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    20 Sep 2016

    Student suspended for turning in knife.

     A Branch County mother says her son was suspended from school for doing the right thing.
    Kyler Davies, a 7th grade student, found a pocket knife in his backpack. His mom tells us she bought the bag at Goodwill and never checked it. When her son found it, he told a counselor, and was suspended.
    "He was turning it over like he was supposed to, and you are punishing him for doing what's right. So what it that teaching these kids?" his mother Denise Davies asked.
    Denise says she doesn't think her son, 12-year-old Kyler, will be back to Coldwater Community Schools.
    "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 leather case was at the bottom of his bag.
    Davies is a foster parent, and tells us none of her children have access to those types of items.
    Davies says, per school rules, the incident meant an automatic one year suspension--a punishment that was later knocked down to 30 school days.
    The issue wasn't just contained to he classroom; it also spilled over on to the football field. Davies tells us the school tried to keep her son from playing football.
    "The school told me he could not go on their property, he could not play; he can't ride the bus with his team because it's a Coldwater bus," she said.
    We spoke with Coldwater Rocket Football, the organization that runs the local football program. It is independent of the district and tells us the school wanted the rocket program to kick Kyler off the team, but they refused.
    "I understand the violence stuff that's going on in schools, I said but when you get some boys that are honest and turns it in--he wasn't trying to hide it--and then he's getting punished for it," Denise said.
    Newschannel 3 contacted Goodwill Industries of Central Michigan's Heartland for a statement on the case.
    We received the following, just after 3 p.m.:
    Goodwill Industries of Central Michigan’s Heartland is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to create job training and employment opportunities for persons with barriers to employment.
    Over 1 million items are donated to us each year and we are very grateful for that support. We take the safety of our customers, employees and community very seriously. Our staff does their best to inspect every item donated to us with safety in mind. However, we rely on people to inspect each item donated and it is possible something was missed.
    We cannot say with absolute certainty that this event did or did not occur. If it did, we apologize and hope that the School Board takes this statement into consideration when making its decision about this student.

    Read more:http://wwmt.com/news/local/branch-co-mother-says-son-was-suspended-from-school-after-reporting-knife 
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