Teen Accused of Stealing 65 Cent Milk Carton Is Going To Trial…Seriously

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A 15-year old Virginia middle schooler will stand trial for petit larceny and disorderly conduct after allegedly stealing a 65 cent milk carton. Seriously.

This story was first reported by the Washington Post, but I can’t help but thinking that after I post this Ashton Kutcher is going to pop up and I’ll find out I’ve been punk’d.

Ryan Turk of Graham Park Middle School is a daily recipient of free lunches but in an apparent mix-up was arrested after a school resource officer said he spotted the teen cutting in line and accused him of stealing the 65-cent milk. When Ryan did not cooperate with a trip to see the principal, authorities say, he was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct and petit larceny.

From the Washington Post report:

“No one needs to be punished for stealing a 65-cent carton of milk,” said Emmett Robinson, a lawyer representing the family who said Ryan’s arrest was related to institutional racism. “This officer treats kids like they’re criminals, and guess what happens — they’re going to become criminals.”

The school resource officer sounds like the one who should have been disciplined after creating such a ruckus over nothing.

Forcing Ryan to lawyer up and stand trial when the appropriate punishment at most would have been making him miss recess is just patently ridiculous.

 

Brian Feibuscoed writer
New York-based writer. Emory University grad. @BrianFeibus on Twitter. I'm easily distracte
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