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Student hailed as hero is suspended

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KANAWHA COUNTY, WV -

Dakota Gwinn was one of the heroes who jumped off his school bus Friday to save a woman trapped in her car after flipping into a ditch.  His mother, Kellie Plantz, exclaims she is so proud of him.  She says, "you never know what your kids are capable of and it never ceases to amaze me".

Unfortunately, Dakota's bravery came with a price.  Upon returning to school he was suspended for three days for refusing to turn in his cell phone.  The school district couldn't provide details due to privacy laws, but told us the school's cell phone rule had been broken.  Ronald Duerring, Kanawha County Superintendent, explains that students at Chandler Academy must turn in their cell phone upon entering the building.

An injury may be to blame for Dakota failing to turn his cell phone in to proper school officials.  Plantz says Dakota hurt his ankle during the rescue and just went to get ice first.  She explains it wasn't a refusal and it was inadvertent that he didn't turn it in when he got to school.

Dakota's family isn't fighting the suspension since he did in fact fail to turn in the cell phone, but they are disappointed the school failed to see the bigger picture.  Plantz hopes parents hearing Dakota's story will remember when they discipline their children that sometimes, circumstances are out of their control.

Now, this suspension will be on Dakota's school record.  He will serve his suspension when he returns from spring break for three days next week.  He plans on putting the time to good use by looking for a summer job.