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Jordan Wiser — an 18-year-old U.S. Army enlistee, EMT trainee, and personal safety expert — is exactly the kind of person who should carry a pocketknife.
Even so, he was expelled from his technical school — where he was training to be a police officer — put in jail, charged with a felony and discharged from the Army Future Soldiers program. His dream to be a soldier, police officer or firefighter is likely dead.
Why? Because he kept a pocketknife in his car so that he could assist at accident sites, consistent with his EMT training. These knives are often used to cut through seat belts to free people trapped in cars, and in other life-or-death situations.
“I had my entire life mapped out,” he said. “I was enlisted in the Army. I was scheduled to ship in August.”
But Wiser isn’t heading to boot camp. Instead, he might be heading to jail.
It happened on December 12. Wiser was called out of class by the principal of his school, Ashtabula County Technical College in Jefferson, Ohio. Administrators claimed they had reason to believe that Wiser had brought weapons onto school grounds, in violation of district policy. He is facing a a Class 5 felony.
This school's zero-tolerance policy has gone too far. The felony charges against Jordan should be dropped immediately so that this heroic young man can serve his country and continue to save lives.
Jordan's court hearing is coming up on April 1st, so please sign and share this petition with as many people as possible - we don't have much time!
Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2014/03/12/the-dc-interviews-jordan-wiser-the-teen-facing-jail-for-owning-a-pocketknife/#ixzz2wMzodcLO