Student Caught With A Deadly Weapon Argues To Stay In School - New York News

ADVERTISEMENT
Bookmark and Share

Student Caught With A Deadly Weapon Argues To Stay In School

Posted: Updated:
A Minnesota high school student, who was caught with a knife in her bag, has been expelled for the rest of the school year but some are questioning if the punishment is too harsh

United South Central School District held an expulsion hearing Friday night but it was unique in that Alyssa Drescher's father, Rick, asked for it to be open to the public. He wanted to allow her supporters and the media to view the proceedings.

What followed was similar to a court case, with a lawyer for the school district administration laying out his case in calling for Drescher's expulsion from USC and her lawyers fighting back.

"People frequently ask of us what are schools doing to make sure our children are safe to go there. Adopting and strictly enforcing policies prohibiting weapons and punishing students from bringing weapons onto school property is what we're doing to make it safe,” explains the District’s Attorney , Trevor Helmers.

Helmers would call on the school’s Liaison Officer and Principal Kelly Schlaak to detail how the pocketknife was found in Drescher's purse after the school brought in a drug-sniffing dog to search the student's lockers while they put the school on lockdown. The district has an amnesty policy of sorts.  They allow students to alert officials to a weapon they have in their possession to avoid punishment. Helmers said that because Drescher had the chance to tell her teacher about the knife while during the lockdown, her actions warranted an expulsion.

 Drescher had a lawyer at the proceeding as well, and had a teacher, the school athletic director and her employer testify on her behalf.

She acknowledged the error she had made, and said she would accept punishment but was deeply frightened at what the black mark of expulsion could do to her dream of attending college.

Drescher says, “everyone says that your senior year is the best and not I'm terrified I'm going to miss out on mine. And especially being able to get into a good college and have a bright future ahead of me."

The biggest point of contention in the hearing revolved around the district's stance that it was just following its zero-tolerance weapons policy.  Drecher's attorney, Chris Johnson, pointed out that other students that were found with lighters, also a considered a weapon under the school's zero-tolerance policy, and were not subject to expulsion.

A point he hammered home in his cross-examination of school superintendent Jerry Jensen.

 "We do have a zero-tolerance policy. But with that policy we do have flexibility to make judgments on how much danger people are in.,” explained Superintendent Jerry Jensen.

In the end the USC School Board voted unanimously to against Drescher.

Her attorney, Chris Johnson, says it isn't over yet.

Johnson argues, “clearly in this case the punishment doesn't meet the crime. We believe this punishment is unjustly harsh and unfair and we will fight."

  • Spotlight StoriesMore>>

  • New Jersey Sues Over Florida Pizza Shop Logo

    New Jersey Sues Over Florida Pizza Shop Logo

    Friday, July 25 2014 11:00 PM EDT2014-07-26 03:00:55 GMT
    The New Jersey Turnpike Authority wants a Florida pizza shop to pay a big toll for using a logo similar to the iconic Garden State Parkway's green and yellow signs.
    The New Jersey Turnpike Authority wants a Florida pizza shop to pay a big toll for using a logo similar to the iconic Garden State Parkway's green and yellow signs.
  • Man Left In McDonald’s Bathroom As A Baby Looking For Mother

    Man Left In McDonald’s Bathroom As A Baby Looking For Mother

    Friday, July 25 2014 10:58 PM EDT2014-07-26 02:58:52 GMT
    A local man left in a McDonald’s bathroom as a newborn has been using social media to search for his birth mother, and he may be getting closerDavid Volk managed to track down the woman who found him in that Newark, New Jersey McDonalds more than three decades ago!That woman, Wilhelimenia Dinkins, now lives in Houston.David found her on Facebook.Now he hopes that will lead to his birth mother.Our Fox station in Houston spoke to Wilhelimenia on Friday.“It was just so unusual to know that he we...
    A local man left in a McDonald’s bathroom as a newborn has been using social media to search for his birth mother, and he may be getting closerDavid Volk managed to track down the woman who found him in that Newark, New Jersey McDonalds more than three decades ago!That woman, Wilhelimenia Dinkins, now lives in Houston.David found her on Facebook.Now he hopes that will lead to his birth mother.Our Fox station in Houston spoke to Wilhelimenia on Friday.“It was just so unusual to know that he we...
  • Rape Charges Exonerated After Man Serves 12-Year Sentence

    Rape Charges Exonerated After Man Serves 12-Year Sentence

    Friday, July 25 2014 9:27 PM EDT2014-07-26 01:27:27 GMT
    After spending 12-years in prison for a crime he didn't commit, a Texas man is exonerated and has his named cleared of all charges.
    After spending 12-years in prison for a crime he didn't commit, a Texas man is exonerated and has his named cleared of all charges.
  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Friday Night Live: July 25, 2014

    Friday Night Live: July 25, 2014

    Friday, July 25 2014 10:31 PM EDT2014-07-26 02:31:59 GMT
    This is Fox 5's Friday Night Live, a weekly celebration of the end of the work week. All summer long, the Fox 5 team brings you the latest in entertainment, nightlife, food, and music in our area. In this jam-packed episode: QuickChek New Jersey Festival of Ballooning, Stephen "Twitch" Boss, actress Mary Lynn Rajskub, and Michael Chernow and Chef Daniel Holzman of the Meatball Shop.
    This is Fox 5's Friday Night Live, a weekly celebration of the end of the work week. All summer long, the Fox 5 team brings you the latest in entertainment, nightlife, food, and music in our area. In this jam-packed episode: QuickChek New Jersey Festival of Ballooning, Stephen "Twitch" Boss, actress Mary Lynn Rajskub, and Michael Chernow and Chef Daniel Holzman of the Meatball Shop.
  • G subway line shutting down for 5 weeks

    G subway line shutting down for 5 weeks

    Friday, July 25 2014 9:37 PM EDT2014-07-26 01:37:26 GMT
    Beginning Friday night, a portion of the G subway line that connects Brooklyn and Queens will be shut down for five weeks.
    The MTA says there will be no service between the Nassau Avenue station in Greenpoint and Court Square in Long Island City until Sept. 2.
    Beginning Friday night, a portion of the G subway line that connects Brooklyn and Queens will be shut down for five weeks.
    The MTA says there will be no service between the Nassau Avenue station in Greenpoint and Court Square in Long Island City until Sept. 2.
  • The Big Idea

    Making New York City more energy efficient

    Making New York City more energy efficient

    Friday, July 25 2014 8:45 PM EDT2014-07-26 00:45:49 GMT
    More than half the population of New York City rides public transportation to work. No other metropolis in this country even approaches that percentage or the MTA's total number of riders. For that reason, New York likely ranks as the most energy-efficient city in the nation. But what would it take to make the city even more energy-efficient or even self-sufficient?
    More than half the population of New York City rides public transportation to work. No other metropolis in this country even approaches that percentage or the MTA's total number of riders. For that reason, New York likely ranks as the most energy-efficient city in the nation. But what would it take to make the city even more energy-efficient or even self-sufficient?
Powered by WorldNow
Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices