High school student suspended over father’s knife in car

02/25/2014 // West Palm Beach, Florida, US // JusticeNewsFlash // Justice News Flash // (press release)

Clarksville, Tennessee – A high school student was suspended after a fishing knife was found in his father’s car during a random search. As reported by News Channel 5, David Duren-Sanner was suspended from Northeast High School in Clarksville for 10 days, the maximum allowed under school policy, and then given 90 days at an alternative school in connection with the incident that many have labeled as a simple mistake.

Duren-Sanner drove his father’s vehicle to school on Thursday and gave permission for it to be searched during a random lockdown. He says he was unaware that the fishing knife had been left in the vehicle. His father, who is a commercial fisherman, says the fishing knife may have been wedged between a seat.

The teenager’s grandmother, Peggy Duren, with whom he lives, says school officials refused to listen when she tried to explain that the knife was not his. Duren is quoted as stating, “Unfortunately (the vice principal) said that’s the way it is now: Guilty until proven innocent. It’s part of this zero tolerance policy.”

Duren-Sanner is also now facing charges with the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department.

An online petition has been started in support of Duren-Sanner and has gotten more than 600 signatures.

An appeal hearing with the school board regarding the matter has been set for Wednesday.

This report is provided by Justice News Flash – Tennessee Legal News

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