Ethan Chaplin, a seventh-grade student at at Glen Meadow Middle School in Vernon, N.J., was recently suspended for twirling his pencil like a gun.
The 13-year-old was in math class when a fellow student yelled, “He’s making gun motions, send him to juvie!”
Ethan claims the other student had bullied him earlier in the day (video below).
According to AppalachianAreaNews.com, Ethan’s teacher sent him to the principal’s office, where he was suspended.
Ethan was told he would have to pass a “physical and psychological evaluation” in order to return to school.
“I was shocked because I’m like, how am I not going back to school? I didn’t even do anything,” Ethan told News 12.
Vernon Schools Superintendent Charles Maranzano defended the principal’s decision.
“We never know what’s percolating in the minds of children,” Maranzano stated. “When they demonstrate behaviors that raise red flags, we must do our duty.”
“I’m absolutely livid," Michael Chaplin, Ethan’s father, countered. "I think it’s gross misconduct at its finest. They took something so minimal and took it so far over the edge.”
Michael described the physical and psychological evaluation that Ethan had to undergo.
“The child was stripped, had to give blood samples [which caused him to pass out] and urine samples for all things drug testing,” recalled Michael. “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.”