Jordan Wiser charged with felony for carrying pocketknife at school.
CONNEAUT, OH (WOIO) -
Jordan Wiser, 18, had big dreams. He's already joined the army set for Ft. Bennington and basic training in August.
But those military plans are on hold. He's been charged with a felony and spent 13 days in jail, after what he says what was a pocketknife was found in his car during a search at his school Ashtabula County Tech. The Conneaut teen could be convicted.
"It would ruin my entire life and that's not what I want. I've been in the public service field since I was 14 years old. I've always wanted to be a firefighter, I've always wanted to be in the military, I plan on becoming a police officer," said Jordan Wiser.
Wiser's plan after six years in the military was for a career as a cop or firefighter. He says the pocketknife was for his work as a certified health care provider. He was studying to be an EMT before he was kicked out of school and says he has volunteered with the Sheffield Township Department. He's always carried a pocket knife.
"Maybe some mis-judgement but that's something I've used for my EMS work since I started firefighting when I was 14. I've never met a firefighter who hasn't carried a pocket knife and I always use one," said Wiser.
Wiser, if convicted of a felony, can't enter the army or work as a cop or a firefighter. Harold Specht the chief assistant prosecutor of Ashtabula County told me the school has a zero tolerance policy for weapons on school grounds and the prosecutor's office adheres to that policy.
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