2nd-grader goes back to school

The 7-year-old boy who was suspended for carrying a knife to school was back in class on Wednesday.
Becky Vargo
Feb 21, 2013

The boy’s parents met with West Michigan Academy of Arts and Academics officials on Tuesday afternoon, and they agreed to allow the second-grader to return to the Ferrysburg school, the boy's father said.

Academy Director Travis Thomsen would not comment on the reason for ending the suspension early.

“We’re just glad that he’s back in school,” said the boy’s father, whom the Tribune is not naming in order to protect the identity of the child.

The boy was given an eight-day suspension after being found with a Cabela’s multi-tool knife on the school playground on Feb. 12, according to the father. The tool includes a blade less than 2 inches long.

The boy was originally suspended from school until Feb. 25.

The child was suspended in accordance with school board and student handbook policies, Thomsen said. That was despite the fact that the tool did not qualify as a dangerous weapon, according to state regulations.

Thomsen said student safety was the primary factor in sending the child home, although he was not threatening anyone with the device.

The child had been learning how to use the multi-tool safely the night before at home, so he could qualify to use it in Cub Scouts, his father said. The boy forgot that it was in his coat pocket when he went to school the next day.

Thomsen was also asked if there would be a review of school policies in light of this incident. He said: “The (academy's) Board of Directors receive fall and spring updates through the National Charter School Institute and review policies routinely.”

 

 

Comments

Unrepresented

Go ahead Tribune: Pile On! Where's the photos of the poor kid being escorted into school by his parents?

Unrepresented

Go ahead Tribune: Pile On! Where's the photos of the poor kid being escorted into school by his parents?

Say No To Tourist's

"Academy Director Travis Thomsen would not comment on the reason for ending the suspension early."

Most likely the Director read the comments posted here and realized he was wrong and common sence kicked in....Hopefully this 2nd grader wont need counseling after such a tramatic experiance he just endured.

To the unnamed parents, I hope your son does very well in his new adventure in the Cub Scouts despite what just happened and he will get to use his multi tool to the fullest of what its really made for.

Best of wishes. SNTT

Back to the Wall

At the most, the kid should lose a corner of his totin chip. And even that's stretching it, since it wasn't a safety infraction.

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