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Fairfax School Board Votes To Relax Certain Punishments

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Some penalties for Fairfax students have been dialed back a bit.
Terry McCombs
Some penalties for Fairfax students have been dialed back a bit.

Fairfax County school officials have voted to change the district's discipline system, allowing for lighter punishments for certain infractions.

Published reports claim school board members voted 9-2 to approve a new handbook on student rights.

One change could result in softer punishments for students caught with a small amount of marijuana at school. Students would have the opportunity to attend a drug and alcohol seminar during a suspension period.

The school board has been engaged in a year-long review of the school system's discipline practices, though some critics say the members didn't go far enough in considering the changes.

The review was prompted by the suicide of a 15-year-old high school football player two years ago. Nick Stuban took his life after he was suspended and transferred to another school for possessing synthetic marijuana.

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