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Seventh Grader Suspended For Twirling Pencil ‘Like A Gun’

A 13-year-old boy in Vernon, New Jersey was suspended from school last week after being accused of holding his pencil like a gun.

Ethan Chaplin, a seventh-grade student at Glen Meadow Middle School, was twirling his pencil in math class when a fellow student suddenly yelled out, “He’s making gun motions, send him to juvie!”

Ethan was immediately taken to the principal’s office, suspended, and told he would not be able to return to school until he passed a psychological evaluation.

“I was shocked because I’m like, how am I not going to come back to school? I didn’t even do anything,” Ethan told News 12.

Despite telling school administrators that his classmate had been bullying him and was simply attempting to get him in trouble, Ethan says his comments were completely ignored.

When questioned, Vernon Schools Superintendent Charles Maranzano stood by the principal’s decision, insinuating that Ethan could be plotting a violent attack against his 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.”

Michael Chaplin, Ethan’s father, was just as shocked by the school’s handling of the situation.

“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.”

Speaking with Storyleak, Michael detailed his son’s horrific experience during the five-hour long physical and psychological 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 Michael, the school has since scheduled a meeting regarding his son’s return for Monday morning.

Ethan’s story is yet another example of innocent children being targeted for completely mundane behavior. In multiple cases, young students have been suspended for simply having items that resemble the shape of a firearm.

A 7-year-old child from Maryland was suspended last year for allegedly chewing a “Pop Tart” breakfast pastry into the shape of a handgun.

A 6-year-old Massachusetts boy was given detention and forced to write an apology letter to fellow students last year after bringing a plastic Lego gun, the size of a quarter, onto his school bus.

Just last month, a fifth-grade student from Ohio was suspended for three days after shaping his fingers like a gun. The child was accused of brandishing a “level 2 lookalike firearm” by the school’s principal.

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264 comments

  1. Excellent article.

    Lucky they didn't suspend the boy for wanting to be a Drum Major………

  2. If he had just claimed it was a phallic symbol I bet he would have gotten a participation award for his behavior.

    A pencil is just a pencil and the thought police need to back off.

  3. He should ask for an extension.

    • Good morning Mr. Lincoln. I just wanted to say thank you. After reading over all the things you post it became clear to me. Our so called "leaders" want us fighting and arguing with each other, this way they disctract us from the real issues facing this counrty. Until people wake up and realize its not liberals s vs. conservatives its us against them we will continue to collapse. The fighting is so stupid it dosen't even make sense. If the two sides saw a turd on the ground they would argue over what it smelled it, not realizing that is just smells like chit. This is done by design IMO and until people wake up ans see this we as a nation are doomed. Anyways I have come across a lot of people on these sites and I have never met anyone that I have more respect for than you.

      • But Wee it IS liberal communists, who want to take away freedoms, VS libertarian/conservative who want to insure that freedom is the core issue.

        Ideology matters…don't vote dimocrat…

        • STFU!

          Go back to the Yellow Submarine. It is the only place left that welcomes your BS.

          • Why don't you?
            You don't contribute and don't seem to have any other game plans than name calling and insults.

          • Yet you keep replying to every comment they make which makes you a troll as well. Do you ever get tired of all this stupid back and forth? Let your ego go and discuss the stories and ignore the crap

          • WOW! Wee spanked Roger hard today! This was the site of an epic battle with little pieces of Roger, and his troll goons everywhere. Way to defend the bridge Story leak! Roger, YOU SHALL NOT PASS! Wee The Grey has gone all Hobbit on you! Saurron/Roger has been defeated in battle, but his evil still seeks the one Web ring to rule them all.

          • Wow, he didn't and you wouldn't have come to support the posse if he had.

          • Enter يعرف كل شيء. وقال انه هو ملك كل المتصيدون.

          • You are merely lame.
            And of course growling under the bridge.

            Human Translation
            Translate
            "On the whole the object. This servant of the lower lip trembled estate المتصیدون."

          • يعرف كل شيء. وقال انه هو ملك كل المتصيدون.

          • SBJ, spot on. Roger is an imbecile par excellence'.

          • Wow, yet another guest pretending to be contributing.
            And HPD was spot on, and not a coward that had to hide behind a fake profile.

          • It is not even a challenge

          • Or perhaps you just can't go beyond repeating canned insults.

            The alinsky tactics fall flat when you have to go beyond mindless personal attacks.

          • Wee, I'm not the one that seems to advocate values friendly to sharia justice, stockpile thousands of rounds of ammo or advocate for rebellion.

            And you just replied to me, so by your own standards you are a troll now. That's not news to me, but there it is.

          • Roger, you are a fool, and a tool.
            Just a plant.

          • Like yourself?
            Nope, just a typical guy who loves his county.

            I just happen to be more determined than most when facing down one or two determined trolls.

