School Superintendent on Policy

Last week, a kindergarten student brought a tiny toy gun from a doll to school, and the principal suspended him for five days. When we started asking questions, they cut the suspension to one day. Now WTOC talked with the school superintendent about the policy, and what he's telling the principals.

The toy guns pictured here were the reason a five-year-old got suspended on the second day of his scholastic career.

"We've had a week of school now," said Superintendent O'Sullivan. "We've seen some interesting incidents in our buildings and on our busses."

There are problems he can't address specifically and publicly, but he'll be discussing them at principals' meetings next week.

"We'll just go over lessons learned and we'll remind people of what we expect both in terms of what the code of conduct says and what is reasonably practical and common sense," O'Sullivan said.

He says zero tolerance speaks for itself, but that principals, knowing their students, must take every incident case by case.

"What you do is give them situational things and suggest here's how you handle that, as opposed to giving someone a checklist," O'Sullivan told us.

He says principals have handled incidents well so far, and wants to make sure it stays that way.

"The principals have to be the ones to make these decisions," he said. "They can't be made by the superintendent and they shouldn't be second-guessed by the public."

The superintendent says the curriculum will be the number one priority at these principals' meetings. But the zero tolerance policy has to be addressed.

Reported by: Holly Bristow