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Student disappointed with school board's punishment

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The student is glad the school board changed the policy, but he feels he is being harshly punished. The student is glad the school board changed the policy, but he feels he is being harshly punished.
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ARAB, AL (WAFF) -

The Arab High student who brought an unloaded gun to school will be allowed to return to class in January.

His attorney is disappointed, saying no crime was committed, but some kids found committing greater infractions are getting less punishment.

The Arab School Board made the decision to expel the student for fall semester.

The student was facing a yearlong expulsion because the school board's policy was written such that no deviation was possible, despite state and federal law allowing such instances to be handed on a case by case basis.

The school board changed the policy to give themselves such discretion. 

After making the policy change, the student was told he could not come back to class until January 3rd.

The student's attorney, Rodney Edmondson, made the following statement:

"My client is glad the school board changed the policy but still feels that based on the unintentional act, the punishment was disproportional to the offense."

He went on to say his client is "thankful for the community support."

One note the attorney found interesting was some additions to the policy change he believes are found nowhere else in the state.

More requirements were added such as drug testing and counseling, something his client will now be required to have.

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