Teen Takes Razor From Classmate Cutting His Arm, Gets Suspended
byKaitlin StanfordMar 24, 2014
It's a scene no parent would want her child to see—or experience. Last week, at Bayside Middle School in Virginia Beach, Va., 6th grader Adrionna Harris says she came upon a classmate desperately trying to cut his wrist with a razor blade.
That might stop most middle schoolers right in their tracks, unsure of what to do. But by all accounts, Adrionna reacted just as you'd want your kid to: She stepped in, took away the razor and stopped her classmate from hurting himself, according to Virginia news site 10 On Your Side.
Commendable, right? We think so, too. But what happened next has left many scratching their heads. Adrionna was suspended—all thanks to a "zero tolerance" policy the school has about carrying a weapon. Furthermore, Adrionna made the mistake of tossing the razor blade in the trash, and then telling a teacher. Apparently, that was a big no-no.
“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. But the very fact that she repeated the story was what landed her in trouble, since no one was even aware the razor blade existed to begin with.
"I was shocked and surprised," said Adrionna's mother, Rachael, of the suspension. "I was surprised that a student could get suspended for saving another child. The school system overreached, absolutely."
Naturally, this story has been making the rounds for its utter ridiculousness. And as a result, it appears the Virginia Beach school has now awkwardly tried to reverse its punishment, saying the whole matter will be stricken from Adrionna's record.
“They definitely want it to be over with," Adrionna's mom told reporters. "They don’t want 10 On Your Side spotlighting this issue. They are over it, and so are we."