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More Pinellas students being expelled for brass knuckles

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Brass knuckles It’s not exactly an epidemic, but nine Pinellas students were expelled for possession of brass knuckles last year, up from three the year before and zero the year before that. The uptick has been enough for Pinellas School Board members to raise concerns twice this year, including at the board meeting last week.

Some students “think they’re jewelry now,” said board member Janet Clark. (Which is true. Look here.)

It’s not clear how many Pinellas cases involved brass knuckles as probable weapons versus brass knuckles as obvious bling. But the board directed its staff to prepare materials for kids and parents that would let them know that either way, brass knuckles will, under state law, get students booted from school.

Ron Matus, State Education Reporter

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[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 10:30am]

    

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