As a school board member I voted to expel a student who tucked a gun in his locker at Woodland Middle School. I had a son attending the school myself at the time so it was hard for me not to take the threat personally.

Now the Board has expelled a student for making a bomb threat. I’m not sure the proof was as cut and dried as our gun in a locker.

I’m reminded of the many innocents who’ve been railroaded into jail over the years when politicians were a little too eager to prove they were being tough on crime. Of course, our School Board in Duluth is under no such pressure from unhappy constituents so its unlikely they would deprive a child of a year’s education with anything other than rock solid proof of his/her guilt. Or is it?

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