Millard School Board members will consider adding flexibility to the district's student discipline code tonight in the wake of the controversial expulsion of three students possessing toy BB guns.
Board members will consider creating a range of penalties for students who possess Airsoft, paintball and BB guns on school property.
Current district policy calls for a mandatory one-year expulsion.
Under the proposed change, the minimum penalty would be a long-term suspension, which is six to 19 school days.
The student could also be suspended from extracurricular activities during the suspension.
The maximum penalty would be expulsion. If the violation occurred during the first semester, the student could be expelled for the remainder of the school year. If the violation occurred during the second semester, the expulsion would remain in effect for summer school and could remain in effect for the first semester of the following school year.
During the expulsion, the student could be suspended from extracurricular activities.
Last week, a panel of Millard school board members reduced the punishment for three boys expelled for playing with Airsoft guns outside an elementary school.
The Kiewit Middle School students, who were originally expelled for a year, will be allowed to go back to school Nov. 7.
Mike Pate, president of the Millard School Board, said a policy change would be needed because the reduction in punishment created a situation where the zero-tolerance policy and the panel's decision were at odds.
The boys were playing with Airsoft BB guns outside Grace Abbott Elementary School on Oct. 1 after school hours. A neighbor called police.
The board is scheduled to meet at 6 p.m. at the Don Stroh Administration Center, 5606 S. 147th St.