before we get the baby thrown out with the bath water, remember that 'zero tolerance' policies were enacted because these same dolts tolerated drugs, weapons, etc..
the 'zero tolerance' per se isn't the problem (see how they're steering ut to that conclusion?), its' idiots with no clue in charge.
if we do away with zero tolerance, schools will again become full of drugs and guns, etc..
IMHO zero tolerance was instituted so officials don't have to make a logical decision.
A decision has been made for them. And they can shrug at the idiocy and say"it's the law".
Common sense out the window.( if they have any)