(11ALIVE) — BUFORD, Ga. (WXIA) — A Gwinnett County family is baffled that their teenager was disciplined after he reported to his teacher that he accidently brought a small pocket knife to school.
“I hate that Jack felt like he did was he was supposed to do, and for him these are dire consequences,” said Angie Persyn, the teen’s mother.
Thirteen-year-old Jack Persyn was at Chess Club before the start of classes at Lanier Middle School in Gwinnett County when he discovered an inch-and-a-half long knife in a bag he brought to school. The military style bag was given to him as a Christmas gift from his aunt, who bought it at a yard sale.
The disciplinary report written by administrators at Lanier Middle states that the 8th grader “accidentally” brought the knife to school and that he “immediately self-reported” the weapon to his teacher.
Still, Jack was punished with four days of in-school suspension.