A middle school student in Dumfries, Virginia, was handcuffed and charged after he stole a 65-cent carton of milk from his school’s cafeteria last month.
Ryan Turk, who has also been suspended from Graham Park Middle School because of the incident, reportedly went back to the lunch line to get his milk on May 10, reported D.C.-area ABC affiliate WJLA. That’s when he was confronted by a Prince William County police officer who accused him of stealing it.
Because Turk is on the free lunch program, the milk, which normally costs students 65 cents, should have been free.
The authorities, however, said he broke a law and was disorderly, and the officer handcuffed him.
“I yanked away from him I told him to get off of me because he’s not my dad,” Turk said.
Ryan Turk’s mother, Shamise Turk, said her son was then taken to the principal’s office, where he was searched for drugs.
She has since received a letter informing her that her son must appear in juvenile court to answer a charge of larceny, which police say is because he attempted to “conceal” the milk. The young student denies having tried to hide the milk.
“I’m angry, I’m frustrated, I’m mad. It just went too far. They are charging him with larceny, which I don’t have no understanding as to why he is being charged with larceny when he was entitled to that milk from the beginning,” Shamise Turk said.
Graham Park Middle School has suspended Ryan Turk for theft, disrespectful behavior and cell phone use.
Shamise Turk is now fighting the suspension and the court charge.
“This is ridiculous. This is beyond embarrassing. He’s at home for 65 cents,” she said.