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        • You are just as bad as they are. I see you arguing over the smell of chit all the time too.

          Wake up!

          • Wee, pigs love shlt, and HPDuuuuh is right at home wallowing with Roger.

          • You all beat us there.

            The posse is determined to diminish this site. Why haven't you all moved on to the next one you are wanting to destroy?

          • hbvnvbgb fvf zsfvsdv sfd sdfvAD D

          • drizzler came to the rescue of roger on the navy site yesterday that was comical

          • No rescuing involved…just more hammering of the truly stupid Zebrano…who started something he couldn't finish…
            you must cum over and add your brilliance to the discussion.."

            Perhaps defend the little frog…

          • sdf fsdvasdfvv asdd asdc asd frfndfbdfbhg nhASdds sv sfd

          • ………and he rides in to the rescue today.

          • And the trolls circle the wagons and double down on stupid and insults.

          • Yes, it was. He came galloping in on his one trick pony, and fell face first in the horse dung.

          • He hasn't. I do agree that you're dung. But he hasn't fallen into it.

          • Wee, hearing that from you is comical at it's saddest.

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          • Highly intelligent…..for a cowardly troll hiding behind the Guest feature…

          • Says the coward king himself

          • He has a profile, the guest doesn't.
            So, you're just insulting people since they don't go along with your posse.

          • Profiles only make a difference to the weak minded. It's the comment, not the commenter that matters. You are largely anonymous to me, I detest you for what you say, not who you are.

          • If that's the case then you must be a weak mind since you hide and can't use one.

          • Join me at debate.org and I'll oblige your childish need for me to have a profile.

            Oh, that's right, you don't want real debate – just this nonsense.

          • Only because you and the posse drag it down.

          • It's a great site, I especially like schooling christians on there

          • You don't school anyone except in that you have a bigoted view and no tolerance.

          • Even with a profile, you'd be a clown …
            'Cause you say nothing of value…

          • sdfsg sdfvb sdf f f a fv adf adf fd af af

          • Nothing, not a thing. Consistently.

          • SOP for the pinheads…

          • يعرف كل شيء. وقال انه هو ملك كل المتصيدون.

          • Ingratiating yourself with the clowns at ConsVic again tonight? That is right up your alley you drunken loon.

          • ConsVic. … Where there are not Guests, idiots, or trolls….it's almost Internet Narvana…

          • ConsVic.
            Internet nirvana.

            Three regular posters.

            Dooche.
            HPDuuuh.
            and JeepWonder.

            I wonder, which one of you three clowns is the Sack Holder? Somebody has to get left holding the bag………

          • But see, the great thing is you and all the other morons can't post there…it's a place of beauty…

          • Personally, I can honestly say that I am one person who has never posted there.

          • To be further honest, you are the reason I never posted there. Any place that welcomes you, I will not post at. The only reason I am here, as I was here posting as a guest long before you arrived.

          • Great. Then you won't be posting here then either!

            And once more a poor troll guests pretends to have credibility.

            You're just a coward that hides behind a shadow and lurks hoping to sound like you belong. Good luck with that. (not)

          • Goodnight Warren. I am going to kick back, enjoy a cold one, smoke a blunt and relax. Roger has left you to hold down the fort, little knowing that it was far beyond your lowly capabilities.

            So I'll leave you all alone. You can post to your hearts content, all night long, talking to yourself, while the rest of us are sleeping.

            Don't drink too much….

          • Nite Pablo…don't forget the ADHD meds…

          • Some people, the world really is a better place when they're passed out drunk for extended periods of time.

            And the one person spamming this place under guest profiles, it's a shame he's not one of them more often. For weeks at a time….

          • Passed out drunk?

            Like your boy HPDuuuuh?

          • I was thinking of you, not him.

            He makes sense. He stands for something, he has values that matter.

            You? You're a vague shadow, a coward hiding behind nothing and standing for nothing.

          • Ah.
            A clown such as yourself.

          • Coward King?

            GaltFan is a bully. One of Warren HPDuuuuh numerous aliases. Warren is a classic bully, He loves picking on women. Both in real life, and on the internet.

            Doncha Warren?

          • Cowardly Guest…

            Corn you really should log on with your. iD account…it's been almost a year…
            My how we've missed you….not…

          • Sorry Honeychile. Bless your little ol' heart. (Yeah, I read the other day where you did not understand that expression. It is easy to understand it going right over your head, especially with that pencil neck holding it upright.) But I digress.

            I am not Corn, and you know that. You also know that you are a liar. You had your misogynistic exchange with her the other day at FrontPage Magazine.

            You are a sick man Warren. Seek help. Ye ought get Looking4Walnuts and ForConstipation to put you on their prayer list………

          • Oh and bless YOUR little heart…
            I didn't say I didn't understand it…
            I said I found it interesting..
            You'd know that if you could read…
            Coward ..

