savings.
The Obama administration is giving new meaning to "bully pulpit" by hosting a conference aimed at encouraging children to be nice to one another.
Echoing recent comments by President Obama, federal education officials warned Tuesday that federal funds could be withdrawn from schools, colleges and universities that don't prevent bullying, harassment and intimidation, which the department says will fall under civil-rights enforcement.
"Contrary to the myth of zero tolerance, most school board policies provide options and flexibility for administrators," said school safety expert Kenneth Trump, in the AP report. "What you see is poor decision-making and poor implementation of the policies, rather than the face school administrators are handcuffed in terms of their discretion."
"It's a normal occurrence to have a heightened sensitivity after a high-profile tragedy, but that does not negate the need for common sense," he told AP.