Posted: Aug 15, 2012 9:00 AM
Updated: Aug 15, 2012 9:00 AM
Source: Associated Press
PLAQUEMINE - The Iberville Parish School Board has revised the district's Zero Tolerance Violence Prevention Program.
The changes will impose stiffer penalties on students who get involved in fights on school grounds.
The original zero tolerance policy, adopted in 1996, required students caught fighting on campus to attend conflict resolution classes.
Iberville Parish Sheriff Brett Stassi advised the board he believes forcing students to appear before parish judges to answer for their actions would help school authorities maintain campus discipline.
Revisions suggested by the sheriff's office called for arresting any student, 10 years of age and up, caught fighting on school property.
Students acting in self-defense would not be disciplined under the new policy.
The board voted 9-4 to approve the new policy.