7th grader suspended for twirling pencil ‘like a gun’ http://b4in.info/rXXB
A 13-year-old boy in Vernon, New Jersey was suspended from school last week after being accused of holding his pencil like a gun.
Ethan Chaplin, a seventh-grade student at Glen Meadow Middle School, was twirling his pencil in math class when a fellow student suddenly yelled out, “He’s making gun motions, send him to juvie!”
Ethan was immediately taken to the principal’s office, suspended, and told he would not be able to return to school until he passed a psychological evaluation.
“I was shocked because I’m like, how am I not going to come back to school? I didn’t even do anything,” Ethan told News 12.
Despite telling school administrators that his classmate had been bullying him and was simply attempting to get him in trouble, Ethan says his comments were completely ignored.
When questioned, Vernon Schools Superintendent Charles Maranzano stood by the principal’s decision, insinuating that Ethan could be plotting a violent attack against his school.
“We never know what’s percolating in the minds of children,” Maranzano said. “And when they demonstrate behaviors that raise red flags, we must do our duty.”
Michael Chaplin, Ethan’s father, was just as shocked by the school’s handling of the situation.
“I’m absolutely livid,” Michael said. “I think it’s gross misconduct at its finest. They took something so minimal and took it so far over the edge.”