This kind of “zero tolerance” thinking is a crutch used by school officials, who would rather not have to make the difficult decisions that usually come with positions of authority. But such decisions require actual good judgment. Rather than have to defend their judgments, how much easier it is to point at a handbook and declare “we have a policy.”
The Cox family has hired a lawyer but a district court judge already has ruled he has no jurisdiction in such matters.
Let’s just chalk up another major setback for common sense.