This high schooler had the audacity to slice an apple while on school grounds, and because of his actions, he got suspended for five days. Specifically, his crime was bringing a weapon to school. From The Blaze:
A 10th-grade student in Bedford, Ohio, was giving a presentation on the importance of healthy eating when he did something that got him suspended for five days. What was his breach?
He tried to slice an apple.
According to WOIO-TV, Da’von Shaw was demonstrating alternatives to fried food, and he remembered the slogan, “an apple a day keeps the doctor away.” He was showing the class how apples and dried cranberries can be a satisfying snack, but the teacher objected when he tried to slice the apple.
“When I took out the knife, the teacher then told me that I couldn’t use it,” Shaw said. “I didn’t hesitate. I just gave it to her.”
Shaw went about his day, unaware that he was in trouble, until he found out at the end of the day that he would be suspended for five days for bringing a weapon to school.
Shaw’s mother, Shakila Wilson, strongly objected to the punishment, saying it doesn’t take the circumstances into consideration.
“I can take off my belt and use that as a weapon,” she said. “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.”
Superintendent Sherman Micsak told WOIO that Shaw’s punishment could have been up to a year.
I think this is one of those cases where someone in authority could have used just a little common sense. He was cutting an apple for crying out loud. And the superintendent said that he could’ve gotten a year suspension? Are you kidding me?