Zero-Tolerance Suspended At Struggling High School

May 10, 2012

In 1999, the Columbine massacre dramatically shifted how American schools approach student discipline. Zero-tolerance policies became the norm. Rates of suspensions have doubled, with minority-students seeing the most dramatic rise.

Studies show that only 5% of those suspended are for weapons or drugs. It’s behavior that gets the vast majority of these kids sent home. But a high school in Walla Walla, WA realized that home is not giving these kids what they need.

Here to tell us about the dramatic shift in discipline at Lincoln High School is Jane Stevens. She’s editor of, where she wrote about the school.