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We are presently in the process of broadening our definition of violent acts for our Kansas schools. Do you have one in place you would share with us? Presently we are using, "malicious acts against students or staff which result in the student receiving out-of-school suspension or expulsion.
This may be the one situation in which teaching in an inner-city environment is an advantage. My school practices monthly lock-down drills and has off duty police security. The students live with violence on a daily basis. Guns, other weapons, and fighting are part of their daily lives. We were dealing with these situations long before Columbine made it trendy and the government mandated it.