She is not a child. Our teenagers need to learn that there are real consequences to their actions. That rules are not there just to take up space on a piece of paper.
This is something that I think too many of today's generation don't get. They think that if they believe it is a stupd rule, they should not have to comply with it.
As I said....lobby the school boards to change the rule. But, don't expect to not be punished exactly like the policy says if you don't adhere to it.
The problem is that these rules WONT EVEN BE ENFORCED. Like you said earlier, the charges will be dropped or reduced and she will be allowed back in school (way too much media around it now).
So what the fug was accomplished by pretending like they were going to enforce it?