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Small Knife in Lunchbox Gets N.C. Student Suspended, Charged With Weapon Possession
Fox News ^ | December 29, 2010 | Fox News

Posted on 12/29/2010 7:59:57 PM PST by ri4dc

A standout North Carolina high school student has been suspended for the remainder of her senior year and charged with a misdemeanor for having a small paring knife in her lunchbox.

Ashley Smithwick, 17, of Sanford told WRAL she accidentally took her father's lunchbox to Southern Lee High School in October instead of her own when school officials searched the lunchbox, along with several other students' possessions, possibly looking for drugs.

Ashley's father, Joe Smithwick told the station the lunchbox had a paring knife inside so that he could slice up an apple that accompanied it.

"It's just an honest mistake. That was supposed to be my lunch because it was a whole apple," he said.

But school officials didn't see it that way.

The athlete who takes college-level courses was suspended for the remainder for the school year, banned from campus and this month was charged with misdemeanor possession of a weapon on school grounds, WRAL reported.

Ashley says she finds the punishment particularly alarming because she's never been in trouble before.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; US: North Carolina
KEYWORDS: banglist; school
I searched and did not see this posted on FR. This is an outrage and Ashley did nothing wrong here. Clearly this was a mistake that was easily rectified, but the actions taken by these officials are over the top. "suspended for the remainder for the school year, banned from campus and this month was charged with misdemeanor possession of a weapon on school grounds" These 'school officials' should be sued into bankruptcy for ruining this girl's future, IMHO.
1 posted on 12/29/2010 8:00:01 PM PST by ri4dc
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To: ri4dc

Common sense is not a requirement to be an educator in todays world....


2 posted on 12/29/2010 8:05:04 PM PST by Red Badger (Whenever these vermin call you an 'idiot', you can be sure that you are doing to something right.)
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To: ri4dc

You mean even NC is full of politically correct f***** retards too?


3 posted on 12/29/2010 8:05:15 PM PST by pissant (THE Conservative party: www.falconparty.com)
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To: ri4dc

>> The athlete who takes college-level courses was suspended for the remainder for the school year.

The teachers should undergo the same scrutiny and be fired on the spot for any infraction regardless of how inconsequential.


4 posted on 12/29/2010 8:05:15 PM PST by Gene Eric (Your Hope has been redistributed. Here's your Change.)
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To: ri4dc

Bookmarking...If my fellow Freepers can come up with name and numbers, I’ll blast it out to my contacts and personally start calling, but have to go to sleep in a few minutes.


5 posted on 12/29/2010 8:05:20 PM PST by IAmNotAnAnimal
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To: ri4dc

Under that state’s regs, the principal can determine the punishment. As this student is an athlete, is taking college level courses, and IS WHITE - the principal applied the Leveling Principle and is making sure she can not benefit from her G*d given talents.

Gotta make sure the outcomes are the same.


6 posted on 12/29/2010 8:06:11 PM PST by GladesGuru (In a society predicated upon freedom, it is essential to examine principles,)
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To: ri4dc

Another youngster gets a much needed education in the reality of bureaucracy. She’ll remember this, for a long time to come.


7 posted on 12/29/2010 8:07:58 PM PST by tacticalogic
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To: ri4dc
This is reason enough to stop ALL public education because most of its’ administrators are idiots.
8 posted on 12/29/2010 8:11:34 PM PST by ryan71 (Dear spell check - No, I will not capitalize the "m" in moslem!)
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To: ri4dc

“It’s just an honest mistake ... “

Honesty and today’s school administrators are two mutually exclusive entities. IMHO


9 posted on 12/29/2010 8:12:05 PM PST by J Edgar
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To: ryan71

Every day I read this stuff, I am more glad we home school our two little ones. We will continue to do so as long as we can.


10 posted on 12/29/2010 8:17:58 PM PST by ri4dc (Cut your cable, Break Wind for the TSA, Flush Twice in 2012, and STOP ROTUS Now!)
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To: ri4dc

What a flipping outrage. She’s never been in trouble before, and they couldn’t give her the benefit of the doubt?

Sometimes I think I went to sleep and woke up in some kind of bizarro world.


11 posted on 12/29/2010 8:19:17 PM PST by Nea Wood (Silly liberal . . . paychecks are for workers!)
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To: GladesGuru

Yes, Equal Opportunity Education hard at work. Find any way to knock down those smart ‘privileged’ kids so the ‘under-privileged’ get moved up. Gotta meet those quotas, don’t ya know. God, please save our country.


