Zero tolerance discipline policies were adopted in US schools in 1994 after federal legislation required states to expel students for bringing firearms to school or face losing federal funding (19). These policies were intended to discourage violence, drug use and other dangerous behaviors by enacting strict consequences, but policies intended to make schools safer actually paved the way for schools to punish students for other, relatively minor infractions, such as using profanity, disrespect and non-compliance (7, 25).
Scholar Commons Citation
Alege, Olayinka A. and Johnston, Howard, "Tackling Equity In Disciplinary Practices" (2020). Policy Brief. 1.