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SCHOOL SUSPENDS GIRL, 11, FOR 10-INCH CHAIN ON WALLET

A sixth-grader has been suspended for 10 days because the 10-inch chain on her Tweety Bird wallet violates the school district's zero-tolerance weapons policy.

Ashley Smith, an 11-year-old pupil at Garrett Middle School in suburban Atlanta, received the maximum punishment Tuesday. The chain connects her wallet to her key rings.

"It's only a little chain, and I don't think it can really hurt anyone," said Ashley, who maintains her own Tweety Web site.

School officials said Ashley and her parents, Raymond and Carmen Smith, knew chains were banned.

Smith said the suspension "lacks common sense."

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