5th Grader Brings Swiss Army Knife On Camping Trip, Gets Suspended

A fifth grader was suspended this week after he brought a Swiss army knife on a school sponsored camping trip.

According to Education Views, Braden Bandermann and his class at Garden Gate Elementary School took a science-oriented camping trip to the Marin Headlands in California. Bandermann decided, since he was going camping, to bring his Swiss army knife.

When school officials found the knife he was suspended and threatened with expulsion.

Tony Bandermann, Braden’s father, told the Daily Caller: “They called me … They said, ‘You have to come and get him. He has a weapon. He needs to be suspended or possibly expelled…’ I went to the very same trip when I was a child at the same school, and I had a very similar Swiss Army knife. In fact, most of the kids did.”

Bandermann’s Swiss army knife contained a small blade, a can opener, a nail file, a pair of scissors, a toothpick and a set of tweezers.

Tony wasn’t in town at the time of the incident and couldn’t pick his son up from the camp so that he could serve his one day suspension. Principal Hucko decided to punish the boy by making him stay in the teacher’s lounge while the other students participated in camp activities.

This isn’t the first time that a student has been suspended over a questionable offense. Earlier this year, a 5-year-old was suspended for wearing a mohawk to school. An 8th grader was recently suspended for wearing an NRA t-shirt and a 7-year-old was suspended in March for eating a gun-shaped pastry.

Do you think it was right for the 5th grader to be punished for bringing a Swiss army knife to a camping trip?