One mother was shocked recently after her 13-year-old daughter was suspended for bringing a butter knife to school to cut a pear.
Morgan LaPlaume, a student at Wamsutta Middle School in Attleboro, Massachusetts, said she brought the butter knife because the braces on her teeth make it difficult to bite into fruit.
LaPlaume obviously did not mean any harm by bringing the rounded-tip knife, but she was taken to the principal’s office and suspended for a day due to her school’s no-tolerance policy.
“As we were walking to his office I asked him and he said we you are not allowed to have knives in school and I said, ‘I was using it to cut my pear, I wasn't using to it harm any other student’ and he said ‘I know but it's the policy,’” LaPlaume told FOX25.
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LaPlaume’s mother, Melissa LaPlaume, is justifiably outraged by the school’s reaction and says they should have given her daughter a warning, rather than suspending her.
“It's a butter knife. She has braces. She was cutting her pear. There is no intent at all there,” Melissa said.
Yet, according to the school’s handbook that all parents and students must sign at the beginning of the year, there is a no-tolerance policy for bringing knives to school.
“I understand the policy, but I think that every child needs to be looked at individually,” Melissa said. “And every case is different. Not every child is the same. In Morgan's case, I believe she should have just been given a verbal warning.”
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Melissa said she will continue to talk with the administration in order to get the frivolous suspension off her daughter’s record.