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Help Matthew Whalen !!

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Matthew Whalen is an Eagle Scout, who studied CPR at age 12 and thus saved his aunt's life when he was 13. That felt pretty good, so he took it upon himself to always be prepared to save lives. To this end, he now keeps a sleeping bag in his car, along with some other helpful items like a change of clothes, water bottles, and a key chain knife (given to him by his granddad). When his high school (Lansingburgh High School in New York) learned, from a friend, that he had a "weapon" in his car, Matthew was suspended. For 20 days. He is worried this may affect his chance to go to West Point. The District Superintendent backs the punishment saying it is "appropriate and fair". We don't agree. The full story may be found at the link provided. Sign this petition ... let them know how you feel! WE WANT THIS WIPED FROM HIS RECORD!!! Petition signatures will be forwarded to the Whalen Family, Lansingburgh High, District School Board and TimesUnion.com Thank you!

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FREE-RANGE KIDS PROTESTS! We think Matthew Whalen is the kind of kid high schools need MORE of. A pen knife in a car is not a threat to anybody, nor should it be considered a crime. Please expunge this accusation from his record and let him come back to school immediately. We'd also like to commend him for saving a life and being prepared to save others. http://freerangekids.wordpress.com/ Mad Woman @ http://mindofamadwoman.blogspot.com

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