- The Washington Times - Thursday, November 3, 2016

A Tennessee high school student saw his suspension overturned this week after officials determined that he paid for an extra chicken nugget he was accused of stealing from the school’s cafeteria.

Carson Koller, a senior at Farragut High School in Knoxville, received a one-day suspension for theft of property on Monday after he was accused of stealing a sixth nugget, the Knoxville News Sentinel reported.

Carson’s mother, Carrie Koller Waller, wrote in a Facebook post that her son initially paid for only five nuggets, but he was charged again after the cashier realized he had six.

A screenshot posted by Ms. Waller showed her son had been charged three times for the lunch — one extra lunch charge of $2.75, one lunch entree charge of $2.50, and another charge of $2.75, according to the News Sentinel.

“Everything on his tray was paid for prior to walking away. He was then asked for his name and told to sit in another area and speak to the principal,” the mother wrote in her post. “How is it theft if he paid for it??? It’s food. FOOD!!! Not weapons. Not drugs. Not alcohol. Not cheating on a test. … I am shaking my head over this and not sure what to do. Laugh, punish, argue, dress him up as a nugget bandit, or let it go.”

The suspension was overturned Tuesday morning after Ms. Waller sent a letter to several school administrators and spoke to Farragut Principal Ryan Siebe.

“Principal Siebe reviewed the matter and found there was some misinformation about the details, and after further investigation, corrected the situation,” Knox County Schools spokeswoman Carly Harrington told the News Sentinel.

Ms. Waller wrote on Facebook that she was happy with the decision.

“Principal Siebe addressed my letter promptly and, after additional investigation, quickly lifted Carson’s suspension,” she wrote Monday. “Honestly, I appreciate the way Siebe handled this. He was very willing to review the situation and make things right. Carson only missed part of his first class today.”

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