A seventh-grade student from Mount Vernon, NJ was suspended from school last week because another classmate accused him of holding his pencil like a gun.
13-year-old Ethan Chaplin was immediately suspended from Glen Meadow Middle School after being sent to the principal’s office when he was twirling his pencil in math class and another student yelled out “He’s making gun motions, send him to juvie!”
The young teen was suspended and told he wasn’t allowed to return to the school until he underwent a mental evaluation.
Ethan had tried to explain to administrators that his classmate was merely bullying him and attempting to get in trouble, but he said that his comments were ignored completely.
He told the local news station, News12 that “I was shocked because I’m like, how am I not going to come back to school? I didn’t even do anything.”
His father, Michael Chaplin, isn’t too pleased about the insane over reaction by officials and thinks that the situation could have been handled better.
“I’m absolutely livid,” Michael said. “I think it’s gross misconduct at its finest. They took something so minimal and took it so far over the edge.”
Vernon Schools Superintendent Charles Marazano is defending the principal’s actions and used an over-the-top excuse to explain why Ethan was so harshly punished, basically accusing him of plotting an attack against the school.
“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’s father Michael spoke to Infowars about the incident and described in detail the process for Ethan’s five-hour mental 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.”
He said that a meeting has been scheduled to discuss Ethan’s return to the school on Monday.
A comment posted on News12’s website under the name Michael Chaplin said “within 15 min of the camera crew showing up at the BOE building – the administrators who ‘were in meetings all day’ and ‘did not have time to see me’ suddenly found their calendars clear and reached out to resolve the issue. FUNNY HOW THAT WORKS!”
Do you think this is just another example of the anti-gun hysteria over reacting to something harmless? Let us know with a comment!