High School EMT Trainee Spends 13 Days In Jail For Having A Pocket Knife In The Trunk Of His Car
Just when you think you've seen it all, they come up with new ways to surprise you.
|Jordan Wiser, a student at Ashtabula County Technical School in Jefferson, is finishing up his senior year from home after school officials searched his car in December and found the folding knife and an Airsoft gun. School officials called police, who charged him with illegal conveyance of a weapon onto a school ground based on the three-inch knife.|
“I declined to allow them to search myself or my car and that I wanted to talk to my lawyer or my father,” Wiser told FoxNews.com. “They told me it wasn’t an option.”
Wiser, an EMT trainee who hopes to become both a police officer and a soldier, spent 13 days in the Ashtabula County Jail following the incident. The knife, which Wiser said is part of his first responder's kit and can be used for slicing an accident victim's seatbelt, was found tucked inside his EMT medical vest in the trunk of the car. The Airsoft gun, which fires non-lethal pellets, was not illegal and was used by Wiser in a shooting club he belongs to, he said.
School officials told FoxNews.com that possession of the pocket knife was a violation of the school’s zero tolerance policy for bringing weapons on campus and that based on a message he posted on an online forum, they had probable cause to search Wiser and his car. They also insisted Wiser consented to the search.
UPDATE: Read the incredible statements by the prosecutor who put this kid in jail for 13 days. Originally Wiser was held on a bond of HALF A MILLION DOLLARS. For a pocket knife locked in the trunk of a car.
HuffPo did an interview in which they say this:
On Dec. 12, 2013, administrators at A-Tech approached Wiser after someone allegedly tipped them off about videos Wiser had uploaded to YouTube.
The YouTube account in question appears to include reviews of video games and merchandise, demonstrations on home defense tactics and an interview with a local police officer.I've had a look at Jordan Wiser's YouTube page. It's full of EMT training videos, police officer related videos, game reviews, and obvious airsoft competition videos. Whoever watched that stuff and felt like they had to 'warn' the school officials about this kid like he was somebody dangerous should come forward and get the full mockery they deserve.
Why is that person allowed to remain anonymous? Do they think ALL EMT's, police & soldiers are dangerous people that can't be trusted?
The fact this kid was open about the fact he wanted to be an EMT & a police officer after serving a stint in the Army, and was MAKING VIDEOS in which he he showed what EMT's and police officers do on the job, stuff that sometimes involves using FIREARMS and KNIVES, obviously made him a dangerous weirdo that authorities needed to thoroughly investigate. To protect the public, of course.
"We charge [people] with everything that we feel they are guilty of, and in this case, he is guilty of a felony," Harold Specht, the chief assistant prosecutor at the Ashtabula County prosecutor's office, told HuffPost.
Specht said the charge is related only to the knife found inside Wiser's vehicle. The teen is not facing charges for possession of the stun gun or the Airsoft guns.
"I was in jail for almost 13 days," Wiser said. "The first bond hearing I went to was on December 15. The judge ordered me [to be] held on a half million-dollar bond, pending a psychological evaluation. I did that and passed. They found I was not suicidal, homicidal or a threat to anybody. My attorney brought it up in front of a different judge, who let me out on a $50,000 bond and an ankle monitor. I was released from jail on Christmas Eve."