DUMFRIES, Va. – A teenage boy on his school’s free lunch program has been ordered to stand trial for allegedly stealing a 65-cent carton of milk from the cafeteria, reports the Washington Post.
On May 10, Ryan Turk, then 14, went back to the lunch line at Graham Park Middle School in Dumfries, Va. to get milk because he had forgotten it his first time through the line, according to the paper. He and his mother Shamise Turk say he was entitled to the milk as part of the free lunch program.
Police reportedly said that the boy became disorderly when an officer accused him of stealing the milk. He was placed in handcuffs and, the teen admits, he “yanked away” from the officer, CBS affiliate WTVR reported soon after the incident.
The teen was taken to the principal’s office and searched for drugs, his mother said, and later charged with larceny.
“This is ridiculous... this is beyond embarrassing... he’s at home for 65 cents,” Shamise Turk told the station. “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.”