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Boy who was expelled for bringing a toy gun to school is allowed to return

You may remember a Question of the Day we posed earlier this month here about Samuel Burgos, a Florida grade school student who was suspended and then expelled for bringing a plastic toy gun to school. The school maintained that the boy was penalized in accordance with their zero tolerance policy regarding bringing weapons to school. Burgos’ parents, meanwhile, fought that decision with every m

You may remember a Question of the Day we posed earlier this month here about Samuel Burgos, a Florida grade school student who was suspended and then expelled for bringing a plastic toy gun to school. The school maintained that the boy was penalized in accordance with their zero tolerance policy regarding bringing weapons to school. Burgos’ parents, meanwhile, fought that decision with every means available to them and home-schooling their son.

Two years after the initial incident, however, the Broward School Board voted yesterday to allow Samuel – now 8 years old – back into second grade. Evidently, the sheer amount of scrutiny brought on by the media coverage convinced the School Board to amend their policy.

Of those who answered our initial question, the overwhelming majority of voters felt the school was wrong to expel the student. Have your opinions changed with this development? Do you think zero tolerance policies are a good idea? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.