Boy suspended after taking cutlery to school

Six-year-old faces reform centre for bringing his own knife and fork

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A six-year-old boy faces 45 days in a reform centre after attempting to eat his school lunch with a knife and fork from a camping set.

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Zachary Christie, from Delaware in the US, violated the school’s zero tolerance policy on dangerous instruments by taking his folding cutlery to school. He was suspended and ordered to attend a school for badly behaved youngsters.

“I had absolutely no idea this was going to happen. When they called my name out I thought ‘uh oh.’ I have always learned to ask before taking something new into school, and to ask anybody that looks over me,” said Zachary.

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Mum Debbie is appealing and says she will home school her son if the ruling isn’t overturned. “I understand why they have this policy but I don’t agree with the implementation of it. I think they need to look at the age, maturity and intent of the child.”

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