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Student Suspended for Taking Razor From Classmate (Who Was Self-Harming)
WAVY ^ | Thursday, March 20, 2014 | Andy Fox

Posted on 03/20/2014 11:55:06 AM PDT by nickcarraway

We teach kids that honesty is the best policy, but at one Virginia Beach middle school it might be better to keep the truth to yourself.

Last Thursday at Bayside Middle School, sixth grader Adrionna Harris came to the aide of a classmate who was cutting his arm. She faces expulsion for taking a razor from the student, throwing it away and convincing him what he was doing wasn’t right. She thought she was doing the right thing, so on Friday she told the school administration what happened. The way school officials responded led to this question: was the school’s zero tolerance policy taken too far?

Instead of getting praise from the school administration, Adrionna got a 10 day suspension with recommendation for expulsion. The interesting thing — the only reason Adrionna got suspended was because she admitted what happened. The alleged weapon was thrown away, and it was her word alone that led to her suspension.

“I was shocked and surprised. I was very shocked that a student would get suspended for saving another child,” said Rachael Harris, Adrionna’s mother. “The school system over-reached absolutely.”

The school’s own details of the event state Adrionna reported the student had a razor blade. She admitted taking it from the student then throwing the blade away.

“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,” she told 10 On Your Side.

“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.”

We asked Adrionna, if she would do the same thing again, knowing she would get suspended for holding the blade.

“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,” she said.

Most frustrating to the Harris family is they feel like they were ignored — none of their calls were returned about the incident until 10 On Your Side got involved. WAVY.com made calls and went to the school. We called school board members, who didn’t want to comment, but calls finally came in to the Harris family.

“It is amazing. They are listening to us now … she should be back in school tomorrow and that would be fair,” said Rachael Harris.

Wednesday night, Virginia Beach City Public Schools agreed to do something that makes the Harris family really happy — they’ve moved Adrionna’s suspension hearing, which was supposed to be in ten days, to Thursday.

The Harris family hopes after the hearing, where everything is explained again, that Adrionna will be allowed back to class on Friday or at the latest Monday.

You can count on WAVY.com to keep you updated on what happens.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Extended News; US: Virginia
KEYWORDS: cutting; discipline; disorders; schools; selfharm; selfinjury; teens; virginiabeach; zerotolerance
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1 posted on 03/20/2014 11:55:06 AM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

Government school is child abuse!


2 posted on 03/20/2014 11:57:08 AM PDT by Navy Patriot (Join the Democrats, it's not Fascism when WE do it, and the Constitution and law mean what WE say.)
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To: nickcarraway

That is nuts. This school system needs sued out of existence. And all the administrators sent their pink slips, along with summons.


3 posted on 03/20/2014 11:58:23 AM PDT by LaRueLaDue
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To: nickcarraway

She should have kept the razor and gotten expelled, instead.


4 posted on 03/20/2014 11:58:40 AM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: nickcarraway

There was a case here a while back where one boy saw another student attack another in the bathroom, and was choking the kid. He broke this up and reported the incident, and got suspended for fighting. Nothing happened to the aggressor because he did not admit to anything.

Kids are being taught how the Transformed America will work.


5 posted on 03/20/2014 11:59:03 AM PDT by DBrow
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To: nickcarraway
Adrionna’s parents should be proud of their girl for performing a heroic act. Then, they should lawyer up to make sure the school district gives her full ride expenses to the college of her choice for being so stupid as to even consider suspension.
6 posted on 03/20/2014 12:00:21 PM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: nickcarraway

The school admin is just ticked off that they can’t schedule another 10 days of “seminars” on how to help children who are self-mutilating so they can pat themselves on the back for being sensitive.


7 posted on 03/20/2014 12:01:06 PM PDT by Jaded (Really? Seriously?)
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To: DBrow

Evan Sayett:
“The modern liberal, there’s something about his ideology that leads him to invariably and inevitably side with evil over good, wrong over right, the lesser over the better, the ugly over the beautiful, the profane over the profound, and the behaviors that lead to failure over those that lead to success.”


