A high school honor roll student in Clarksville, Tenn. is paying a big price for unknowingly having a fishing knife that belonged to his father inside his car on campus.
Officials at Northeast High School suspended high school senior David Duren-Sanner after they found the fishing knife in his car during a random security check last Thursday, reported News Channel 5.
The vehicle belongs to Duren-Sanner’s father, who is a commercial fisherman father. He said he did not know the fishing knife was in the car. Despite Duren-Sanner’s family backing up his claims, the school’s administrators gave him a 10-day suspension and sent him to an alternative school for 90 days.
He appealed the decision yesterday, and the school board reduced his time in the alternative school to 30 days. With the appeal, Duren-Sanner will be able to walk during his graduation, attend prom and go to his JROTC ball.
After the appeal decision, the school board released a statement about their decision.
There are times when a situation involves a zero tolerance offense where we have to look more closely at the circumstances. This was not a zero tolerance, offense, but in more severe cases we handle those with tougher consequences.
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