Parents of a 10-year-old student in Pennsylvania are suing their daughter’s former private school after officials expelled the girl for carrying a 1 ¼ inch blade to an orchestra concert to trim her violin strings.
Brian and Jennifer Cunkelman received a letter this summer informing them that their daughter is no longer welcome at the Valley School of Ligonier she attended last year. School officials contend the tiny knife the girl brought to a May school orchestra concert violated the state’s Safe Schools Act, which imposes a zero-tolerance policy on students who bring “weapons” to school, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.
The private school allowed Abbigail Cunkelman to finish the school year, but the Cunkelmans argue in court records that the nonsensical expulsion left a “defamatory stigma” in her record that continues to cause issues with enrolling in the Blairsville-Saltsburg School District, according to CBS Pittsburgh.
It’s unclear whether Cunkelman was denied enrollment, or how exactly the May incident impacted her enrollment in the Blairsville-Saltsburg school district.