I came across this story last week and was about to do a write up on it this evening when I discovered that the situation had not only been resolved, but resolved in a way that will not ruin the lives of two innocent teen boys.
Two San Pasqual High School students suspended last month after authorities found knives locked in their trucks in the school parking lot have been cleared to return to school on Wednesday, an Escondido Union High School District spokeswoman confirmed.
Expulsion for the boys, 16-year-old Sam Serrato and 18-year-old Brandon Cappelletti, was not upheld on Friday by an administrative panel that investigated their cases, Escondido school district spokeswoman Karyl O’Brien said.
The knives were not brandished, used, or even seen. They were no threat to anyone, yet a standout student athlete and a prospective Marine could have wound up in jail.
“You might be wondering how administrators at San Pasqual High School even found out about the innocuous items. You might be wondering why the Escondido police became involved. You might also be wondering if the world has gone mad. I have answers to these questions, but you won’t like them.
The high school pays a company to search its campus for contraband using drug-sniffing dogs. On January 27, the dogs indicated Cappelletti’s vehicle—not because of the knives, but because he kept Advil in the car. It’s not clear how Serrato was caught (one news story claims he also had Advil, but his father disputed this). But the knives were discovered, the police were called, and both boys are in big trouble”
Thankfully, the community rallied around the two boys and unlike in Detroit, the school administrators exhibited common sense. The only victims of these two “criminals” would have been the boys themselves.