8 posted on 03/20/2014 12:03:52 PM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: DBrow

I love how they do all this media stuff about preventing bullying, but at the end of the ay they support it.


9 posted on 03/20/2014 12:05:00 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

Whoever made the decision should be fired, and their boss. but they wont be.


10 posted on 03/20/2014 12:05:06 PM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: Navy Patriot

“Government school is child abuse!”

That’s becoming more painfully apparent every day in this nation.


11 posted on 03/20/2014 12:07:17 PM PDT by jameslalor
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To: nickcarraway

This is a suspension the girl should wear with pride. She did the correct thing. Take the punishment and keep doing what’s right. Begging for “forgiveness” from idiots would be a step in the wrong direction. JMHO


12 posted on 03/20/2014 12:07:35 PM PDT by grania
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To: nickcarraway

You sit and try to think of just the right comment to these types of instances. About all I can come up with, is that this is 180 degrees against my way of thinking.

The kid should get hazard pay for taking the dangerous device away. Instead they get kicked in the teeth.

These people and their incredible lack of judgement, disqualifies them from being in positions of authority, especially in places where children are involved, and good morals should be being taught to them.

This is gross negligence.


13 posted on 03/20/2014 12:09:34 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (Immigration Reform is job NONE. It isn't even the leading issue with Hipanics. Enforce our laws.)
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To: nickcarraway

I guess I need to say this again. There is only one reason for “zero tolerance” policies.

INCOMPETENCE!

When a group of people that have responsibilities (real or implied) are in a position that could perceivable make decisions, they introduce liability. If there is concern that these “decision makers” are not competent, then they invite risk (litigation). The solution is to remove their responsibility to make decisions, thereby mitigating any liability. In this way, an institution can actually fire an employee (union contracts and all that) for violating the policy by “making a logical decision”.

It stands to reason, then, that our government teachers have been classified as incompetent to use good judgement and make good decisions by the very institution that employes them. But they are competent to regurgitate lessons from a book they follow.

And we wonder what is wrong with our public education system in America.


14 posted on 03/20/2014 12:11:48 PM PDT by Tenacious 1 (My whimsical litany of satyric prose and avarice pontification of wisdom demonstrates my concinnity.)
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To: nickcarraway

Virginia Beach City Public Schools.........?????

Guess this means in the DC area?????

The sheer mindlessness of this kind of BS depresses me almost to the point of giving up on the human species and moving permanently to the Alaskan Wilderness.

One wonders that given the sheer mindlessness of this incident if it is even true, or is this a joke or a prank or supernatural beings???

Some think humans are millennial descendants of chimpanzees! Are we seeing a reversion???


15 posted on 03/20/2014 12:11:51 PM PDT by Cen-Tejas (it's the debt bomb stupid!)
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To: DoughtyOne

Believe me, the liberal that made this decision thinks it’s the right one.


16 posted on 03/20/2014 12:11:59 PM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: nickcarraway

Pure liberal idiocy. Stick a fork in us...we’re done.


17 posted on 03/20/2014 12:15:03 PM PDT by arielguard (Fasting without prayer is vainglory.)
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To: nickcarraway

The message here is to do nothing on your own initiative - ever. Report it to the “government” and wait for them to file a report after it is over. Never, ever, never act on your own or you will be punished by the drone collective.


18 posted on 03/20/2014 12:15:18 PM PDT by Truth29
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To: nickcarraway

I’m convinced the east coast (~D.C. and northward) has taken leave of its senses to a greater degree than the west coast. These no-common-sense stories always come from “there”.


19 posted on 03/20/2014 12:17:38 PM PDT by steve86 (to the nearest on-shore cell tower or repeater).)
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To: Truth29

So, you should abandon your religion, if the government tells you to.


