School Tries to Punish Student for Doing Heroic Deed

By on April 2, 2014

The zero tolerance policy toward weapons in school was created to help keep students from harming one another. Today, it seems to be used for punishing the heroic actions of innocent students.

At Bayside Middle School in Virginia Beach, Virginia, “Adrionna Harris was recommended for expulsion and faced a 10 day suspension after she took a razor away from a student who was cutting himself” (Huffington Post).

There were no teachers around so Harris took initiative and took the razor away to dispose of it. Stopping a fellow student from doing harm to himself should have been seen as a heroic deed and received praise, but instead she was punished.

Harris and her family kept trying to get in contact with the school about its decision but “school officials originally declined meeting with the girl’s family about the incident” (

The school was happy to ignore her as long as they felt they had the power. It wasn’t until WAVY media reports went out that the school decided to move up the hearing for Harris. It was decided that Harris would return to school March 21.

When asked about if she had known this would happen when she took the razor away Harris answered, “’Even if I got in trouble, it didn’t matter because I was helping him … I would do it again even if I got suspended, yes’” (Yahoo News).

The actions of Harris need to be applauded because she stepped up when someone was in trouble. It is something people are guilty of far too often. The school was wrong to punish her for her actions. She simply threw the razor away so it couldn’t hurt anyone. It was the mere holding of a “weapon” that got her in trouble. The zero tolerance policy failed her there.

If schools continue to abuse their power like this, then students will become far too timid and will standby when they could be doing the right thing. If Harris was afraid to take the razor because she might face expulsion then the boy might have continued to hurt himself. The policy was made to punish students who actually brought or did something bad. Harris did neither.

Schools seem to be getting full of themselves; here, Bayside ignored Harris until she caught the media’s attention. It was only at the threat of bad publicity that the school took another look. The arrogance of some of those who work at schools is starting to hurt students.

Schools are meant to be safe places to learn and form friendships, but these days it seems more like a prison in which some of the teachers are the guards waiting to punish even the smallest infraction.

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