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8-Year-Old Expelled Because Of Knife On Grandpa’s Watch

Wed., March 5, 1997

An 8-year-old girl who brought her grandfather’s pocket watch to school was expelled because of a tiny knife attached to its chain.

Under Rapides Parish’s “zero tolerance” policy, a student who brings a weapon to school must be expelled.

Kameryan Lueng was expelled Friday from her school for above-average students and sent to the Redirection Academy - the last resort for the district’s most troublesome students. She must stay there at until at least March 31, when the district’s disciplinary committee rules on her appeal.

“I sent my 8-year-old child to prison school,” said her father, Glenn Lueng, referring to the Redirection Academy. “This is an A-B student who never missed a day of school.”

Lueng said the school’s policy on punishment for weapons gives teachers and principals no discretion.

However, state policy lets school officials decide the penalty for children who bring a knife that has a blade less than 2 inches long, he said. His father’s watch fob has an inch-long blade.

“It’s used for cleaning your fingernails and your cuticles,” he said.


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