20 posted on 03/20/2014 12:18:48 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: Truth29

That is the message but the lesson is to do what is right and then lie to the government. Who would have thougth the middle class would ever need a “no snitching” campaign.


21 posted on 03/20/2014 12:20:05 PM PDT by RightOnTheBorder
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To: HiTech RedNeck

This is nuts.


22 posted on 03/20/2014 12:22:37 PM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: nickcarraway

This really is child abuse....God help Amerika


23 posted on 03/20/2014 12:23:26 PM PDT by Halgr (Once a Marine, always a Marine - Semper Fi)
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To: nickcarraway

Once again, so-called academics prove themselves to be the most narrow-minded, rigid and bureaucratic people you will ever meet.

its a paradox, but the times have given it proof.


24 posted on 03/20/2014 12:24:16 PM PDT by PGR88
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To: nickcarraway

Maybe Adrionna (or one like her) is the next Patrick Henry, in wait. We need another call to arms: “Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, Give me Liberty, or give me Death!” Unless that part of history has been expunged from their books...


25 posted on 03/20/2014 12:27:23 PM PDT by kdot
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To: Cen-Tejas

Virginia Beach is 3-4 hours away from DC.


26 posted on 03/20/2014 12:28:31 PM PDT by SoothingDave
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To: nickcarraway

This crap has been going on for a long time. Similar thing happened in the 90’s in my hometown, except that the perp was waving gun around, and the other student talked him into surrendering it. Yep, the peacemaker got suspended (not sure if he was expelled), and the punishment was upheld by the school board.

Fornicate public schools.


27 posted on 03/20/2014 12:28:43 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (Richard Warman censors free speech.)
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To: LaRueLaDue

The suspended student thought for herself and acted upon her innate morals and ethics. This cannot be allowed in the new and improved liberal fascist States of America. It is verboten to allow drones to think for themselves in the brave new world of the DNC and NEA.

This nation is truly upside-down. It breaks my heart and pisses me off to no end.


28 posted on 03/20/2014 12:30:05 PM PDT by Flagpole Erectus (Just because I'm paranoid doesn't prove they aren't out to get me. Forget PMs. I gots tinfoil.)
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To: nickcarraway
"So, you should abandon your religion, if the government tells you to."

I don't think the Left would view its job as done until the students view Government as their religion.

29 posted on 03/20/2014 12:31:13 PM PDT by Truth29
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To: Navy Patriot

These government school rats operate with impunity in the darkness.

Shine a light on them, let the world know what abuses they heap on the helpless, and they they scurry for cover, backpedaling looking for cover.


30 posted on 03/20/2014 12:32:21 PM PDT by JimBianchi11 (The 2A is the cornerstone of our free society. Those that don't support it, oppose it.)
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To: nickcarraway

How can schools teach critical thinking, when they don’t even apply it to their jobs? Good grief. The “educated” educators are idiots.


31 posted on 03/20/2014 12:33:19 PM PDT by tioga
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To: MrB

Oh, I have not doubt of that. :^)


32 posted on 03/20/2014 12:36:43 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (Immigration Reform is job NONE. It isn't even the leading issue with Hipanics. Enforce our laws.)
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To: grania

I agree with you. This girl is a person of real character.


33 posted on 03/20/2014 12:39:24 PM PDT by Psalm 144 (My citizenship is not here.)
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To: nickcarraway

Sue for millions

Any word on the boy and his family?

A wrongful life suit maybe?

Crazy world


34 posted on 03/20/2014 12:41:45 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: grania

She needs a private or home school


35 posted on 03/20/2014 12:43:11 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: nickcarraway

She did the right thing, and the school was wrong. The girl must be reinstated, given an apology, and a monetary compensation.
The idiots who did it must be fired without recourse.

This is not zero tolerance. It is stupidity.


36 posted on 03/20/2014 12:43:36 PM PDT by I want the USA back (Media: completely irresponsible traitors. Complicit in the destruction of our country.)
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To: JimBianchi11
Shine a light on them, let the world know what abuses they heap on the helpless, and they they scurry for cover, backpedaling looking for cover.

