Board member Barbara Boudreaux said she believes the policy needs to be even tougher so that students caught with knives are expelled outright. "Knives, guns, firecrackers, any kind of weapons . . . should have expulsion attached to it," Boudreaux said. "Guns are not the only weapons that can kill."
The number of Los Angeles Unified School District students recommended for expulsion decreased this past school year, although the total remains significantly higher than seven years ago. Although many of the students were expelled because of weapons, other factors--such as drug use and vandalism--also contributed. And not all of the students expelled from their campuses are kicked out of school. Some are sent to continuation schools or they leave the campus before the matter is concluded.