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Weapons-Related Expulsion Cases Drop From 1992-93 Peak : Schools: Decline in L.A. district raises hope that campus violence may be falling.

July 29, 1994|BETH SHUSTER | TIMES STAFF WRITER

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."

School Discipline

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.

REASONS:

RECOMMENDED GUNS AND OTHER YEAR EXPULSIONS KNIVES WEAPONS DRUGS 1986-87 697 231 99 236 1987-88 768 227 111 240 1988-89 759 274 162 207 1989-90 890 426 80 211 1990-91 889 434 80 181 1991-92 855 407 101 158 1992-93 936 542 58 190 1993-94* 800 420 46 237

* As of June, 1994

Source: Los Angeles Unified School District

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