          • Goodnight Honeychile. You are nothing but a sack of putrid, poisonous, pelvic pus.

            Isn't it time to bring RandyAnne into the conversation? Might as well have your whole family here tonight, talking amongst yourselves.

          • Nite sbj…hopefully I won't run into your cowardly ass tomorrow…
            You really should pits from your ID acc…
            Then you wouldn't be a coward, only a douchebag…

          • good nite Warren. You need your sleep. You have a big day tomorrow of touching yourself while staring at Rogers avatar wondering if he will ever love you the way you love him.

          • Ohhhhh!

            Kinky!

          • Oh look, you're still just wandering around attacking and insulting at random.

            Is it that bad when you can't be at Ray's attacking him?

          • From PoofShesGone

            84 weeks ago @ Frontpage Magazine – Why an Israeli Strike … • 116 replies • -1 points
            Oh, I mucked my way through literally hundreds of your comments as well as "Wee"s. I had to stop because of the intense dry heaves your comments bring about. If you were interesting, if you were clever, if you were even remotely funny, there might be a point to 97,000+ comments. Since you're none of those things, your influence is nil, your beliefs are unintelligible, you're basically irrelevant. Pretty simple stuff.
            84 weeks ago @ Frontpage Magazine – Why an Israeli Strike … • 170 replies • -1 points
            Barking up the wrong tree, so don't quit your day job to become a super sleuth. I stumbled upon your (all of you, not just you) verbal vomit and the pirate's site quite by accident, but then became fascinated by people like yourself who would post 97,000+ comments and say virtually nothing. If you have beliefs, why don't you just state them and be done with it? It's the badgering/stalking that doesn't look, to the casual observer, like it's either healthy or effective. Has either "side" convinced a living soul of your points of view? Not likely. I just couldn't stand another comment about the Breitbart episode….Andrew Breitbart has been dead for 6 months (and thus his site has changed), and yet you continue to drag it out — how old is that comment, BTW? Good luck to you, because with your mindset you're going to need it. Ever think about collecting ping-pong balls or finding an equally interesting hobby?

            Addressed to ROGER 84 weeks ago…..nothing has changed.

          • WoW! That is such a slam on Roger..!
            Did you spend all day to find that?
            Get a life…read a book…spank your wee monkey…anything…!

          • It's all there on Roger's site, Poof is visiting him, hilarious.

          • PoofShesGone!

            I hope she comes back and bitch slaps them both.

          • PoofShesGone

            84 weeks ago @ Frontpage Magazine – Why an Israeli Strike … · 14 replies · -2 points
            I have no dog in this fight, no side to be on, really no interest, but I thought you might enjoy my comment to Roger up there ▲.

            84 weeks ago @ Frontpage Magazine – Why an Israeli Strike … · 172 replies · -2 points
            I'm poking my head in here because I just can't stand it any longer. When you go to my ID page, Roger, you'll find I'm a nobody who hasn't even commented in months. But JezusHCrist, don't you ever tire of mouthing your same crap day after day, week after week? I starting seeing your idiocy months and months ago on that Pirates site and watched in disgust as you rambled on and on, constantly throwing out your same tired reference to this Brietbart comment; then you started with the goat garbage. Here's an idea: If you can't find something else to do in Nebraska other than stalking another commenter, go do some volunteer work in an area that goes along with your political beliefs.

          • They must really be digging to find those old insults.
            What they don't understand is I consider that a badge of honor. I've been pissing off trolls for quite some time. And that comment is about 50,000 comments back.

          • A badge of honor?
            You truly are insane.

            50,000 comments back?
            You still haven't said anything.

          • Yes, really had to dig back for that one……considering it is the most recent comment she made.

          • I see that is the most recent comment, but I see also that she must still be alive, as she has visited the idiots profile.

            Those few short posts are spot on.

          • Yes they are. She is a friend of mine.

          • Well, you have an intelligent and prophetic friend.

          • Not in words small enough for you to understand them.

            And yes, a badge of honor. When someone as limited as yourself and those similar to you get upset then I know I'm hitting a nerve.

            All insults all the time. You are the one pony show and the pony you have is lame.

          • Nobody had to dig for anything, poof came on your profile page you smart ass.

          • My profile page is my comments, not theirs.

            So, yes dig.

            And that makes you a dumb troll, just part of the average trolls with a big mouth.

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          • Wee….
            spouted exactly like a thin-skinned, 7th grade pen twirler from Iowa..
            How does you response further discussion..?

          • hpdrunkered, spouted like a thin skin white racist nazi from Nevada.

            You're part of the problem this country faces, not happy unless you are causing fights between D &R while you continue to lose your freedoms that you enjoy. Face it you have e been brainwashed and are doing excatally what they want like a good little sheep.

