- The Washington Times - Tuesday, March 18, 2014

An Ohio high school student and EMT trainee was thrown in jail for 13 days, expelled, and kicked out of an Army training program because of his school’s zero-tolerance policy toward a pocket knife and an Airsoft gun found in his car.

Jordan Wiser, a student at Ashtabula County Technical School in Jefferson, now has to finish his senior year online after school officials searched his car and found the items. The police were called, and the teen was charged with illegal conveyance of a weapon on school grounds, Fox News reported.

“I declined to allow them to search myself or my car and that I wanted to talk to my lawyer or my father,” Mr. Wiser told Fox. “They told me it wasn’t an option.”

But Superintendent Jerome Brockway said the teen gave them permission to search.

Mr. Wiser is reportedly an EMT trainee who hopes to become both a police officer and a soldier. He said the knife is part of his first responder’s kit and was found tucked inside his EMT medical vest in the trunk of his car. He said the Airsoft gun, which is not illegal, was for a shooting club he belonged to, Fox reported.

The teen spent 13 days in the Ashtabula County Jail and has been kicked out of the Army’s Future Soldier Training System program.

Mr. Wiser said he is seriously considering filing a lawsuit. He has a court hearing on April 1.

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