MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Westwood High School honor student Precious Walker appeared in General Sessions Criminal Court on Thursday.
Walker was arrested when a box cutter she carries for safety set off the school's metal detector. The 18-year-old high school junior says she usually hides the box cutter in a tire before she walks into school, but forgot it was in her purse.
Precious' mother, Tameka, says she told her daughter to carry the box cutter because her car doesn't work and she couldn't pick Precious up from softball tryouts.
Since the initial story, anonymous Mid-Southerners have repaired the family's car and reimbursed the Walkers for the initial bail money.
High profile attorney Michael Scholl said he couldn't sit by and watch a defenseless young woman go up against the justice system.
"One of the top people in her class. She's got a future. She wants to be a nurse. Never been in trouble a day in her life," added Scholl.
Precious is on an automatic 180-day suspension for carrying a weapon to school, and many fear the situation will derail Precious' dreams.
"People have really, really been nice to us and today is the tell of the tale," said Tameka Walker.