Sixth-Grade Virginia Girl Gets Zero-Toleranced For Saving Classmate From Cutting Himself
This young lady is Adrionna Harris, a sixth-grader at Bayside Middle school in Virginia Beach, Virginia. And she is a pretty decent kid who did a pretty cool thing: last week, when she saw a classmate cutting himself with a snap-off blade segment from a utility knife, she took the blade away from the boy, threw it away, and reported the incident to school administrators the next day. And then she got a gift certificate for a pizza party and a commendation for excellent citizenship, right? Precisely, just as long as you replace "gift certificate for a pizza party" with "10-day suspension" and "commendation for excellent citizenship" with "recommendation for expulsion for violating the school's zero-tolerance of weapons policy." We would make a joke about how you can totally tell that she's a blade-wielding thug just by looking at that rebellious dyed hair, but no, she is obviously a sweetheart who was raised right, with just the small oversight on her parents' part that they didn't get around to explaining just how idiotic institutions can be. And now she's learned that.
Adrionna's mom, Rachael Harris, said that she was "shocked that a student would get suspended for saving another child," and added that she believed her daughter did the right thing:
“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.”
Adrionna emphasized to the school and to WAVY-TV News that she had thrown the blade away immediately after taking it away from the boy, and that she didn't keep it with her in the school. And of course, the forehead-pounding idiocy of it all is that she was only punished after reporting the incident in an attempt to get help for her classmate. And then once Adrionna was suspended, the school didn't return the family's calls.
After the teevee news "On Your Side" staff began digging into the story, the school did at least allow Adrionna to return to school, and her suspension/expulsion hearing was moved up to today, instead of having to wait 10 days. Needless to say, reporter Andy Fox makes himself the crusading hero who solved the problem. Good for him, but it doesn't make these awful "On Your Side" local news segments any less annoying.
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