Lax School Discipline Policies May Be The Cause of Increased School Shootings and Violence on Campuses.

State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson Announces Fifth Year in a Row of Declining Student Suspensions and Expulsions

Although California law, mandates a "Zero Tolerance Policy" for specific on campus violations; the law is no longer being enforced in the Capistrano Unified School District, as evidenced by the lack of expulsions for the number of individuals committing these offenses.

Source: California Department of Education - Mandatory Expulsion

Education Code 48915(c) requires mandatory expulsion for the following:

Act must be committed at school or school activity.

  1. Firearm
    1. Possessing firearm when a district employee verified firearm possession and when student did not have prior written permission from a certificated employee which is concurred with by the principal or designee.
    2. Selling or otherwise furnishing a firearm.
       
  2. Brandishing a knife at another person.
  3. Unlawfully selling a controlled substance listed in Health and Safety Code Section 11053 et. seq.
  4. Committing or attempting to commit a sexual assault as defined in subdivision (n) of EC 48900 or committing sexual battery as defined in subdivision (n) of 48900.
  5. Possession of an explosive.

Maybe flawed school discipline policies are the cause of increased school shootings and violence on campuses. Districts are no longer choosing to expel students who have been identified as a threat to others by bringing a gun, a knife or an explosive device to schools. 

DATA FOR THE CAPISTRANO UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT

Student Offense 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17

48900(b)

Possession Sale Furnishing A firearm or Knife

25 

0 Expelled

 13 

1 Expelled

48 

2 Expelled

48900(c)

Possession, Use, Sale, Furnishing a Controlled Substance, Alcohol, Intoxican

217 

19 Expelled

176 

18 Expelled

 236 

18 Expelled

48900(d)

Offering Arranging or Negotiating Sale of Controlled Substances Alcohol intoxicant

2 Expelled

 10 

4 Expelled

 12 

2 Expelled

48915(a)(2)

Possession of a Knife or Dangerous Object

39 

1 Expelled

41 

3 Expelled

 31

1 Expelled

48915(c)(2) 

Brandishing a Knife

1

0 Expelled

 2

0 Expelled

 3

2 Expelled

48915(c)(3) 

Sale of Controlled Substance

8

3 Expelled

2

2 Expelled

  6

5 Expelled

48915(c)(5)

Possession of an Explosive

1

0 Expelled

1

0 Expelled

  3

0 Expelled

Total Number of Mandatory Expulsions

296

263

339

Number of Expulsions

25

28 30

Percentage of Students Expelled who should have had a mandatory expulsion.

9.4%

10.65% 8.8%
  

HIGH SCHOOLS

Aliso Niguel High School

Source: Aliso Niguel High School Offenses Committed 

174 Offenses Committed 

8 Expulsions

165 Suspensions

0 Disciplinary Diversions 

4 Incidents of Guns or Knives on Campus (0 Expulsions)

2 Incidents of Explosive Devices (0 Expulsions)

 

Dana Hills High School 

Source: Dana Hills High School Offenses Committed

260 Offenses Committed

9 Expulsions

251 Suspensions

0 Disciplinary Diversions 

4 Incidents of Guns or Knives on Campus (1 Expulsion)

 

San Clemente High School

Source: San Clemente High School Offenses Committed

212 Offenses Committed

12 Expulsions

200 Suspensions

0 Disciplinary Diversions 

3 Incidents of Guns or Knives on Campus (2 Expulsion)

 

San Juan Hills High School

Source: San Juan Hills High School Offenses Committed

122 Offenses Committed

3 Expulsions

119 Suspensions

0 Disciplinary Diversions 

5 Incidents of Guns or Knives on Campus (0 Expulsion)

 

Tesoro High School 

Source: Tesoro High School Offenses Committed

131 Offenses Committed

3 Expulsions

128 Suspensions

0 Disciplinary Diversions 

8 Incidents of Guns or Knives on Campus (0 Expulsion)

 

Aliso Viejo Middle School  

Source: Aliso Viejo Middle School Offenses Committed

131 Offenses Committed

3 Expulsions

128 Suspensions

0 Disciplinary Diversions 

8 Incidents of Guns or Knives on Campus (0 Expulsion)

 

Arroyo Vista Middle School  

Source: Arroyo Vista Middle School Offenses Committed

5 Offenses Committed

0 Expulsions

5 Suspensions

0 Disciplinary Diversions 

1 Incidents of Guns or Knives on Campus (0 Expulsion)

 

Bernice Ayer Middle School  

Source: Bernice Ayer Middle School Offenses Committed

129 Offenses Committed

6 Expulsions

123 Suspensions

0 Disciplinary Diversions 

4 Incidents of Guns or Knives on Campus (2 Expulsions)

 

Carl Hankey Middle School  

Source: Bernice Ayer Middle School Offenses Committed

5 Offenses Committed

0 Expulsions

5 Suspensions

0 Disciplinary Diversions 

No Incidents of Guns or Knives on Campus

 

Don Juan Avila Middle School  

Source: Don Juan Avila Middle School Offenses Committed

98 Offenses Committed

0 Expulsions

98 Suspensions

0 Disciplinary Diversions 

6 Incidents of Guns or Knives on Campus (0 Expulsions)

 

Ladera Ranch Middle School

Ladera Ranch Middle School Source: Ladera Ranch Middle School Offenses Committed

16 Offenses Committed

0 Expulsions

16 Suspensions

0 Disciplinary Diversions 

1 Incidents of Gun or Knives on Campus (0 Expulsions)

 

Las Flores Middle School

Source: Los Flores Middle School Offenses Committed

16 Offenses Committed

0 Expulsions

16 Suspensions

0 Disciplinary Diversions 

0 Incidents of Gun or Knives on Campus 

 

Newhart Middle School

Source: Newhart Middle School Offenses Committed

76 Offenses Committed

0 Expulsions

76 Suspensions

0 Disciplinary Diversions 

3 Incidents of Gun or Knives on Campus (0 Expulsions)

 

Niguel Hill Middle School

Source: Niguel Hill Middle School Offenses Committed

150 Offenses Committed

0 Expulsions

148 Suspensions

2 Disciplinary Diversions 

10 Incidents of Gun or Knives on Campus (0 Expulsions)

 

Shore Cliffs Middle School

Source: Shor Cliffs Middle School Offenses Committed

84 Offenses Committed

5 Expulsions

79 Suspensions

2 Disciplinary Diversions 

6 Incidents of Gun or Knives on Campus (2 Expulsions)

1 Incident of an Explosive (0 Expulsions)

 

Vista Del Mar Middle School

Source: Vista Del Mar Middle School Offenses Committed

43 Offenses Committed

3 Expulsions

40 Suspensions

0 Disciplinary Diversions 

0 Incidents of Gun or Knives on Campus