Da’von Shaw, a Sophomore at Bedford High School in suburban Cleveland, brought some apples & craisins to school as part of a “healthy eating” presentation he was giving in one of his classes. During the presentation he took out a knife and used it to slice an apple.
What happened next? A classic over-reaction.
“When I took out the knife the teacher then told me that I couldn’t use it, so I didn’t hesitate I just gave it to her,” said Da’von.
He continued with his other classes, but late in the day was suspended for five days. The suspension letter charged him with having a weapon at school.
His mother Shakila Wilson is angry, saying, “I can take off my belt and use that as a weapon. Pens and pencils can be used as a weapon. You can’t take a person with no intentions to harm and put them as a criminal because that’s what you normally do.”
She feels the punishment is too much, didn’t take the circumstances into account and worries about her son missing classes and assignments. Read More…
I’m actually kind of shocked that the zero-tolerance, over-sensitive freaks that control schools didn’t kick the poor kid out.
When questioned by WOIO’s Paul Orlousky the school’s superintendent insinuated that Shaw’s 5-day suspension could have actually have been much worse: an entire year’s suspension. That’s nice the idiots decided not to completely ruin the kids young academic life for something ridiculous.