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Thursday, March 18, 2010 - 1:48pm

Senate Approves Changes to Zero Tolerance Policy

Students who bring something to school that could be deemed a weapon would no longer be charged as designated felons under a measure that was unanimously approved by the Senate.

The bill sponsored by State Sen. Emmanuel Jones, is aimed at giving administrators more leeway with Georgia's Zero Tolerance policy.

"In our zeal and zest to lock away those kids that brought dangerous weapons to school, the system trapped good kids. And that's who i have heard from. Good kids who are being prosecuted for minor infractions," said Jones.

Under the bill first offenders would be charged with a "delinquent act" rather than a felony, which could tarnish a student's record.