High Schooler Given 12-Month Expulsion for Forgetting About Pocketknife in Her Locker

I remember being at the airport about 11 years ago and forgetting that I had a pocketknife on me. I always had it on me, and I remembered that I had it as I was going through security. Instead of waiting for the security personnel to find it, I decided I would tell them as soon as I could, so that they wouldn’t think I was trying to sneak it in.

I pulled it out of my jacket where I always kept it and gave it to one of the guards. He gasped as if I were holding an explosive device. With eyes wide open and mouth gaping in awe, he unfolded it slowly and showed it to me as if I had never seen it before. “Yeah, it’s my knife. I know what it looks like.”

Thankfully, I didn’t get in trouble. They gave me the option of mailing the knife to myself via the airport post office or allowing them to “hold on to it for me.” I took them up on their offer to let me mail the knife to my address.

A Minnesota high school student had the same issue. Seventeen-year-old Alyssa Drescher had forgotten that she had a pocketknife in her locker. Apparently, she had used the knife when she was helping her boyfriend on his farm with some chores, and she forgot that she still had it.

Alyssa was subjected to a random drug search when the police drug dog “alerted” to the perfume in her purse. Because the dog alerted, police had to also search her locker, where they found the sharp contraband. (The news reports are conflicting as to where exactly they found the knife. They found it either in her locker or her purse.)

So what was her punishment? A 2-day suspension? A 10-day suspension? How about a 12-month expulsion? Yep, that’s how they’re going to punish this kid for having a pocketknife. Here’s the local Minnesota CBS affiliate:

Her expulsion has captured the attention of her small community. What started as a three-day suspension from the principal led to a call from the superintendent and a 12-month expulsion. At a school board meeting Thursday night in Wells, members voted to keep Alyssa from school for the rest of the year. The superintendent says the school district’s zero tolerance policy left them no choice.

The community including Alyssa’s parents are acting shocked. What a ridiculous punishment for something so benign. I agree that it’s completely ludicrous. But there’s nothing here that’s shocking. This is normal nowadays. If you choose to entrust your kids to government school officials, expect there to be these sorts of incidents all the time. Remember, it’s these sorts of “no tolerance” polices that get 6-year-olds suspended for biting a pop tart in the wrong shape. That’s the caliber of common sense and intelligence that these officials possess who are in charge of these kids. As to why people choose to entrust their kids to these imbeciles, I have no idea. But those who do should expect nothing but sheer stupidity from them.