No for the most part. To me its a no brainer way of administrating that can actually cause more problems than solve them. Take for example the no gun rule where a child was suspended for bringing in a tiny plastic toy soldier. This certainly didn't really teach the child anything and only riled the parents and others against the school, not to mention the negative publicity. Teachers should use the hesitation rule. If a child pulls out something from his/her backpack that at first glance could be a weapon, then appropriate steps should be taken. If it is immediately obvious that it is only a toy or such, then forget about it.
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