PHOENIX, Ore. — The family of a student at Sprague High School in Salem is suing after their son was expelled for carrying a pocket knife. They argue that the school board didn’t have the right because pocket knives are normally legal.
Jani Hale, principal of Phoenix High School, says that she has no comment on how the school handled the incident, but that decisions on how to enforce item bans can be difficult.
“Our parents want to feel good about their students coming to our school, but they also want to feel good that they’re going to get due process,” Principal Hale explained.
Things that schools often take into consideration include the student’s record, whether or not the item was part of a fight or another incident, and reasons for carrying the item. Regardless, schools can ban legal items to ensure safety.