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Fox Chapel student won't face expulsion for pocket knife incident

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Friday, Sept. 20, 2013, 4:27 p.m.
 

A Fox Chapel Area High School student who was suspended for having a pocket knife at a district football game will not be expelled for a year, which was possible under state school policy.

Attorney Phil DiLucente said on Friday that David Schaffner, 16, of O'Hara will serve the rest of a 10-day suspension and will return to school on Sept. 30.

“The family and I are happy with the outcome,” DiLucente said.

DiLucente and Schaffner, a high school junior, met with school district Solicitor Paul Giuffre and administrators to determine whether the student would be held to the state policy that calls for a one-year suspension.

Schaffner said he turned in a pocket knife to security at the Foxes football game on Sept. 13 when he realized he had left it in his jacket from an afternoon of working in his O'Hara yard.

He was asked to leave school grounds immediately.

“When there is a weapon on school property, we must follow the steps that are required by law,” said Bonnie Berzonski, district spokeswoman. “This is a responsibility we have to our community, students and staff.”

She said earlier this week that Superintendent Anne Stephens could modify the punishment. There will be no record of the incident on Schaffner's record.

Tawnya Panizzi is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-782-2121, ext. 2, or tpanizzi@tribweb.com.

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