12 posted on 12/29/2010 8:22:50 PM PST by ri4dc (Cut your cable, Break Wind for the TSA, Flush Twice in 2012, and STOP ROTUS Now!)
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To: ri4dc

A knife isn’t a weapon unless it’s 4 inches or longer. In some jurisdictions it’s 3 inches or longer. I doubt a little paring knife qualifies.


13 posted on 12/29/2010 8:25:15 PM PST by mamelukesabre (Si Vis Pacem Para Bellum (If you want peace prepare for war))
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To: ri4dc

Time for action tommorow a.m.

Southern Lee High School - Sanford, NC
Phone: (919) 718-2400

Found 2 different websites, not sure who is the current principal, but will find out:

1) Bonnie Almond - balmond.sl@lee.k12.nc.us
2) Rob Dietrich - rdietrcih.sl@lee.k12.nc.us

Am also notifying my rolling thunder contact

This is definetly a FReeper cause


14 posted on 12/29/2010 8:29:42 PM PST by IAmNotAnAnimal
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To: IAmNotAnAnimal

School opens again on Monday the 3rd - please bookmark this post and let’s help this girl.


15 posted on 12/29/2010 8:33:33 PM PST by IAmNotAnAnimal
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To: ri4dc

“God, please save our country.”

G*d is always on the side of the heaviest battalions and the hardest working people. It can be argued that we were given free choice and intelligence that we could make wise decisions if we studied and applied what we learned.

Obama is, arguably, America’s best educator on the subject of the dangers of socialism.

So - let’s make sure we educate our Democrat/Liberal/socialism infected friends ( and we all know some) AND get them to the polls in every election from dog catcher to POTUS.

“An informed electorate is the only safe repository of power” .... Thank you, Thomas Jefferson.


16 posted on 12/29/2010 8:39:52 PM PST by GladesGuru (In a society predicated upon freedom, it is essential to examine principles,)
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To: IAmNotAnAnimal

Bless you for any actions you take and inspire to defend this girl who took her father’s lunchbox to school. I hope this school and its officials feel the Freepin’ pain !


17 posted on 12/29/2010 8:44:03 PM PST by ri4dc (Cut your cable, Break Wind for the TSA, Flush Twice in 2012, and STOP ROTUS Now!)
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To: ri4dc

Anyone who takes this kind of admistrative totalitarianism lying down is a fool. There are no more real schools, there is no more justice in this country. It is time to recognize it.


18 posted on 12/29/2010 8:59:00 PM PST by Chickensoup (Protecting US interests ONLY if US interests move back into the States and give US citizens jobs.)
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To: Gene Eric

Fired? Criminally charged! Abuse of authority, contributing to delinquency of minors (n separate charges for n students in the school), etc.


19 posted on 12/29/2010 9:23:31 PM PST by coloradan (The US has become a banana republic, except without the bananas - or the republic.)
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To: ri4dc

both my boys carry knives in the pockets... so does their father... they start with Swiss Army knives and move up as they get older...


20 posted on 12/29/2010 9:26:42 PM PST by latina4dubya ( self-proclaimed tequila snob)
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To: GladesGuru
Obama is, arguably, America’s best educator on the subject of the dangers of socialism.

Sometimes I wonder if Obama is all part of Karl Rove's plan. For some temporary pain, the 'rat party and socialism could be destroyed for generations.

21 posted on 12/29/2010 9:29:21 PM PST by coloradan (The US has become a banana republic, except without the bananas - or the republic.)
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To: ri4dc
We will continue to do so as long as we can.

my prayer for you as that you will homeschool all the way through... we are in our tenth year... oldest son is ninth grade and youngest is in fifth... it can get difficult as they get older, but it is so worth it... in some ways my oldest needs me less, and in other ways he needs me more...

22 posted on 12/29/2010 9:30:08 PM PST by latina4dubya ( self-proclaimed tequila snob)
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To: ri4dc

I’ll call these fools.


23 posted on 12/29/2010 9:34:58 PM PST by Hotmetal (An Irishman is not too drunk if he can hold on to a blade of grass and not fall from earth.)
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To: latina4dubya

I definitely appreciate that encouragement. We did figure home schooling would get more difficult over time, which is why we started early. Oldest is six, youngest is two. Both speak two languages. Six year old is great in math and science, and has really demonstrated her love of knowledge; she is even interested in a 3rd language. Youngest will be a challenge for sure, she hates anyone telling her anything about anything as she has her OWN ideas and the attention span of a nat :)

My biggest prayer is that my income remains stable so that my wife can stay at home focused on their learning. So when I say as long as we can, that’s what I mean.

