Mom: Student must attend alternative school following box-cutter incident

Student expelled for having box cutter at school appeals for reinstatement

BERKELEY COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - The mother of RJ Cannon says the Berkeley County School Board decided to overturn his expulsion, however, he will not be allowed to return to Timberland High School.  Rhonda Cannon says she was informed her son must now attend an alternative school.

The Berkeley County School District expelled 16-year-old Randy RJ Cannon after finding the box cutter wrapped inside a shirt. Officials say on Oct. 24, Cannon was caught on school surveillance cameras passing dipping tobacco to other students.

When Cannon was asked if he had anything else on him, he handed them the shirt that was wrapped around the box cutter.

"I made a stupid mistake at school and then I got searched," Cannon said.

Cannon says he uses the box cutter at his job at a St. Stephen grocery store and does not use it as a weapon. He said his mom usually takes the box cutter to the store for him but on that day she left the house before he could give it to her.

Cannon admits he made a mistake and says he should be suspended but not expelled.

The school district says it has a zero-tolerance policy when it comes to bringing anything considered a weapon to school.

Cannon's mom, Rhoda Cannon, says her son is a high ranking student, a Boy Scout and junior firefighter. She says he has never been in trouble before.

"I was told what could happen is probation and community service, and I agree with that. Expulsion I do not agree with," Rhoda Cannon said.

Cannon's supporters will asked the school board Tuesday night to overturn the expulsion and allow the sophomore to return to Timberland High.

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