Friday, December 31, 2010

Small Knife in Lunchbox Gets N.C. Student Suspended, Charged With Weapon Possession

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.'


1 comment:

  1. Well, I can see how you can take a lunchbox by mistake and I have actually observed as number of older gentlemen who acually use a little knife to cut up their fruits such as apples and pears.

    to be honest, the incident seems quite innocent and appears to have been an accident.

    However, knowing how rough America can be and how violent the people over there can be, I suppose this is why the school is going over the top.

    They need to consider whether this is a first time offence and the type of behaviour this girl usually shows. Sometimes all we need is a little common sense, as mistakes do happen.


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