Zero Tolerance

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A state panel has ruled that a former assistant principal falsely accused a high school student of striking him.

The accusation resulted in the teen's expulsion under a zero-tolerance policy.

Sanford Hayes declined comment today on the decision Friday by the Florida Education Practices Commission to suspend his teaching certificate for a year.

Hayes resigned a day before the commission found he had wrongly accused Crestview High School senior class president Bobby Rosado of assaulting him at a basketball game in 2000. Had he not resigned, Okaloosa County school officials said Hayes would have been fired.

The commission accepted the recommendation of a state administrative law judge who viewed a videotape of the incident and ruled Hayes had been "untruthful" and "unethical."