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.