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Teen Suspended For Bringing Knife To School As Part Of Demonstration

| by Kathryn Schroeder

A teen has been suspended from school after unintentionally violating the weapons policy.

According to 19 Action News, Da’von Shaw, a 10th grade student at Bedford High School, planned a demonstration for his speech class on how to eat a healthy breakfast.

As part of the demonstration, he was going to cut an apple, requiring the use of a knife which he brought from home.

“I put in the slogan an apple a day keeps the doctor away because it was first period,” Da’von said.

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When Da’von brought the knife out in class, he was told it was not allowed.

“When I took out the knife the teacher then told me that I couldn't use it, so I didn't hesitate I just gave it to her,” said Da'von.

The school day continued and Da’von attended his other classes, until he received a suspension letter.

Da’von was suspended for five days for having a weapon at school.

His suspension has made his mother, Shakila Wilson, angry.

“I can take off my belt and use that as a weapon. Pens and pencils can be used as a weapon. You can't take a person with no intentions to harm and put them as a criminal because that's what you normally do,” Wilson said.

Wilson views the punishment as being too much, and that the school did not take the circumstances into account. She is concerned over her son missing classes and assignments.

19 Action News attempted to interview Superintendent Sherman Micsak, but he refused to speak about any student on camera.

Micsak did say in private to reporter Paul Orlousky that the punishment could have been a year suspension but it was lowered. He stands behind the punishment given to Da’von and feels it fit the violation.

Photo Source: 19 Action News