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|NUMBER 261||THE NEWSPAPER OF EDUCATION RIGHTS||OCTOBER 2007|
|Zero Tolerance for Doodles of Weapons|
The following week, a student at Walker Butte K-8 School in Florence drew a cartoon on several index cards of a stick figure holding a gun. This 8th-grader also received a three-day suspension. A spokesman from the Florence Unified School District explained that the punishment fit the crime "because it is the intent of the district to provide a safe environment in which to learn." (Arizona Daily Star, 8-31-07)
Both sets of parents objected to the suspensions, saying the schools were overreacting. "I just can't believe that there wasn't another way to resolve this," said the Payne student's mother. In Chandler, there is no way for parents to appeal any punishment less severe than a ten-day suspension.