A Virginia middle school student claims she was suspended and is facing expulsion after she took a razor blade from a classmate who was cutting his arm. Sixth grader Adrionna Harris took the blade, threw it away, and tried to help her friend understand that he shouldn’t be hurting himself. The next day, Harris decided to tell school administration what happened so that they were aware of the issue, and school officials responded by suspending her for 10 days.
“I was shocked and surprised,” said Rachael Harris, the young girl’s mother. “I was very shocked that a student would get suspended for saving another child. The school system over-reached absolutely.”
The school has suspended the student for 10 days and has allegedly recommended that she be expelled, per their zero tolerance policy. Harris says she felt that she was helping her peer and that she would do it again if she had to.
“I took the razor blade, and then I threw it away immediately. I didn’t carry it around the school. I didn’t use it against anyone. I threw it away,” said Adrionna. “Even if I got in trouble, it didn’t matter because I was helping him. I would do it again even if I got suspended, yes.”
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Adrionna’s mother says she believes her daughter did the right thing and is angry that the school reacted the way that they did.
“I felt she did the right thing,” said Rachael Harris. “Under the circumstances, she thought he would bleed out, as he was cutting himself, and there was no teacher in sight. It was a 911 situation, and there wasn’t time to find a teacher.”
The Harris family says that they felt ignored by school officials for days after the suspension, but once they reported their story to the local news, administration finally returned their calls. Adrionna’s suspension hearing is scheduled for today, and the family hopes they will be able to resolve this issue so that she can get back to school.