Vernon - Regarding gun control, some would say Glen Meadow Middle School administrators are ideologically crazed psychos bordering on clinical insanity for suspending a student for twirling his pencil in class.
This Vernon Township, New Jersey school administration district has taken zero-tolerance gun control to an absurd level that should call into question the mental state of Vernon schools Superintendent Charles Moranzano for standing by the middle school principal who suspended Ethan Chaplin pending the outcome of a psychological evaluation after a student sitting behind him yelled "He's making gun motions, send him to Juvie."
Young Ethan, a seventh grader, adamantly denies the other student's interpretation of his pencil twirling and claims that student was bullying him earlier in the day and just wanted to cause trouble, according to a 12 News New Jersey report.
“I was shocked because I’m like, how am I not going to come back to school?" Ethan said.. "I didn’t even do anything.”
The boy's father, Michael Chaplin, agreed, saying, "I’m livid. I'm absolutely livid. I think it's gross misconduct at its finest. They took something so minimal and took it so far over the edge."
For his part, Superintendent Moranzano claims the principal was just doing her job when she suspended the seventh grader in response to the tattled interpretation of a classmate who allegedly bullied Chaplin the same day that he was suspended for twirling his pencil in a "gun motion."
Even though the pencil was not loaded and obviously couldn't fire any sort of projectile, it did have a pen cap attached to it.
Superintendent Moranzano told Channel 12 that school policy, as well as the law, requires that administration investigate any situation when a student feels uncomfortable or threatened by another student.
"We never know what's percolating in the mind of children, okay. And when they demonstrate behaviors that raise red flags, we must do our duty," Moranzano said according to the Channel 12 report.
While it is not clear what was percolating in the mind of Young Ethan that day, it is clear that common sense was not percolating in the minds of of Glen Meadow administrators.
Perhaps the teacher, principal and school superintendent should be evaluated to see if they have enough walking around sense to deal with the most fundamental elements of their jobs. After all, opening an investigation each time a student feels uncomfortable would deplete the school system's budget quicker than it takes a majorette to twirl one of those dangerous batons they sling into the air at halftime.
According to the Channel 12 report, Mr. Chaplin, the boy's father, said his son was forced to endure a five hour physical and psychological evaluation during which at one point he passed out after being forced to strip down and give blood and urine samples so that the school system could check him for drugs.
"The child was stripped, had to give blood samples (which caused him to pass out) and urine samples for of all things drug testing…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,” Chaplin told the television outlet.
Mr. Chaplin is scheduled to meet with school officials today and will attempt to learn when school administrators will allow his son to return to school.