If we hit some specific issues, I may tag you for some advice :) Thanks for raising great kids and God bless !


24 posted on 12/29/2010 11:09:45 PM PST by ri4dc (Cut your cable, Break Wind for the TSA, Flush Twice in 2012, and STOP ROTUS Now!)
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To: metmom

ping


25 posted on 12/29/2010 11:15:26 PM PST by AAABEST (Et lux in tenebris lucet: et tenebrae eam non comprehenderunt)
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To: coloradan

While hardly a believer, I can wonder if there might be something beyond even Rove - after all, socialism is really theft.

And, I seem to remember a reference to “Don’t Steal” being allegedly recorded on a piece of stone.

;-)


26 posted on 12/29/2010 11:39:36 PM PST by GladesGuru (In a society predicated upon freedom, it is essential to examine principles,)
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To: ri4dc

bump ping


27 posted on 12/30/2010 12:40:46 AM PST by my job (I suppose that you are waiting for something profound here?)
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To: ri4dc

Its just ridiculous. In what world is a paring knife considered to be a weapon? The problem with “zero tolerance” is they take no account of the nature of the offense, whether there was an actual threat involved and the student’s record. Its not justice in my book to punish someone for a mistake any one could make.


28 posted on 12/30/2010 12:44:30 AM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: goldstategop

I look at this situation in light of the actual dangers that exist within our schools. This girl was obviously no threat to anyone and her parents backed up her claim. At that point the school was obligated to back off this kid. Yet these same officials likely ignore daily clear and present dangers from bullying and harassment to drugs and sexual predators. Something smells wrong about this story. Sounds more like the liberal establishment targeting this family for some reason. I hope whatever it is gets fixed for this kid’s sake. She’s a good performing high school Senior taking college courses.


29 posted on 12/30/2010 1:23:01 AM PST by ri4dc (Cut your cable, Break Wind for the TSA, Flush Twice in 2012, and STOP ROTUS Now!)
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To: ri4dc
Ridiculous!

WRAL.com

Ashley Smithwick, 17, of Sanford, was suspended from Southern Lee High School in October 2010 for after school personnel found a small, green paring knife in her lunchbox.

30 posted on 12/30/2010 3:25:25 AM PST by Mila
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To: Mila

Goodness gracious, the handle on the knife is longer than the blade.

I will happy to contribute to any fund or organization that steps up to help this girl and her family. Schools have done this thing in the past simply because they could. Time to put a stop to that. Let ‘em have their silly rules and policies, but make certain it takes a lot out of them to enforce them. As bad as the financial situation is for schools at every level the cloud’s silver lining is that they have fewer and fewer resources to fight silly fights like this one would be.


31 posted on 12/30/2010 5:29:13 AM PST by jwparkerjr (It's the Constitution, Stupid!)
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To: Mila

Goodness gracious, the handle on the knife is longer than the blade.

I will be happy to contribute to any fund or organization that steps up to help this girl and her family. Schools have done this thing in the past simply because they could. Time to put a stop to that. Let ‘em have their silly rules and policies, but make certain it takes a lot out of them to enforce them. As bad as the financial situation is for schools at every level the cloud’s silver lining is that they have fewer and fewer resources to fight silly fights like this one would be.


32 posted on 12/30/2010 5:29:31 AM PST by jwparkerjr (It's the Constitution, Stupid!)
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To: jwparkerjr

We are committing national suicide.


33 posted on 12/30/2010 5:32:43 AM PST by GlockThe Vote (Who needs Al Queda to worry about when we have Obama?)
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To: GlockThe Vote

re: committing national suicide

Amen. Has any nation or society in history managed to reverse the trend once they started down the slippery slope to ruin? We have so many things going the wrong way now that I frankly don’t see much hope of stopping our slide.


34 posted on 12/30/2010 5:40:02 AM PST by jwparkerjr (It's the Constitution, Stupid!)
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To: ri4dc

Update: http://www.wral.com/news/local/story/8851902/

She not currently under suspension at all, according to the school, and the paring knife wasn’t in a lunchbag, it was in her purse. Although, the lunchbag in question kind of looks like a purse. Albeit a very ugly one.


