It has come to the attention of the parents and students in the Sunnyvale School District that the Zero Tolerance Law has been unfairly and inappropriately implemented in our district.
We want the California Education Code, Section 48915 modified to give administrators and district officials more flexibility in implementation.
We want administrators and district officials required to take age, intent, and circumstances into account when levying punishment.
If a child is accused of a Zero Tolerance violation, we want an advocate assigned to work with them in addition to the administrators and district officials.
We want the burden of proof to be on the accuser as it is in the adult criminal justice system.
We want reasonable punishments appropriate to each infraction, not automatic expulsion and police intervention.
We want the CA Penal Code and Constitutional rights to be administered and followed when investigating incidents.
We want a dialogue between administrators, district officials, and community members.