From AOL News:

_An upstate New York high school senior suspended for 20 days because of a two-inch knife is fighting back.

_Matthew Whalen’s family has retained a lawyer to appeal the suspension and clear his record. Lansingburgh Central School District Superintendent George Goodwin punished Whalen for having the small utility knife in a tool kit that was locked in the teen’s car. Goodwin ruled it was a weapon that is forbidden on school property under Lansingburgh’s “zero-tolerance” policy on weapons. . . .

So far, school officials have refused to back down and won’t comment on the controversy, which has attracted national news media attention. The school board might discuss the matter at its Oct. 27 meeting. The Whalens threatened to sue unless the board reverses the superintendent’s decision, Fox News reported.