Parent power is very real in Delaware! Look no further than House Bill 176, introduced today by State Rep. Deb Hudson! This bill would give school boards and administrators more discretion for what is considered a “deadly weapon” other than a gun. It even says in the synopsis of the bill .”this bill is a result of a recent case in the Brandywine School District.” You don’t have to be a genius to figure this one out folks. Wahl was down at Legislative Hall a couple of weeks ago for the PTA Day.
For some reason the PDF won’t download on Scribd so I will update it when it becomes available, but this would be the change to Delaware state code if the bill passes:
(6) In the event that an elementary or secondary school student possesses a deadly weapon other than a firearm in a Safe School and Recreation Zone in addition to any other penalties contained in this section, the student shall be suspended for a period of not less than 30 days unless otherwise provided for in federal or state law. The local school board or charter school board of directors may, on a case by case basis, modify the terms of the suspension.
Like I said, never underestimate parent power. Wahl fought for over two years to get his son’s discipline removed from his record. But he went a step further and as a result of a settlement with the district, a new policy was created in Brandywine. Now it looks like Wahl is taking it to the next level so this policy goes statewide! Congrats and thank you for your advocacy Pat Wahl!