In a true sign that the public education system in America is falling apart, a junior high school student was suspended after saving a classmate from killing themselves. Last week at Bayside Middle School in Virginia Beach, Va., Adrionna Harris found a classmate trying to kill himself with a razor blade. She grabbed it from him and threw it away, but was then suspended for 10 days because holding on to the blade meant she violated the school district’s zero tolerance weapons policy.
Even more shocking is that administrators have already called for the girl to also be expelled. “I was just trying to help,” she said. “I didn’t like flash it or wave it at anyone. I took it and threw it away.” Her mother also said in a statement that “there was not a teacher in sight while this boy was cutting himself. She felt like it was almost like a 911 situation and that she had to help immediately, like there wasn’t time to find a teacher.
Unsurprisingly, Virginia Beach residents are outraged that this girl is being punished instead of rewarded for her efforts. Administrators have since moved up her disciplinary hearing and Harris’ family is hopeful that the board will rule that she is innocent. But even if they don’t, Harris says she has no regrets and that “even if I did get in trouble, it didn’t matter as long as I am helping him.”