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Minor offenses have serious ramifications for Connecticut kids

When Connecticut families, and those all throughout the country, send their kids off to school they are releasing them into a much different world than existed only a decade ago. No parent can afford to be innocent to the fact that schools are not the safe havens many once trusted them to be, and no one can assume they are entirely protected from random acts of violence. In uncertain times like these, parents, students and entire communities are expected to be especially vigilant about preventing crimes before they can occur. And while most agree that all learning establishments must strictly enforce a zero-tolerance policy for guns and/or other weapons on campuses, individual cases of kids being punished for their mistakes may reflect greater fears and insecurities.

The field of juvenile criminal defense may never be the same since it can be more difficult than ever to protect children's innocence until they are otherwise proven guilty of a crime under the law. The lives of two high school students may have been effected greatly by their alleged involvement in a school incident recently. The minors may be expelled from school and face accusations of reckless endangerment after they were arrested for allegedly bringing guns on campus.

The weapons turned out to be two pellet guns, which the two boys may have been playing with in the school parking lot. While the kids' names have not been released to the public, they've already been suspended and could face other disciplinary and legal action.

Policies regarding student safety must continue to be evaluated and enforced. Though, when dealing with child suspects, law enforcement, school administrators and parents alike have a duty to protect their rights along with those of other kids.

Source: wtnh.com, "Cops: 2 Weston teens brought pellet guns to school," April 4, 2013

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