Stand up for student David Duren-Sanner unreasonably suspended and charged
  • Petitioning Clarksville-Montgomery County School Board

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Clarksville-Montgomery County School Board

Stand up for student David Duren-Sanner unreasonably suspended and charged

    1. Jesse Gifford
    2. Petition by

      Jesse Gifford

      Centerville, United States

I've known David and his family for years, which is why it's shocking that Northeast High School and the Montgomery County Sheriff's Department are overreacting after they found his dad's knife in the truck this young man borrowed to bring to school.

Northeast High School in Clarksville, TN had a random search on Thursday, February 20th and they checked lockers, backpacks and cars. David drove his dad's car to school that day, so it too was searched with his permission.

It turns out that his Dad had left his fishing knife in the car, apparently wedged between the seat & console so the police cited David for a weapon on school property. Not only that, but the school gave him a 10 day suspension and reprimanded him to 90 days at the alternative school!

David explained that it was his dad's car & his fishing knife but to no avail. He is a A/B honor student who has never ever had any problems in or out of school.

He may appeal the punishment, but this is his senior year and who knows if he will be able to go back to school or finish out his senior year. He did not have a knife in school, in his backpack, or his locker. He drove his dad's car to school and his dad left his fishing knife in the locked car.

Just think what this could do to this promising young man's future.

He may be forced to miss his prom and his final months with his classmates before college, and more importantly, he may not even be able to graduate.

David also may have his record tarnished with a weapons charge.

Please sign and share. If enough of us speak out, the school board and local authorities will have no choice but to drop all punishment against David who did nothing wrong!

2/27 update. David's school penalty has been reduced so he will reportedly be able to go to prom and graduate, but he's still facing 30 days at an alternative school and a charge for possession of a prohibited weapon, so please keep signing and sharing. 

Clarksville-Montgomery County School Board
End David-Duren Sanner's Suspension, drop all charges against him and do not punish him for days missed due to the suspension.

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Recent signatures


    1. Reached 25,000 signatures
    2. David's school penalty reduced, still facing 30 days at alternative school

      Jesse Gifford
      Petition Organizer
      Punishment Reduced For Student Suspended For Father's Knife

      Punishment Reduced For Student Suspended For Father's Knife Posted: Wednesday, February 26, 2014 4:55 PM EST Updated: Wednesday, February 26, 2014 5:04 PM EST CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. - The Clarksville high school senior suspended because a knife was found in his father's car appealed his punishment.

    3. Reached 20,000 signatures
    4. Reached 15,000 signatures
    5. Local news has covered the story. The hearing is set for Wednesday morning.

      Jesse Gifford
      Petition Organizer

      Channel 5 has covered the story here -

      The hearing with the school board for appeal will be Wednesday morning. Thanks to all those who have signed and shared the petition!

      Clarksville Student Suspended For Knife In Father's Car

      CLARKSVILLE, Tenn - A high school student in Montgomery County has been suspended after school officials found a knife inside his father's car. David Duren-Sanner should be spending his time going through college and scholarship applications this time of year.

    6. Reached 750 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Norman Catledge ORLANDO, FL
      • about 8 hours ago

      I taught high school for several decades-and I find rules too lenient. This, however, is too strict!

      • 9 days ago

      life of our learners

    • Zach Cowfer WHITE HOUSE, TN
      • about 1 month ago

      It utterly disgusts me how ignorant the school's policy is. Zero tolerance = Zero common sense.

    • Betty Burrke SAN JOSE, CA
      • about 1 month ago

      He is being punished unfairly

    • Eric Atherton NORTHFIELD, NH
      • 2 months ago

      Zero tolerance is what I call a no brainer, as in no brains no thinking just a crummy policy without any backbone


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