*When Virginia Beach, Virginia sixth grader, Adrionna Harris, realized her classmate was self-mutilating, cutting himself, and no teacher or other authority was in sight, she did what she thought was the right thing to do: Take action. Adrionna took the razor away from the student, convinced him that it was wrong, and threw the razor away.
For an act of such courage and compassion (after all, she could have been hurt) one might think she would get praise from her school, but instead, the middle school student got a 10-day suspension.
In a report by WAVY 10 On Your Side News, the only reason for the suspension is because she had admitted what happened. With the weapon disposed, it was her honesty that led to the punishment.
Adrionna’s mother, Rachel Harris, told WAVY, “I felt she did the right thing…There was not a teacher in sight while this boy was cutting himself. She felt like it was almost a 911 situation, that she had to help immediately, like there wasn’t time to find a teacher…The school system over-reached absolutely.”
Adrionna said, “…I was just trying to help.”
After reaching out to the school, and not having her calls returned, Rachel turned to the media for help. When WAVY took over and got in contact with Bayside Middle School, things changed. The school got in touch with her. The hearing was pushed up to Thursday (it was originally set for a week later) and an update from WAVY informs us that Adrionna’s suspension was been lifted and she returned to school on Friday, March 21.
Its important to note that when Adrionna was asked if she would do it all over again, knowing that she would get suspended, she told the station, “Even if I got in trouble, it didn’t matter because I was helping him … I would do it again even if I got suspended, yes.”
Here’s to your sheer awesomeness, Adrionna!
According to the website, Mental Health America, it’s estimated that about two million people in the U.S. injure themselves in some way. The majority are teenagers or young adults with young women outnumbering young men. They are of all races and backgrounds.
Watch WAVY’s news report on Adrionna’s story below.
UPDATE from WAVY in video report below