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NJ Student Suspended, Given Psych Eval for ‘Twirling Pencil’ Like a Gun

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Washington DC - -(Ammoland.com)-  Thirteen-year-old Ethan Chaplin, who attends school in Vernon, New Jersey, was suspended for two days and will undergo a psychological evaluation after another student complained that he was “twirling a pencil” like a gun.

According to News 12 New Jersey, Chaplin said he was “just twisting around a pencil with a pen cap on it when a student behind him yelled, ‘He’s making gun motions, send him to juvie.'”

Chaplin told officials he had repeatedly been bullied by the student who complained and that the complaint about the pencil was just an extension of that. But the school suspended him anyway, “pending the outcome of a psychological evaluation.”

Vernon Schools Superintendent Charles Maranzano indicated that “school policy and the law requires [sic] him to investigate when anyone in school feels uncomfortable or threatened by another student.” He said, “We never know what’s percolating in the minds of children. And when they demonstrate behaviors that raise red flags, we must do our duty.”

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  • 14 User comments to “NJ Student Suspended, Given Psych Eval for ‘Twirling Pencil’ Like a Gun”

    1. How do you twirl a pencil like a gun?

    2. Using old school street slang I’d say somebody “gagged the boy”.

    3. TSgt B on April 8, 2014 at 7:54 AM said:

      What in the Hell are these “school officials” sprinkling on their Wheaties? Someone needs a drug test.

    4. This is getting fecking ridiculous!

    5. This zero tolerance crap is going way to far. What’s next taking the pencils away from the kids because they might go off? There has to be a point where all this comes to a stop. Kids get suspended for pointing their finger like a gun, kids get suspended for eating a pastry into the shape of a gun, Kids get suspended for almost any reason under this zero tolerance policy crap. When will common sense come back into the schools. And a big one here When will the schools stop being bullies when it comes to the students.

    6. dachu3 on April 8, 2014 at 9:26 AM said:

      Soon each student will be wearing a thought monitoring devices on their heads and if a violent thought crosses their mind or if they think about a gun or anything in a shape of a gun, then they will be immediately swat-teamed.
      Just Watch.

    7. John Carr on April 8, 2014 at 2:43 PM said:

      He should take the kid that ratted on him out back and wear his a** out, then take the pencil and shove it up his a** sideways.

    8. Imagine the punishment for twirling a toy gun like a pencil. All across the country school districts are crying for more funding. For what? To hire more “loopy” teachers and administrators?

    9. The kid who is the victim of the school bully gets suspended. Only in America.

      Wonder why the school failed to take action against the bully?

      Vernon Schools Superintendent Charles Maranzano indicated that “school policy and the law requires [sic] him to investigate when anyone in school feels uncomfortable or threatened by another student.”

      He said, “We never know what’s percolating in the minds of children. And when they demonstrate behaviors that raise red flags, we must do our duty.”

    10. Will the school administration ban the Color Guard form twirling batons during sporting events?

    11. Idiotic lunatic psychotic progressive azzholes , not a semblance of a brain in their entire body . I hope their garbage backfires on them and all these kids grow up to be murderers of progressive s , filled with nothing but hate for any and all progressive communist misfits , they all deserve nothing less than death anyway .

    12. Let’s hope the NJ Assembly doesn’t get wind of this. Before you know it there will be an Assembly Bill regulating the amount of lead in pencils or banning pencils as weapons. You can either destroy your pencils, move them out of state or sell them to persons in locales where possession of pencils is legal. Welcome to the new America.

    13. Dave from San Antonio on April 18, 2014 at 5:29 AM said:

      IF it had been my son…this school would be facing a lawsuit of some kind. I would want the kid who said all this to demonstrate just “how” my son was “twirling” a pencil like a gun. I would also invite any and all, present, to do the same. Oh, boy…next it’ll be because kids are carrying their pencils or pens…in a “cross draw” way.

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