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.