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April 29, 2013

11 Year Old Boy Suspended For Bringing Tiny Swiss Army Knife On School Camping Trip- lunacy from teachers!

11 Year Old Boy Suspended For Bringing Tiny Swiss Army Knife On School Camping Trip

A 10-year-old California boy was suspended and threatened with expulsion after he brought a Swiss Army Knife on a week-long school school camping trip.

Tony Bandermann told Fox News that his son Braden was on a science camping trip with his class at Garden Gate Elementary School in Cupertino, Calif.

According to a school incident report, the boy showed the small knife to other students who then reported him to teachers. The incident report stated that law enforcement was also notified. However, no charges were filed.

Bandermann, who was out-of-town on a business trip, said he received a telephone call from the school’s principal informing him that his son had violated the school’s weapons policy. The punishment, she told him, must be immediate and severe.

“She threatened to expel him,” he said. “She kept telling me, ‘you can’t bring a weapon to school.’ A Swiss Army Knife is a tool not a weapon.”

Since he was unable to pick up his son, the principal put the boy in 24-hour isolation at the camp – held in a teacher’s lounge where he was forced to eat and sleep in solitude.

“It was horrible in every way,” the father said. “The punishment was ridiculous.”

Neither the school nor the Cupertino Union School District returned telephone calls seeking comment.

Bandermann said it’s unreal to think that a boy on a hiking and camping trip could get in trouble for having a Swiss Army Knife.

“I felt as though I want to pull him out of the public education system and homeschool him,” he said. “I felt as though the public education system is becoming the bottom of the barrel. I felt sorry for today’s kids.”

Braden is back in school now – but his father is still fuming. He accused the school district of overreacting.

“They’re not teaching critical thinking,” he said. “That’s what she’s teaching these kids – to react on your emotions instead of gathering information.”

Wild Thing's comment.........

Getting crazier by the day and these teachers are mental midgets.

Posted by Wild Thing at April 29, 2013 01:55 AM


If I had kids today they would go to a Catholic or Christian based school.

Posted by: TomR,armed in Texas at April 29, 2013 09:50 AM

It's been like that in schools for quite a while now. Shoot, kids are getting suspended for drawing pictures of guns and knives or eating a pop tart and it happens to take the shape of a gun. In Kansas City a 5 year old got suspended for bringing one of those cheap squirt guns to school. This wasn't the kind where you pull the trigger to get it to squirt, this was one of those cheap plastic ones you fill with water and squeeze.

Posted by: BobF at April 29, 2013 09:52 AM

As a 9 year old Cub Scout back in 1965, I attended
a Summer camp in the mountains of San Bernardino

We lashed a log bridge over a narrow creek. We used knives and axes, hammers and nails. We shot .22 bolt action rifles and engaged in archery.

We paddled canoes and built rafts. Clearly our
parents should have been brought up on charges of
child abuse!

Posted by: Leonard Jones at April 30, 2013 12:29 AM