A backpack bought from Goodwill not thoroughly checked has resulted in the suspension of a 7th grader in Branch County, Michigan. Kyler Davies found the leather case in his recently purchased backpack, and went to a school counselor asking if he could call his mom. Once the counselor discovered it was about a knife brought onto Coldwater Community school grounds, Kyler was immediately suspended.
Of course, his mother Denise, is furious about the circumstances that led to her son’s suspension. “He was turning it over like he was supposed to, and you are punishing him for doing what’s right. So what is that teaching these kids? He pulled it out and his counselor was standing there, and he says can I call my mom? And she’s like why do you need to call your mom. He says well, I found this, this isn’t mine,” she said.
The school also tried to forbid Kyler from playing football, even though the team acts independently from the school district. Denise said the school contacted Coldwater Rocket Football, and told the program that Kyler must be kicked off the team. “The school told me he could not go to their property, he could not play; he can’t ride he bus with his team because it’s a Coldwater bus. I understand the violence stuff that’s going on in schools, I said but when you get some boy that’s honest and turns it in–he wasn’t trying to hide it–and then he’s getting punished for it.”
Newschannel 3 made many attempts trying to reach Coldwater officials before they finally received this statement:
“Coldwater Community Schools does not disclose information regarding the discipline of individual students under any circumstance. However, discipline procedures are in our student handbook and are consistent with Coldwater Community Schools Board of Education policies which comply with the current laws of the State of Michigan regarding student discipline.”
Kyler was initially suspended for one year, per the rules, although his suspension was later reduced to 30 school days.