Friday The 13th: PA HS Student Does The Right Thing And Gets Suspended.

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As a society, do we want to teach our kids to be liars who bend the rules and game the system, or do we want them to tell the truth and do the right thing?

Pennsylvania school officials are voting for Door #1. Here’s how:David Schaffner III, above right, went to watch a football game at his high school on September 13th. He had been working on his hunting tree stand earlier that day (TTAK likes him already) and by accident he still had his hunting knife in his pocket when his father dropped him off at the game. As he approached the field, he felt it in his pocket and had a temporary ‘oh sh*t‘ moment.

He could have just walked in with it. He could have said nothing. He could have lied. And nobody would have noticed because there were no metal detectors, but he did the right thing and turned the knife over to a security guard at the entrance. Since he never actually brought it into the game, he assumed that he’d be able to reclaim it after the game and carry on with his life.



A Pennsylvania teen was slapped with a 10-day out-of-school suspension for what his attorney calls “doing the right thing.”

David Schaffner III, 16, was at his school’s football game Friday night when he realized he had mistakenly left a hunting knife in his pocket after using it that afternoon at his home. Schaffner decided to turn it in to a security guard at the entrance, thinking he could just get it back at the end of the game.

A few minutes into the game, Schaffner says the principal of Fox Chapel Area School found him and told him that his error was “much more serious.” Schaffner and his attorney, Phil Dilucente, talked to Steve Doocy about the incident this morning on Fox & Friends.

Schaffner was informed that he would be suspended for 10 days under the school’s zero-tolerance policy about weapons on school property. Perhaps worse though is that the suspension and the reason for it could end up on his permanent record when he applies to colleges.

The Schaffner family looks like they hired the right lawyer, because Mr. Dilucente is actually a hearings officer for the very same school board.

As we’ve pointed out so many times, this sort of thing shouldn’t even be a violation of school rules. It certainly wasn’t back in my day, and my classmates and I came out all right. ‘Zero Tolerance’ polices are actually ‘Zero Intelligence’ policies, because they don’t let the punishment fit the crime.

Here is my letter to the Fox Chapel Area School District in its abbreviated entirety, because their ‘comment’ page cut me short:

The so-called ‘zero tolerance’ policy that you have applied to the case of Mr. Schaffner is a disgrace.

So-called ‘zero tolerance’ policies such as yours absolve you of the requirement that you actually use your judgment when responding to de minimis infractions of your rules. By adopting such rules, you declare yourselves to be imbeciles or tyrants.

If you *lack* the judgment to evaluate each case, such as Mr. Schaffner’s, on its own merits, you are too stupid to be entrusted with the education of children. You are, then, imbeciles.

If you *choose* not to exercise the judgment to evaluate each case on its own merits, then you are too intoxicated with the arrogance of your own authority to be entrusted in any civic capacity. You, in other words, are tyrants.

By these actions you disgrace yourselves, but you also unjustly punish a young man who found himself in a difficult situation through mere human forgetfulness. You are punishing honesty.

Shame on you.

You can add your own comments at their website here. You don’t have to be friendly (I certainly wasn’t) but keep it clean. And try to use simple words, because those fucktards won’t understand you if you use long ones.


  1. Zach says:

    Complete BS. At my school, I can carry a knife at a game, but I don’t because when people get rowdy, everyone nearby also gets blamed and a knife in my pocket wouldn’t look good. I go with the Leatherman Style PS (no blade) instead

  2. ChuckN says:

    I wonder if the school takes as hardline a stance when
    it comes to drugs or actual bullying (not the label some
    get because their views are disagreeable to others)?
    The cynic in me says probably not.

  3. Out_Fang_Thief says:

    Our society is suffering from ADDD, Adult Decision Deficit Disorder.
    This is how statism works. Rules and regulations are written so that nobody has to endure the burden of making a judgement call. This means you end up with a society chock-full of functional adult children waiting for government to tell them what to do when, and how to do it. We’re being overrun by faceless, human automatons who are teaching our children that only through the soulless state, is true fairness achieved.

    Common sense: So rare, it’s a goddamn superpower!

  4. Accur81 says:

    I would have written the letter in much the same manner. The action of the principle is akin to a reckless driving arrest for driving 26 in a 25 mph school zone. “Zero Tolerance” is clearly the purview of idiots, and the dream of statists.

  5. Ti-Rod says:

    My post to the school comments site…

    To Whom it may concern,

    Regarding the suspension of David Schaffner III…

    Sometimes it is necessary to employ a bit of common sense to situations the stray outside of of the ridged boundaries our current society seems so obsessed with creating.

    The administrator of your high school lacks the ability to consider the real life ramifications of his decisions. Your principal is the wrong person for this job. His poor choice will end badly for his reputation, and the reputation of your school.

    I am thankful that my child does not attent school under the “leadership” of someone with such limited mental capacity.

  6. Ti-Rod says:

    Make that “rigid”, auto fill, grrr.

  7. NYC2AZ says:

    Here’s mine:

    Congratulations to the Fox Chapel Area School District for sending the clear message that you will punish kids that try to make the right decision. I’m sure your inability to think logically mirrors the lesson plans and teaching doctrine of your educational institutions.

  8. Mark says:

    Anymore, if you’re a fairly bright teenager, you might be ahead to just drop out of high school around age 16, work at a part-time job, and study for the GED exam. The day after your 18th birthday you take, and pass, the GED exam. Then you enroll at the nearest community college, after which nobody will ever care that you didn’t complete high school. Public “education” is a complete scam.

  9. Skyler says:

    I’m not all that old, and we had no rules against knives in my high school, especially not at a night time football game.

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