COLLIER COUNTY, Fla. - Recent off-campus incidents involving students with misdemeanor weapons charges are raising concerns. Now, the Collier County School Board is looking into implementing disciplinary action against those students.
Only students arrested on felony charges are suspended or even expelled from school.
Columbine, Virginia Tech and Sandy Hook have changed the way parents, teachers and students view incidents involving kids and guns.
"You know the Sandy Hook shooting the people were kinda insane, they could have been prevented it if they got the treatment they deserve" said Jose Osoril, a junior at Golden Gate High School.
"Wonderful community there but, look what happened. So, you really have to check it out, you have to ask questions, you have to know everything" said Gloria Kovacs, a former teacher.
Concern over these recent shootings forced the Collier County School Board to discuss changing their policy when students are arrested off-campus on misdemeanor weapons charges.
"Having a child in the classroom that you know is capable or has done something like that would certainly raise a lot of questions that I'd want answered before I'd feel comfortable in being in that classroom with the child, let alone having my children that are in the classroom exposed to that child." Kovacs was a teacher for 24 years and agrees with the new proposal.
But, Osoril is against any changes. "That's the polices responsibility to take care of them outside of school, if it was inside school it would be very different."
School board member Roy Terry tells WINK News if this new proposal passes, it would give the principal the option to take disciplinary action against the student just like they already do when they are charged with felonies.
Once again, the new policy would only apply to misdemeanor charges involving weapons.
The board will discuss the proposal again at their meeting on August 12. A vote could come afterwards.