Fisherman’s Son Suspended for Fishing Knife Found in Dad’s Car on HS Campus

By AWR Hawkins

David Duren-Sanner
David Duren-Sanner
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Washington DC – -(  On February 20th 2014, Clarksville, Tennessee, senior David Duren-Sanner drove his father's car to school and was suspended after officials found a fishing knife inside the vehicle.

Duren-Sanner's dad “is a commercial fisherman on the West Coast and had apparently left a fishing knife in the car.”

According to Nashville's NewsChannel5, Duren-Sanner told officials he had no idea the knife was in the car. Still, “school officials suspended him for 10 days … and then he was reprimanded to attend 90 days at an alternative school.”

He has appealed the punishment. If upheld, Duren-Sanner “will not be able to attend prom, his JROTC ball or walk at graduation.”

Duren-Sanner's grandmother said the vice principal explained the punishment by saying, “Unfortunately, that's the way it is now: Guilty until proven innocent.”

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  • 11 thoughts on “Fisherman’s Son Suspended for Fishing Knife Found in Dad’s Car on HS Campus

    1. Once again this Zero Tolerance Policy makes the headlines.

      Perhaps the fishing knife was in plain sight?

      I hope that this gets cleared up ASAP and his record stays the way it was before this nonsense started.

      If you think about it, the car can also be considered a weapon, like a knife or firearm, it can not take any lives all by itself.

    2. The reason this has happened is the local school administrators are totally gutless hiding behind zero tolerance rules from a school board trying to protect themselves. I would never hire any of them in any capacity as they are incapable of making sound decisions.

    3. Wow I am truly saddened to see this young man go through this hell. And because of an honest mistake made by his dad- a man in a profession that uses a knife.
      I wonder how did the school ‘found a fishing knife in his car’. They identified it as a fishing knife. Sounds like an illegal search to me.
      Or just bone heads responsible for our children’s education- home schooling is looking better and better for my kids..

    4. I remember back in the 60’s, we used to leave our cased shotguns standing in the back of home room or in our cars or trucks in the school parking lot so we could go duck and goose hunting before and after school. The only mass shooting that ever occurred was against the ducks and geese that flew into our decoys.

    5. Leo Smiths post brings back old memories. I’m 71 years old, and back in my school days I went to a one room school with outdoor outhouses. There was grade 1 through 8 in the school. The older kids were allowed to bring guns to school. After school we would hunt squirrels and rabbits on our way home. The good thing was, nobody ever got shot or hurt doing so.

    6. The first words out of David’s mouth shoul have been” NO”. Atty. Evan Nappen would be my source for such advice, along with Atty Penny Dean of NH.

    7. We sued to take our shotguns to school during hunting season. The principle would hold all of our guns till we got out. Some days he would let us leave early.. Those days are never going to be seen again. Today they would have shot us before we got to school.

    8. I live in Tennessee and have been following this story. After an appeal, young David is still being punished.

      All I can say is that I hope the adults involved in this decision someday meet with the same irrational treatment they have dealt this young man…an Honor student no less!

      Honestly! It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to realize that this could have happened to anyone.

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