A teenage girl in Virginia could face assault and battery charges after she threw a baby carrot at a teacher.
Karrie May argued against disciplinary documents from Moody Middle School that allege her 14-year-old daughter used a baby carrot as a weapon against one of her former teachers, according to WTVR.
"I don't understand this,” May said. “Yes, it happened, and I can see a couple of days in school detention or even a couple days out-of-school suspension. But this goes way beyond that. We have to go to court, and her charges aren't small: assault and battery with a weapon."
It all started last year when the teen reportedly left class and encountered a past teacher. As a joke, she pulled out a baby carrot she had saved from lunch and threw it at the the instructor, never thinking the object would hit her temple.
The girl has since been suspended. The family declined a letter from the school's Disciplinary Review Board to admit her guilt and now await a summons.
"If it's a soft carrot, it may not be as offensive,” CBS 6 legal expert Todd Stone said. “But if it's a raw carrot, you don't have to have an injury or show you were hurt to prove a battery. It just has to be an offensive, vindictive touch. That's what the law says."
"This could go before a judge and there could be sufficient evidence to find her guilty, but I don't think it's something a judge would want to find her guilty of. They may offer her counseling, sort of a carrot at the end of a stick."
According to the American Psychological Association, 253,000 teachers are threatened with injury every year.