Va. middle-schooler suspended for confiscating razor from self-harming student

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A Virginia Beach middle-schooler was suspended last week and recommended for expulsion after she took a razor away from a self-harming student and told a teacher.

Adrionna Harris, a sixth-grader at Bayside Middle School, was suspended for 10 days after she told a school official that she confiscated and threw away a razor that another boy was using to mutilate his arm, a local news station reported.

The station said it was Adrionna’s word alone that led to her suspension.

“I took the razor blade, and then I threw it away immediately … I didn’t carry it around the school … I didn’t use it against anyone … I threw it away,” she said.

“I was shocked and surprised,” said Rachael Harris, Adrionna’s mother. “I was very shocked that a student would get suspended for saving another child. The school system over-reached absolutely.”

“I felt she did the right thing,” the mother continued. “Under the circumstances, she thought he would bleed out, as he was cutting himself, and there was no teacher in sight. It was a 911 situation, and there wasn’t time to find a teacher.”

Asked if Adrionna would react the same way again if the problem were to arise, she replied: “Even if I got in trouble, it didn’t matter because I was helping him … I would do it again even if I got suspended, yes.”

School officials at first ignored calls by the Harris family, but the media attention has forced them to reevaluate Adrionna’s punishment.

“It is amazing. They are listening to us now … she should be back in school tomorrow and that would be fair,” the girl’s mother told the station.

Adrionna’s suspension hearing with Virginia Beach City Public Schools was moved up to Thursday. She hopes she will be allowed back to class on Friday.

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