The parents of a 9-year-old suspended for having a small, dull knife in class say DeKalb County, Ga., school officials have gone overboard on discipline, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution says. Fourth-grader Jason Simmonds will be back in school on Monday after a four-day suspension for “possession of a weapon” because of a tiny black pouch he took to school last week. Jason said he picked it up from his driveway as he was rushing to catch the school bus. He said he thought it was a coin purse for pennies.
One side of the pouch holds a pocketknife-style mechanism with a flip-out file, bottle opener, and a dull 1-5/8-inch blade. “I’ve got butter knives that are sharper than that,” said Jason’s mother, Carol Simmonds. Associate Superintendent Frankie Callaway said the pouch “had a second item inside that could have harmed the child himself or other children.” Callaway said she was informed the compact toolkit included “a corkscrew with a point on it.”