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In general, the term zero tolerance is referred to as a consistently enforced policy, in response to weapons, drugs, and violence. It has been applied in schools, the workplace, the military, and law enforcement. Over time, zero tolerance has led to mandated, predetermined, harsh consequences for a wide degree of rule violations. The policies were developed to protect the safety of students, citizens, and employees so they can live in a conducive environment.

Some of the first examples of zero-tolerance policies were found in the enforcement tactics related to narcotics during the War on Drugs under President Ronald Reagan, to curb the transfer of drugs at borders in the United States. Strict enforcement of personal use was thought to reduce demand and strike at the cause ...

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