Henry County mother questions school's zero tolerance weapons policy

11:47 PM, Sep 4, 2013   |    comments
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A Henry County mother says misguided zero tolerance policies for weapons are to blame for her 13-year-old daughter spending several days in lockup after she voluntarily turned in two, small  knives she accidentally brought with her to school.

Angelina Branham says her family uses the antique knives as letter openers. The teen says she was opening a letter and absentmindedly pocketed the knives when she jumped on the school bus Monday morning.

Angelina says when she realized she had the knives in her pocket she immediately turned them in to her teacher at Ola Middle School.

The Henry County school system has a zero tolerance policy for weapons. So, Angelina ended up in the principal's office and eventually in handcuffs in the back of a patrol car.

Angelina's mother says the teen spent two days in a youth detention facility in DeKalb County before being released Wednesday.

The eight grader is currently serving a four-day suspension and could face possible criminal charges.


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