The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

April 7, 2014

Reach for the sky, with a pencil?


UPI

— VERNON , N.J., April 7 (UPI) -- A New Jersey teen was suspended from his middle school for doing something with his pencil other than taking notes.

Seventh-grader Ethan Chaplin, a student at Glen Meadow Middle School, claims he was suspended for twirling his pencil during math class. "He's making gun motions, send him to juvie,” another student reportedly yelled during class.

The school ordered Chaplin to undergo a physical and psychological evaluation and suspended him.

"I'm absolutely livid," his father, Michael Chaplin, told News 12. "I think it's gross misconduct at its finest. They took something so minimal and took it so far over the edge."

Michael told Infowars about what Ethan went through during the five-hour evaluation.

“The child was stripped, had to give blood samples (which caused him to pass out) and urine samples for of all things drug testing,” Michael said. “Then four hours later a social worker spoke to him for five minutes and cleared him. Then an actual doctor came in and said the state was 100 percent incorrect in their procedure and this would not get him back in school.”

According to Vernon Schools Superintendent Charles Maranzano, he was just following school policy. "We never know what's percolating in the minds of children," Maranzano said. "And when they demonstrate behaviors that raise red flags, we must do our duty."

Ethan still doesn’t know when he will be allowed to return to school.