Schoolkid suspended for making “gun motions” with his pencil

Jonny Ive should be pleased he didn’t attend design school in the United States

A New Jersey teen was suspended from his middle school for doing something with his pencil other than taking notes.

Seventh-grader Ethan Chaplin, a student at Glen Meadow Middle School, claims he was suspended for twirling his pencil during math class. “He’s making gun motions, send him to juvie,” another student reportedly yelled during class.

The school ordered Chaplin to undergo a physical and psychological evaluation and suspended him.

“I’m absolutely livid,” his father, Michael Chaplin, told News 12. “I think it’s gross misconduct at its finest. They took something so minimal and took it so far over the edge…”

“The child was stripped, had to give blood samples (which caused him to pass out) and urine samples for of all things drug testing,” Michael said. “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.”

According to Vernon Schools Superintendent Charles Maranzano, he was just following school policy. “We never know what’s percolating in the minds of children,” Maranzano said. “And when they demonstrate behaviors that raise red flags, we must do our duty.”

Young Ethan still hasn’t been told when he’ll be allowed back in school.

Next time someone asks you why schools in America suck, turn out little robot parrots with diminishing abilities at thinking and creating – send them to Superintendent Marazano. He doesn’t believe in learning a damned thing other than obedience.

8 thoughts on “Schoolkid suspended for making “gun motions” with his pencil

  1. moss says:

    Sounds like more and more states are like New Mexico. Education administration, bureaucrats, are just another variation on the highway department cure for unemployment.

  2. Hack says:

    “Consider the source” – in this instance UPI (which is owned by News World Communications, an international news media company founded in 1976 by Unification Church leader Sun Myung Moon) appears to have picked up this story from Alex Jones (, a professional conspiracy theorist who has ‘been the center of many controversies’ (

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