- The Washington Times - Monday, May 23, 2016

A middle school student from Dumfries, Virginia was suspended and charged with larceny after a Prince William County police officer accused him of stealing a carton of milk from the cafeteria.

The mother of Graham Park Middle School student Ryan Turk told reporters this week that officials had no reason to handcuff her son, or file charges, as a result of the May 10 incident.

“I’m angry, I’m frustrated, I’m mad. It just went too far. They are charging him with larceny, which I don’t have no understanding as to why he is being charged with larceny when he was entitled to that milk from the beginning,” Shamise Turk told WJLA, a D.C.-area ABC affiliate.

Ryan Turk this week said the incident unfolded while he was trying to get a carton of milk from the lunch line and was accused of stealing. School officials said the student then became disorderly, and Ryan Turk admitted he “yanked away” from a cop.

“I told him to get off of me because he’s not my dad,” he told the ABC affiliate.

The student was hauled away to the principal’s office and suspended for theft, being disrespectful and using his cell phone. Speaking to WJLA, however, his mother said the school went too far when she received a letter stating her son has to appear in juvenile court for the larceny charge.

“This is ridiculous. This is beyond embarrassing. He’s at home for 65 cents,” she said.

Ms. Turk told reporters that her son is on the free lunch program at Graham Park Middle and should have received the milk for free. A spokesman with the Prince William County Schools told WJLA that “the need for disciplinary action is determined by how a student behaves throughout any given incident,” and said that “an appeals process is in place to ensure the fairness of any disciplinary action.”

• Andrew Blake can be reached at ablake@washingtontimes.com.

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