Dallas public schools a href=”http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/news/localnews/stories/DN-disdmeeting_23met.ART.State.Edition2.460a0a4.html”will allow punishment /a for students who falsely accuse teachers of wrongdoing (Hat tip: Jeff): br /br /blockquoteDallas public school trustees approved changes to the district’s Student Code of Conduct on Thursday that will allow schools to punish students who make false allegations of wrongdoing against teachers.br /br /Teacher representatives had lobbied for the change because the district must investigate all student allegations, which often results in placing the accused faculty member on paid administrative leave.br /br /Teachers said the removal of faculty members during the investigations leaves colleagues suspicious and the reputations of the accused tarnished.br /br /Under the old rules, if the accusations proved false, the teachers were returned to campus but students faced no consequences. Now, making a false allegation is on par with fighting and drug use. These acts can result in detention, removal from extracurricular activities or in-school suspension./blockquotebr /br /Okay, none of these punishments sound like much, but it’s a start. When kids know they can get away with false allegations with no repercussions, they will do it more often. Hopefully, this ruling will lessen the likelihood of students making false allegations for they can be quite serious. I guess time will tell.