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Judge Expunges Record of Student

August 23, 2001

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) _ A judge agreed to expunge the criminal record of an honor student banned from graduation after a kitchen knife was found in her car at school.

Lee County Circuit Judge William J. Nelson granted a motion on Wednesday to clear the record of 18-year-old Lindsay Brown.

Brown had been arrested May 21 after a county sheriff’s deputy spotted the knife while patrolling the school parking lot. She was forced to miss graduation because she was suspended from school _ the school district’s automatic punishment for any student caught with a weapon on campus.

Brown insisted the knife must have fallen out of a box when she moved recently.

State Attorney Joseph D’Alessandro dropped the felony charge on May 31, saying there wasn’t enough evidence to prove she took the knife to school intentionally.

Now the incident will be erased from her records.

``This is positive,″ Brown said. ``It brings a lot of closure.″

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