In a legal test of “zero tolerance” school weapons laws, the Minnesota Supreme Court has agreed to hear the case of Alyssa Drescher, who was expelled from school for forgetting she had a knife in her purse.
The United South Central school board in Wells expelled Alyssa Drescher for the final six weeks of her junior year. She said she left the knife in her purse in her locker by accident after doing chores on her boyfriend’s farm.
The Court of Appeals in July ruled that the district should not have expelled Drescher, who graduated last spring. It said her violation wasn’t intentional.
Here is to hoping the MN high court will side with the Court of Appeals. Without harmful intent, a knife is no different than a paperweight. In fact, schools are full of dangerous objects. While it did not happen in a school, last year a two individuals entered Antonio Mariano’s garden store, took the stapler off his desk, and beat Mr. Mariano with it before robbing the place.