By: Jahbrielle Henning-Rayford, Your Black World
A 13 year old Gwinnett County, Georgia junior high student is suspended for four days after unintentionally carrying a 1.5 inch knife to school.
After discovering the knife in his bag, Jack Persyn reported it to his teacher and was punished with the suspension. According to the Atlanta-Journal Constitution, his aunt bought the bag at a garage sale without checking the contents of it before giving it to Jack. His father, Bill Persyn believes the four day suspension is ridiculous. “No harm was done. It was a genuine honest mistake, yet he got pulled out of class for four days…this is nonsensical,” Jack’s father told WXIA, a local Atlanta radio station.
The Atlanta-Journal Constitution also contacted Gwinnett schools, and they responded by stating that the school only followed the rules:
“Gwinnett County Public Schools does not have a zero-tolerance policy. We look at situations individually and take appropriate disciplinary action. While we are not at liberty to confirm or discuss the discipline this young man faces, we know our administrators followed procedures as stated in the Student Conduct Code.
The rules call for more severe action against those students who do not self-report weapons they have in their possession. It’s important to understand that these rules are in place, in part, to prevent future incidents and rule violations. Without these rules in place, others could easily claim they were not aware of what they had in their possession.”