Today we learn about the Eagle Scout, who wants to attend West Point, who was suspended for 20 days because he had a pocket knife in his car on campus:
A 17-year-old Eagle Scout in upstate New York has been barred from stepping foot on school grounds for 20 days — for keeping a 2-inch pocketknife locked in a survival kit in his car.
Matthew Whalen, a senior at Lansingburgh Senior High School, says he follows the Boy Scout motto and is always prepared, stocking his car with a sleeping bag, water, a ready-to-eat meal — and the knife, which was given to him by his grandfather, a police chief in a nearby town...
He is concerned that the blot on his school record could kill his dream of attending West Point...
Whalen said he is not considering a lawsuit.
"I don't know what I could do, because technically ... I did break the rules, and I'll accept that punishment," he said.
"Perhaps I should have been more aware of the rules. However, I'm more upset about the additional 15 days.... That was entirely optional, and they decided to go through with that."
His positive attitude and acceptance that he broke the rules is clearly in line with what he'd learn at West Point.
According to the article, another student told the administrators that he had a knife on campus. When asked, he told the truth and showed it to them in his car.