Fox Chapel student won't face expulsion for pocket knife incident
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- McKeesport gardeners enjoy fruits of their labors
- Pirates hit 3 HRs in rout of Red Sox
- 10 years ago, Hurricane Ivan brought record rain to region
- 2 men shot outside Duquesne bar
- 150 attend East Allegheny teachers union forum
- South Allegheny adds robotics course
- Steelers defense a long way from ‘greatest of all time’
- Starkey: Two amazing Pirates fans
- Police chase ends with shooting in Bell Township; suspect wounded
- West Mifflin solicitor reveals proposed assessment deals
- Number of jobs in high-tech industry outpace workers in Pittsburgh, nation