7th grader suspended for twirling pencil “like a gun” (VIDEO)

7th grader suspended for twirling pencil “like a gun” (VIDEO)

“He’s making gun motions, send him to juvie.”

 

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In the latest demonstration of our culture’s deranged and unthinking gun hysteria, a 7th grader has been suspended from a Vernon, New Jersey middle school for holding a pencil.

Ethan Chaplin was fidgeting with his pencil in math class when a classmate – who Chaplin has called a bully – yelled out “He’s making gun motions, send him to juvie.”

Glen Meadow Middle School responded in the way any responsible educational institution would: by making Chaplin undergo a five-hour battery of physical and psychological tests, including drawing a blood sample, and suspending him.

Vernon Schools Superintendent Charles Maranzano has defended the school’s actions, saying that school policy mandates that he investigate whenever anyone feels uncomfortable.

In Maranzono’s defense, a pencil could at least conceivably used to harm someone. In Maryland, on the other hand, a student was suspended for chewing a pop-tart into a shape resembling a gun.

Related: Florida Bill: No More Punishing Kids for Playing With Imaginary Guns | The Libertarian Republic

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  • TBK Revolution
    April 10, 2014, 10:51 am

    They should just suspend him for having the pencil. You can sharpen that thing and hurt people with it.. and you can poke your eye out with it by accident. It might not happen a lot but we can never be too safe!

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  • VL123
    June 12, 2014, 4:06 pm

    I would love to punch the bully in the head.

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