- The Washington Times - Wednesday, September 18, 2013

A high school student in Fox Chapel, Pa., said he was booted from his school’s football game and suspended for 10 days for trying to do the right thing by turning in his hunting knife to a security guard, a local television station reported.

“I dropped him off right at the corner there by the stop sign,” said David Schaffner, father to 16-year-old David Schaffner III, who dropped his son off at the game.

His son, an avid hunter who was cutting branches earlier in the day, realized he still had his knife in his pocket. Since knives are not allowed on campus and there is no metal detector, the teen grabbed a security guard and surrendered the knife, KDKA reported.

“Intentionally, willfully handed the pocket knife,” the father continued.

The student even voluntarily wrote a signed a statement: “I was in the woods behind my house at my tree stand and forgot to take my knife out of my pocket … came to the game and gave it to the security guard.”

The Fox Chapel principal then kicked him out of the game and suspended him for 10 days that following Monday morning, the station added.

“To me it sends a message, you should probably lie, ‘cause you’re going to get punished,” the father added.

Attorney Phil Dilucente is working on getting the teen back in school.

“Well, it’s utterly ridiculous,” he told KDKA. “I mean, what are we teaching our youth today? To not be honest, to now be open and forthcoming?”

A special hearing is reportedly planned with the superintendent.



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