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A Michigan mother bought her son a backpack but never imagined it would lead to a major headache.

Kyler Davies, 12, discovered a pocket knife in the bottom of his backpack, which his mother told Newschannel 3 she purchased from Goodwill. Denise Davies, Kyler’s mother, said he was suspended when he tried to report the knife, which was in a leather case, to a counselor at the Coldwater Community Schools in Coldwater, Mich., Newchannel 3 reported.

“He was turning it over like he was supposed to, and you are punishing him for doing what’s right. So what is that teaching these kids?” Davies asked in an interview with Newschannel 3.


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Davies told the station that according to school rules, Kyler would suffer an automatic one-year suspension, which was reduced to 30 school days.

Kyler’s punishment also affected his extracurricular activities, as a suspension would stop him from playing on the school’s football team.

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“The school told me he could not go on their property, he could not play; he can’t ride the bus with his team, because it’s a Coldwater bus,” Davies told Newschannel 3.

Goodwill Industries of Central Michigan’s Heartland sent a statement about the incident to Newschannel 3, which read:

Goodwill Industries of Central Michigan’s Heartland is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to create job training and employment opportunities for persons with barriers to employment.
Over 1 million items are donated to us each year and we are very grateful for that support. We take the safety of our customers, employees and community very seriously. Our staff does their best to inspect every item donated to us with safety in mind. However, we rely on people to inspect each item donated and it is possible something was missed.

We cannot say with absolute certainty that this event did or did not occur. If it did, we apologize and hope that the School Board takes this statement into consideration when making its decision about this student.

The school district then sent a statement to Newchannel 3 regarding the 7th grader’s punishment:

Coldwater Community Schools does not disclose information regarding the discipline of individual students under any circumstance. However, discipline procedures are in our student handbook and are consistent with Coldwater Community Schools Board of Education policies which comply with the current laws of the State of Michigan regarding student discipline.

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