A middle school student who received free lunch was arrested for petit larceny and disorderly conduct for “stealing” a 65¢ carton of milk – that he had forgotten the 1st time he went though the line and went back for.
Not only was the denial of milk wrong but the family feels that the student was unfairly targeted because he’s a black student.
The student, Ryan Turk, is now a Freshman in high school. The incident happened at the end of last school year and his trial is coming up in November.
Related: Children of color begin experiencing racial bias from teachers as early as pre-school and receive harsher punishments than their white classmates.
Also, GET THE COPS OUT OF SCHOOLS. That’s just assisting the school to prison pipeline, not actually serving as a means to educate and discipline students who get into trouble. Fire cops, hire counselors.