Updated: 05/05/2014 8:46 PM
Created: 05/05/2014 7:23 PM KAALtv.com
(ABC 6 NEWS) -- A group of Republican Minnesota senators is showing support for a United South Central High School honor student who was expelled for having a pocket knife at school in Wells.
Alyssa Drescher's family received a letter Monday from Assistant Senate Minority Leader Roger Chamberlain. A letter from the Minnesota Senate Republican Caucus was also sent to Superintendent Dr. Jerry Jensen at United South Central Schools.
The letter sent to Dr. Jensen calls Alyssa a "model student." It says the decision to expel her may have been driven by "well-meaning but misguided state law or policy." The letter goes on to say the incident has caused "unnecessary" stress and harm to Alyssa and her family. It asks for a "common sense" solution that will allow Alyssa to finish the school year with her friend's and classmates.
As we've reported, Alyssa's family is appealing the one-month expulsion. It came after a lengthy hearing with more than two hours of testimony. The superintendent says the expulsion is the result of a zero tolerance weapons policy.
To watch coverage of the expulsion hearing click here.
To watch coverage of the toy gun prize controversy at USC click here.
To watch coverage of the rally showing support for Drescher click here.