            If you want to discuss how our government has failed how both sides are making our country collapse then please lets do that, if not GFY and I will ignore you like roger

          • HPD loves ALTO tequila ….chased by Sierra Nevada Pale Ale…
            D&R ?
            Are you a dumbed-down version of the blue serf….?

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          • Another troll come here to take down this site. Not gonna happen take your communist agenda back to cvn

          • Coming from you that's amazing.

            Is this where you call for revolution again or is it where you start bragging about the thousands of rounds of ammo you stockpiled?

          • Youse bad mens leab my boy HPD alone. He aint dun nutting to bodder youse.

          • Alinsky, you jamal personal isn't funny.

          • يعرف كل شيء. وقال انه هو ملك كل المتصيدون.

          • It's better than the marxist pinhead persona …

          • So many comments spamming this site.
            So little content in any of it.

            The site admins work so hard to get great topics, investigate so much abuse and these trolls blast the place to stop any serious debate.

            It's a shame the site deserves better. And the trolls know it, they are frightened and want to silence this site like fascists always do.

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      • Good morning patriot, yes indeed everything is all being done intensionally. I appreciate your kind words. In my background I have trained many Corporate Managers, and all of people on the Operational end which requires a mind to look at and see the things the untrained eye cannot hidden in the numbers and how they link together. A true gift and blessing for me.

        This puts in all into perspective for anybody!

        Who’s Afraid of an Open Debate? The Truth About the Commission on Presidential Debates (Full Version)
        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yZgoz5Vu3p0

      • And they will do anything to provoke that fight. Even send 200 officers to go after a poor rancher.

        I wonder they have to sleep and feed those officers, we need people to refuse them service.

  4. Why the heck are they trying to get him back in that school?? Pull him to private school or a homeschooling source. He's being bullied already, why extend the pain? So dumb! Screw that school.

  5. Ummm why are we not discussing a lawsuit here. They ignored the much more prevalent and likely bullying but quickly jump to suspend and substantiate claims of suggestive violent behavior with a pen??? Where has our common sense and logic gone? This should infuriate people.

    • I'd give you about 300 thumbs up if I could. Totally what I was thinking!

      Nobody is asking why the parent allowed the strip search, urine test, and psych eval to even happen? And if they did it without his consent, I'd be so far up their butts with a lawsuit (and I really do hate the sue-happy minded) but this would be just cause for it, IMO.

      And that superintendent needs to lose his job too… "We never know what’s percolating in the minds of children" Seriously?! This is how you feel about kids, and you're a SUPERINTENDENT of schools?! Dude, here's your sign, it says "who has two thumbs and chose the wrong career? This guy!"

      As for the bully…. I have a kid who gets bullied frequently, but some how it's always his fault, according to the teachers, daycare providers, etc.

  6. All I can say is wow. What is this country coming to?

  7. I wonder what would have happened during Little house on the prairie days. I bet even Beaver on “Leave it to beaver” did the finger pointing. Our country is so far gone it can never come back. If I was the kids dad I would be in jail as no one would do that to my children. I had a bullying incident happen to me when I was about 13. I bullied back and knocked out his front tooth. Then his mother came to m house and complained to my mother. It was funny.

  8. A gift to ROGER From PoofShesGone

    84 weeks ago @ Frontpage Magazine – Why an Israeli Strike … • 116 replies • -1 points
    Oh, I mucked my way through literally hundreds of your comments as well as "Wee"s. I had to stop because of the intense dry heaves your comments bring about. If you were interesting, if you were clever, if you were even remotely funny, there might be a point to 97,000+ comments. Since you're none of those things, your influence is nil, your beliefs are unintelligible, you're basically irrelevant. Pretty simple stuff.
    84 weeks ago @ Frontpage Magazine – Why an Israeli Strike … • 170 replies • -1 points
    Barking up the wrong tree, so don't quit your day job to become a super sleuth. I stumbled upon your (all of you, not just you) verbal vomit and the pirate's site quite by accident, but then became fascinated by people like yourself who would post 97,000+ comments and say virtually nothing. If you have beliefs, why don't you just state them and be done with it? It's the badgering/stalking that doesn't look, to the casual observer, like it's either healthy or effective. Has either "side" convinced a living soul of your points of view? Not likely. I just couldn't stand another comment about the Breitbart episode….Andrew Breitbart has been dead for 6 months (and thus his site has changed), and yet you continue to drag it out — how old is that comment, BTW? Good luck to you, because with your mindset you're going to need it. Ever think about collecting ping-pong balls or finding an equally interesting hobby?

    Addressed to ROGER 84 weeks ago…..nothing has changed.

  9. Alinsky Hero USA

    Roger 173p · 6 days ago

    it was a phallic symbol

  10. Great post! We will be linking to this great article

    on our website. Keep up the good writing.

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