Sanford, N.C. — An athletic and academic standout in Lee County said a lunchbox mix-up has cut short her senior year of high school and might hurt her college opportunities.
Ashley Smithwick, 17, of Sanford, was suspended from Southern Lee High School in October after school personnel found a small paring knife in her lunchbox.
The teen was initially given a 10-day suspension, then received notice that she was suspended the rest of the school year.
As this article, especially toward the end, indicates this smells of no-thought, vindictiveness and administrative sloppiness/weaselry. A thinking Principal or Vice Principal would have looked at the knife, the circumstances, the girl’s records and then told the girl that he would keep the knife till the end of the day, at which time one of her parents would need to pick it up along with her … end of story.