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Clarksville student begins alternative school after knife found

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CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. -

The Clarksville high school student who was suspended for unknowingly bringing a knife onto campus will start at an alternative school this week.

David Duren-Sanner planned to start his 30 days of alternative schooling on Monday, but school has been canceled across the district due to winter weather.

The teen was suspended nearly two weeks ago after a search of the vehicle he drove to school turned up a large fishing knife with a five inch blade.

The Northeast High School honor roll student, who hopes to major in marine biology in college next year, told News 2 he drove his dad's truck to school and didn't know the knife was inside.

The 18-year-old's father, who is a commercial fisherman, said he accidentally left the knife in the truck.

DUren-Sanner was suspended on the spot and initially remanded to 90 days of alternative schooling.

Last week, the student and his family appealed the suspension, leading school officials to reduce his mandatory time at the alternative school to 30 days.

Duren-Sanner hopes to return to Northeast High School shortly after spring break later this month.

An online petition asking school officials to toss out Duren-Sanner's suspension has garnered nearly 25,000 signatures since its creation less than two weeks ago.

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