Zero Tolerance Taken Too Far?

By: WAVY
By: WAVY

(WAVY) The mother of a Virginia Beach middle school student says a "zero tolerance" policy was taken too far when her daughter did what she thought was right to help a classmate.

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.

Instead of getting praise from the school administration, Adrionna got a ten 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."


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