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Honor student suspended for having box cutter at school

Precious Walker says she carried a box cutter to school because it made her feel safer. (Photo Source: WMC Action News 5) Precious Walker says she carried a box cutter to school because it made her feel safer. (Photo Source: WMC Action News 5)
The box cutter set off the high school's metal detector. (Source: WMC Action News 5) The box cutter set off the high school's metal detector. (Source: WMC Action News 5)
MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) -

A high school's metal detector led to the suspension of an honor roll student who claims she had a box cutter in her purse for protection.

Precious Walker, a Westwood High School junior, says she carries the box cutter while she walks to school to protect herself from grown men who try to pick her up.

The 18-year-old says she usually hides the box cutter in a tire before she walks into the school, but she forget it was in her purse last Wednesday.

Precious' tearful mother, Tameka, said she told her daughter to carry the box cutter because she couldn't pick her up from softball tryouts last week. She's now begging that her daughter's case be dismissed.

Precious was handcuffed and taken to Jail East. The school's code of conduct calls for a 180-day suspension for carrying a weapon to school, which means Precious will be out for the rest of the school year. All Precious says she wants to do is go back to school. She hopes to one day become a nurse. Her mom says this one incident could ruin her life.

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