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.