The Lansingburgh Board of Education has denied a request to strike Matthew Whalen’s suspension from school records. Whalen is the 17-year-old Eagle Scout and National Guard member thrown out school for 20 days after a tiny pocket knife was found in his car in September.
According to the Troy Record, Whalen’s family plans to take the matter to the State Education Department. His father told the paper, “I hope people remember this in May when some of the board is up for re-election.”
The persecution of Matthew Whalen is shameful —but this is what you get when zero tolerance trumps common sense.