David Duren-Sanner was recently suspended from Northeast High School in Clarksville, Tenn. after school officials and police found a fishing knife inside his father's car.
Last Thursday, Duren-Sanner drove his father's car to school. However, the car was searched during a random lockdown and the fishing knife was found (video below).
Duren-Sanner told school officials and the Sheriff's department that his father is a commercial fisherman who left a fishing knife wedged between some seats in the car. The teen told them he didn't know the knife was in the car.
"He's like, 'It doesn't matter it was in your possession anyway,'" Duren-Sanner told News Channel 5.
Duren-Sanner was suspended him for 10 days and then he must attend an alternative school for 90 days.
"Unfortunately [the vice principal] said that's the way it is now. Guilty until proven innocent. It's part of this zero tolerance policy," said Peggy Duren, Duren-Sanner's grandmother whom he lives with.
According to The Blaze, the teen will appeal his punishment tomorrow, but If it is upheld, Duren-Sanner won't be allowed to attend prom or walk at graduation. He will likely not be admitted to most colleges either.
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Duren-Sanner also faces weapons charges from the Montgomery County Sheriff's Department.
A Change.org petition in support of Duren-Sanner has gotten more than 12,000 signatures.
Neither the school or the police department will comment.