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Oregano Triumphs!

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CHESAPEAKE, Va. — After being criticized by The Rutherford Institute for misapplying zero tolerance policies and suspending a seventh grade honor student over allegations that he was in possession of the Italian herb oregano, school officials at Hickory Middle School have agreed to rescind the 10-day suspension and the recommendation for expulsion for “possession of an imitation controlled substance.”

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Zero Tolerance of Spices

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CHESAPEAKE, Va. — Pointing to yet another instance of zero tolerance policies being misapplied, attorneys for The Rutherford Institute have criticized school officials at Hickory Middle School for grossly overreacting when they suspended a seventh grade honors student over allegations that he was in possession of the Italian herb oregano.

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Parents Question Court Authority

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In response to an outcry from Fairfax County parents who have lost confidence in the public school system’s handling of student disciplinary issues, The Rutherford Institute has made available a letter that parents can use to revoke any and all authority—express or implied—of school administrators and staff to question or otherwise engage in disciplinary measures against their children in their absence.

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