School Safety: 'Zero Tolerance' Policies Common Sense?

For the Russells and dozens of other students from the Perspectives Charter Middle School food fight, zero tolerance now means a court date.

"It's wrong because it's a food fight," said 13-year-old Cassandra Russell."[But] I never thought I could be arrested for a food fight."

Said Erica Russell, "We're worrying about this being on their record...A food fight? I just can't get over that."

An Illinois state judge will decide later this month whether the charges should be dismissed or upheld with a penalty of probation or community service. State law keeps juveniles' criminal records sealed until the students turn 17, and after that, their records will be wiped clean.

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