- The Washington Times - Tuesday, February 25, 2014

A senior at a Tennessee high school is worried he won’t graduate after he was suspended and charged for having a knife inside his father’s car that he drove to school.

David Duren-Sanner was suspended from Northeast High School for 10 days and reprimanded to attend 90 days at an alternative school after officials found his father’s fishing knife inside the car he drove to school, a local news station reported.

The unwitting teen had given officials authority to search the car — which belongs to his father, a commercial fisherman — during a random inspection.

David tried to explain to an officer with the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department that he didn’t own the car or the knife.

“He’s like ‘it doesn’t matter, it was in your possession anyway,’” the student recalled.

He now faces a weapons charge.

“Unfortunately (the vice principal) said that’s the way it is now: Guilty until proven innocent. It’s part of this zero tolerance policy,” the student’s grandmother, Peggy Duren, told the station.

David plans to appeal the decision at a hearing with the school board on Wednesday.

If the decision is upheld, the teen will not be able to attend prom, his JROTC ball or walk at graduation. His family said it’s unclear whether he’ll be able to graduate at all, the station reported.

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