GORHAM, N.H. — Authorities say a New Hampshire teacher who gave a high school student a knife for a civics lesson skit to discuss searches and seizures and the Fourth Amendment was put on paid administrative leave and has since resigned.

WMUR-TV reports the student’s father reported the incident at Gorham Middle and High School.

Gorham Police Chief Pi Cyr said Wednesday the teacher approached the 17-year-old student for the skit and gave him the bi-fold knife. The student put it in a lunchbox. Other students weren’t aware of that when the two went through the skit. Knives are banned at the school.

Police said the teacher made a poor decision, but no criminal charges will be filed.

Several petitions are being circulated to bring the teacher back to work.

Information from: WMUR-TV, http://wmur.com

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