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N.J. 7th-grader suspended, drug tested for twirling pencil: reports
Question of the Day
A 13-year-old New Jersey boy was suspended from school Thursday for twirling his pencil around in math class and making another student uncomfortable.
Ethan Chaplin, a 7th-grader at Glen Meadow Middle School in Vernon Township, was twirling around a pencil with a pen cap on it when a student behind him yelled, “He’s making gun motions, send him to juvie!” a local news station reported.
“I’m absolutely livid,” he said. “I think it’s gross misconduct at its finest. They took something so minimal and took it so far over the edge.”
Vernon Schools Superintendent Charles Maranzano said school policy requires an investigation when anyone in the school feels uncomfortable or threatened by another student.
“We never know what’s percolating in the minds of children,” he told the news station. “And when they demonstrate behaviors that raise red flags, we must do our duty.”
Mr. Chaplin told Alex Jones’ website Infowars that his son had to go through a five-hour evaluation, which came back clean.
“The child was stripped, had to give blood samples (which caused him to pass out) and urine samples for of all things drug testing,” he told the website. “Then four hours later a social worker spoke to him for five minutes and cleared him.”
The father said the school had since scheduled a meeting regarding his son’s return for Monday morning.
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