Teen Expelled From School and Jailed For 13 Days For Having Pocketknife in His Car

Jordan Wiser is an 18-year-old student at Ashtabula County Technical and Career Campus in Ohio. His particular focus of study was public safety. He was interested in becoming a firefighter and an EMT. He was already certified to be an emergency vehicle operator. He was familiar with self-defense weapons and has videos of himself on YouTube talking about things like weapons and law enforcement, among other things. The Ashtabula County Technical and Career Campus (A-Tech) website summarizes their Public Safety Academy program:

The A-Tech Public Safety Academy prepares students to successfully enter into and obtain the needed training for certifications in firefighting, private security, and Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) careers.

First-year students will study basic law enforcement, criminal justice, and private security and learn constitutional law, defensive techniques, investigative procedures, security, discipline, professionalism and physical fitness.

Second-year students will study firefighting and EMT-B training. Students will be presented with the opportunity to earn state certification as an EMT-B, Professional Rescuer and Level II (240) firefighter.

Students will study and learn to operate protective tools, equipment, safe and efficient fire suppression activities, hazardous material operations, rescue techniques, fire prevention education and fire alarm systems.

So, when officials got wind of his “controversial” videos involving weapons, they decided they needed to search his car without notifying him. They found a pocketknife, a stun gun and an airsoft gun. Wiser commented on their findings:

“I didn’t think anything of the Airsoft guns,” said Wiser in a statement. “Our school is a technical school, and I was planning on meeting with my Airsoft team after school. My stun gun was locked in the glove box, and the knife was in my EMT medical vest. I bought it at K-Mart and have it as part of my first responder kit for cutting seatbelts.”

Nevertheless, they have a “no tolerance” policy, and the pocketknife was in violation of it. No weapons are allowed on school property. He was arrested and charged with a class 5 felony and spent 13 days in prison. The Daily Caller continued:

He is worried that a conviction will destroy his chance at a career in public service. Indeed, he has already been expelled from high school and technical school, and had his participation in the U.S. Army’s Future Soldiers program terminated.

“I won’t even be able to be a janitor. I’m 18 years old, and this is going to ruin my entire life,” he said.

Prosecutors aren’t backing down, however.

“We charge [people] with everything that we feel they are guilty of, and in this case, he is guilty of a felony,” said Ashtabula County assistant prosecutor Harold Specht in a statement.

As a condition of his release from jail, he was given an ankle monitor and ordered to remove all weapons from his house. Most curiously of all, he was told to have no further contact with his grandfather, who is dying of cancer.

“The one judge I went in front of told me to remove any firearms from my parents’ house and put them at my grandpa’s house,” said Wiser. “The next judge freaked out about me even knowing what a gun is and put a no contact order against me and my grandparents. My grandfather is dying right now, and I am not allowed within 500 feet of him.”

How in the world are these kids supposed to learn anything about being an EMT or self-defense techniques if they don’t allow any weapons on campus? How do they expect these kids to learn anything if they’re constantly being brainwashed to be scared to death of toy guns and pocketknives?