This Comment evaluates alternative schools and their potential to cure the epidemic of school violence. Part II analyzes schools’ potential liability for failing to protect students from harm. Part III examines the emergence of “zero-tolerance” laws. Although courts frequently uphold the authority of schools to suspend and expel students, Part IV maintains that school officials cannot violate students’ constitutional rights. Part V describes alternative education programs and analyzes their ability to avert violence. Part VI examines Ohio’s efforts to prevent crime in schools and recommends strategies that focus on targeting, diverting, and preventing juvenile violence. Schools that suspend and expel students without providing alternative education may perpetuate the infestation of violence within the entire community. Therefore, as Part VII concludes, the Ohio legislature should require alternative education for all students who are suspended or expelled.
"Preventing Violence in Ohio's Schools,"
Akron Law Review: Vol. 33
, Article 3.
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