35 posted on 12/30/2010 5:40:54 AM PST by coop71 (Being a redhead means never having to say you're sorry...)
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To: jwparkerjr

The only thingthat ill change it is a complete collapse, a massive war like WW2 to where everyone has to fightfor survival, or something like that.

Oter than that - we are screwed.


36 posted on 12/30/2010 5:43:42 AM PST by GlockThe Vote (Who needs Al Queda to worry about when we have Obama?)
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To: GlockThe Vote

My grandfather, who died in 1954, used to say depressions were the forest fires of economics. Just like the forest needs the occasional fire to restore balance to its system, the economy needs the occasional depression to let it start over.

There is not a single problem we’ve encountered in my lifetime that’s been solved. They are either kicked on down the road to be handled by our children, or something is done that not only fails to solve the problem, but actually makes it worse, or introduces new problems.

And the problem with problems is, they add up. At some point the combination of problems becomes such that a relatively small new problem will bring down the house of cards. I fear that’s where we are now.


37 posted on 12/30/2010 6:17:03 AM PST by jwparkerjr (It's the Constitution, Stupid!)
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To: ri4dc
The public school system MUST be destroyed for the good of the country.

I say again, it MUST be destroyed.

38 posted on 12/30/2010 6:49:49 AM PST by backwoods-engineer (I've giving up Facebook because of OPSEC issues.)
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To: ri4dc

What in the hell is wrong with North Carolina!

I started carrying a knife to school in the 3rd grade. Except for travel in foreign countries, I’ve had one there ever since.

Did a suburb of San Francisco get dropped into NC a la the Wizard of Oz? Do the good ole boys of NC walk around with fingernail clippers in their pockets, since knives would be too aggressive?

Of course, I suspect some of the schools in Commieville Arizona (Tucson) have the same repulsive rules, but I’ve never heard of someone being suspended for a knife in a lunchbox. And what in the commie hell are they doing searching lunchboxes?


39 posted on 12/30/2010 7:05:09 AM PST by Mr Rogers (Poor history is better than good fiction, and anything with lots of horses is better still)
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To: ri4dc

I suppose, in honesty, I should admit I home school our daughter. The local school district recommended a few years ago that she get psychiatric counseling. Why? Because while in the 4th grade, she licked her fingers and chased boys around the playground.

Asked why she did it, she replied, “I wanted to create pandemonium, and I succeeded!”

The only voice of reason was her teacher, who confided in private that she had done the same sort of thing when she was in the 4th grade...


40 posted on 12/30/2010 7:10:18 AM PST by Mr Rogers (Poor history is better than good fiction, and anything with lots of horses is better still)
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To: ri4dc

Makes ya proud to be an American , huh?

what a shamewhen your kids are told to to a line and then get slammed when they don’t.. even when it’s clearly a mistake.

what message does that send? Zero Tolerance?

Hardly.. Peter Principle is more apt.


41 posted on 12/30/2010 9:55:59 AM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed .. Monthly Donor Onboard .. Obama: Epic Fail or Bust!!!)
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To: Mr Rogers

Democrats have controlled North Carolina for a century, until *this year* when the GOP took the statehouse. From the governor on down, most officials are leftist, corrupt, and dumb as a box of rocks.

Not all county school districts are equally batty, though. The ones with a larger population of “minorities” are particularly careful to suspend or expel a few high-achieving white students over kitchen knives, so as to defuse some “racism” charges.


42 posted on 12/30/2010 4:08:43 PM PST by Tax-chick (If I had two dead 'rats, I'd give you one.)
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To: ri4dc

Bookmark


43 posted on 12/30/2010 4:10:42 PM PST by 2nd amendment mama ( www.2asisters.org | Self defense is a basic human right!)
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To: Mila

Just noticed something:
When a perp who is underage is accused of allegedly raping, murdering, stealing, etc. he or she usually remains un-named due to the fact of being a minor.
An honor student, OTOH, gets immediate punishment and is named publicly and nationally for the terroristic (not ‘alleged’) crime of having a paring knife or hunting weapon.
Wonder why that is?


44 posted on 12/30/2010 10:33:29 PM PST by Apogee
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To: Red Badger

It’s legislated OUT.


45 posted on 12/30/2010 10:35:29 PM PST by bannie (( ))
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To: pissant

NC is becoming more of a political sh*thole everyday.


46 posted on 01/09/2011 12:21:53 PM PST by JEC ((Pray for ALL our troops))
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