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Suffolk board revises policy after pencil incident

Monday - 6/17/2013, 3:09am  ET

SUFFOLK, Va. (AP) -- Two students' suspensions for pretending pencils were guns have prompted the Suffolk school board to revise its weapons policy.

The old weapons policy was zero tolerance.

Under the revised policy, school administrators can look at factors such as intentions of harm and whether the object is listed as a weapon to determine the punishment.

WAVY-TV ( ) reports that school board members approved the revised policy last week.

Last month, two 7-year-old Driver Elementary School students were suspended for pointing pencils and making gun noises.

One of the boys, Christopher Marshall, told WAVY that he was impersonating his father, who is a former Marine.


Information from: WAVY-TV,

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