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Teen Suspended After Trying To Do The Right Thing

Posted by on Sep. 18, 2013 at 12:04 PM
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FOX CHAPEL (KDKA) –A high school student says he is being punished for trying to do the right thing.

He told school officials when he realized he brought his pocketknife to a football game.

But he was suspended anyway.

“I dropped him off right at the corner there by the stop sign,” said David Schaffner, father to the 16-year-old who was suspended.

Schaffner is a proud father, but now also an angry one. He dropped off his son at Fox Chapel Friday night for a football game.

In his pocket, his son had a knife. He’s a hunter and uses it in the woods –in fact, he had just used it.

“He was cutting branches and what not with it,” Schaffner said. “Just forgot he had it in his pocket.”

There is no metal detector, no bag check there, but Schaffner grabbed a security guard.

“Intentionally, willfully handed the pocket knife,” he said.

He even voluntarily wrote out and signed a statement, saying:

“I was in the woods behind my house at my tree stand and forgot to take my knife out of my pocket … came to the game and gave it to the security guard.”

With that, the Fox Chapel principal kicked him out of the game and then early Monday morning kicked him out of school for 10 days.

Schaffner says the punishment sends a horrible message.

“To me it sends a message, you should probably lie, ‘cause you’re going to get punished,” he said.

Now the family has to hire a lawyer.

“We are hopeful there will be reconsideration on this particular matter and he be immediately back in school,” said attorney Phil Dilucente.

Dilucente, who actually sits on the other end of it as a school district hearing, calls this case outrageous.

“Well, it’s utterly ridiculous,” he said. “I mean, what are we teaching our youth today? To not be honest, to now be open and forthcoming?”

So David Schaffner III is at home now for 10 days –short of a special hearing with the superintendent who isn’t available right now.

No comment from the school district as of Monday night.
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vegaswife2011
by LMAO on Sep. 18, 2013 at 12:09 PM

Nice..

Anonymous
by Anonymous 1 on Sep. 18, 2013 at 12:10 PM

I think we've all been there (punished for trying to do right). Sucks.

Anonymous
by Anonymous 2 on Sep. 18, 2013 at 12:11 PM

This sucks. He shouldn't be suspended for this.

But, rules are rules, you can't bring weapons to school events, he should take his 10 day suspension. 

No lawyers should be involved. 

.Bad.Wolf.
by Morsmordre on Sep. 18, 2013 at 12:12 PM

He shouldn't have gotten into trouble. That is bullshit. 

cjsix
by Platinum Member on Sep. 18, 2013 at 12:12 PM
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 I could see if he took it there intentionally or realized he had before getting there and still took it into the game and got caught with it but,seriously he automatically put it in his pocket when done with what he was using it for at home,was probably hurryiing to get to the gamne and forgot about,was honest and gave it to security before going in yet after his dad had left so he couldn't put it back in the car...good grief I understand protecting our kids but,they tend to go overboard and punish those who are honest and trying to do the right thing.

Bethsunshine
by on Sep. 18, 2013 at 12:14 PM
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That is very close to where I live but this is the first time I have heard about it. This is why zero tolerance policies are bullcrap! He realized that he made a mistake and fessed up right away. He might as well have said nothing and taken his chances on getting caught since he got punished anyway!
JLo1486
by Gold Member on Sep. 18, 2013 at 12:15 PM
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Rules are rules my ass.

Quoting Anonymous:

This sucks. He shouldn't be suspended for this.

But, rules are rules, you can't bring weapons to school events, he should take his 10 day suspension. 

No lawyers should be involved. 

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squeekers
by Platinum Member on Sep. 18, 2013 at 12:17 PM

 unfortunately zero tolerance catches everyone good & bad.

jadedcynic
by Nerdalicious on Sep. 18, 2013 at 12:17 PM
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I had a friend who accidentally brought a gun to school. He was a hunter and lived at his dad's on the weekends. He used his backpack for clothes, etc between mom and dad's and forgot to take it out. He realized in the middle of science class when he was looking for a book. None of us at the table said anything. He went to the nurse's office and called his mom to bring his inhaler and his other backpack. She brought him the inhaler and a different backpack, he gave her the backpack with everything emptied out but the gun. No teacher ever found out and none of us ever told. It was a mistake. He was terrified until one of us suggested the switch.

Sassy762
by CAFE SASSY HBIC on Sep. 18, 2013 at 12:18 PM

That is ridiculous.....smdh

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