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Discipline methods vary for guns at school

Montana schools have had 79 reported violations in 3 years

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Posted: Sunday, December 19, 2010 2:00 am | Updated: 11:50 am, Thu Apr 17, 2014.

When Demari DeReu was suspended from Columbia Falls High School for inadvertently bringing an unloaded hunting rifle to school, her case attracted national attention. Her expulsion hearing Monday drew a crowd of about 150 people.

But DeReu’s is not the first gun-related expulsion hearing trustees in Flathead County have conducted. The Columbia Falls board has heard five cases in the last three years, just a handful of the infractions schools have faced in recent years.

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          Welcome to the discussion.

          2 comments:

          • Partyer posted at 10:28 am on Mon, Dec 20, 2010.

            Partyer Posts: 684

            What's most important here is the demonstration that a breach of the rules will cause immediate and heavy reaction. Call it over-reaction. Whatever. Yeah whatever it takes to prevent a school shooting. Or make us feel that everything is being done to prevent it.
            Whatever Miss DeRue's damages are after all this, she has to face the fact that she caused it all by herself. She brought a gun to school. I commend her for owning up to it prior to it being discovered, this helped her avoid a worser outcome. All this is a great lesson, I hope it gets a lot of discussion with kids everywhere.

             
          • Chemis-G posted at 1:42 pm on Sun, Dec 19, 2010.

            Chemis-G Posts: 6

            I hope that one day soon everyone will come to the conclusion that laws don't prevent crime. Laws are always punitive after the fact. In this case, the Gun Free Schools Act only punishes honest people and students for inadvertent, honest mistakes. There has got to be a better way. There could be a school committee to immediately determine if an intentional infraction has occurred and follow policy after the determination is made. This would relieve the school of lots of grief.

            It is only common sense that anyone intent on shooting up a school will not think for a moment about the GFSA or any other law on the books and the ramifications, before going about their mayhem.

            The GFSA does, however, guarantee that no one in the school or on the school grounds has any way of defending themselves or the student body from a deranged, distraught person with a gun whose intent is to cause as much damage as possible before they commit suicide.

            As for the statement "...guns and guns..." I have had guns in my house for most of the last five decades and none has ever shot anyone. It still remains " Guns don't kill people, people kill people."

            I sincerely hope that common sense will soon be the norm and not the exception.

             

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