That is true.

37 posted on 03/20/2014 12:44:07 PM PDT by Navy Patriot (Join the Democrats, it's not Fascism when WE do it, and the Constitution and law mean what WE say.)
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To: GeronL
She needs a private or home school

Every child needs private or home school.

38 posted on 03/20/2014 12:45:51 PM PDT by Navy Patriot (Join the Democrats, it's not Fascism when WE do it, and the Constitution and law mean what WE say.)
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To: tioga

Is that satire?

Critical thinking went out long ago


39 posted on 03/20/2014 12:46:34 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: LaRueLaDue

So what did the school administrators teach the children, keep your mouths shut and watch another child kill themselves or you also will be expelled.


40 posted on 03/20/2014 12:50:22 PM PDT by chiefqc
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To: GeronL

that explains it, it’s dead


41 posted on 03/20/2014 12:50:43 PM PDT by tioga
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To: nickcarraway

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again.....
Government school teachers generally care more about covering their ass and protecting their lucrative pensions than the welfare of the children.


42 posted on 03/20/2014 12:51:20 PM PDT by READINABLUESTATE ("If guns cause crime, there must be something wrong with mine." -Ted Nugent)
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To: nickcarraway

Liberals don’t want ordinary people to be heroes, they want all the heroes to work for the government.


43 posted on 03/20/2014 12:52:47 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Tenacious 1
There is only one reason for “zero tolerance” policies. INCOMPETENCE!

I believe you have nailed the chief reason. Nobody trusts the judgment of the person in charge at the lower levels. Constant policy revisions, forms and procedures are put in place to remove any room for common sense or judgment calls in dealing with students (or any one else for that matter)

I'm aware of one school system that wants its teachers to plan their lessons in 6 minute intervals instead of allowing them the freedom to adjust their teaching to the students' needs or shortcomings in a given area.

I have also seen it at the corporate level with manuals for offices even designating how many inches apart the desks should be separated.

44 posted on 03/20/2014 12:57:47 PM PDT by DeFault User (.)
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To: driftdiver

And all of them need to have their names plastered all over the Internet.
If they want anonymity then let them be self employed. As public servants they make public decisions.


45 posted on 03/20/2014 1:04:43 PM PDT by MrEdd (vHeck? Geewhiz Cripes, thats the place where people who don't believe in Gosh think they aint going.)
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To: nickcarraway

Contact a lawyer and get ready to move out of state.


46 posted on 03/20/2014 1:12:38 PM PDT by redgolum ("God is dead" -- Nietzsche. "Nietzsche is dead" -- God.)
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To: nickcarraway

Anti-bully campaigns can be used to promote speech (thought) restrictions and teach kids how to be ruled as opposed to how to be free.


47 posted on 03/20/2014 1:19:35 PM PDT by DBrow
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To: chiefqc; Flagpole Erectus

Yeah. Amazing. Simply amazing.

If you just sit and think about this for a minute, I don’t know how anyone with a modicum of intelligence could come up with these actions.

Anyone associated with this (making the rule, interpreting the rule, applying the rule, etc.) is not fit or intelligent enough to sweep street gutters with a hand broom, much less be in contact with children.


48 posted on 03/20/2014 1:27:17 PM PDT by LaRueLaDue
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To: MrB

This is torch and pitch forks stuff...


49 posted on 03/20/2014 1:41:18 PM PDT by Delta Dawn (Fluent in two languages: English and cursive.)
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To: DBrow
Kids are being taught how the Transformed America will work.

Actually, they are being taught THAT the Transformed America will work.

However, it doesn't. It will not because it cannot work.

It has failed every time it has been tried.

50 posted on 03/20/2014 1:47:26 PM PDT by Only1choice____Freedom (As long as America's tolerence of failure is not overwhelmed by a desire to succeed, we will fail.)
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