A 14-year-old Virginia girl could face an assault and battery with a weapon charge after she threw a baby carrot at a teacher.
The girl, who has already been suspended for the offense, had left one of her classes at Moody Middle School in Henrico County when she saw an instructor she had the year before. As a joke, the girl said, she tossed the small, orange (and good for you!) projectile at her, striking the woman in the forehead.
But school officials didn’t think the carrot launching caper was very funny and they issued a suspension. The student has now been out of school for a month and the girl’s mom says the whole incident has been hard to digest.
“I don’t’ even know how to combat the stupidity,” Karrie May said.
“I don’t understand this,” she went on to say. “Yes, it happened, and I can see a couple of days in school detention or even a couple days out-of-school suspension. But this goes way beyond that. We have to go to court, and her charges aren’t small.”
The mom said the school’s disciplinary review board asked her daughter to admit guilt but she refused to allow her to do that. Now, they are awaiting a summons to see when the girl will have to go before a judge.
School officials declined to comment on the case, the television station said. But that didn’t stop a lot of other people from weighing in on the alleged crime. On the Reddit page “Not the Onion,” more than 1,000 people are involved in a discussion that sounds very familiar to another discussion about weapons.
czarsmackey: “This wouldn’t have happened if the teachers all had baby carrots.”
DeViliShChild: “It should be our right to own baby carrots to protect our families.”
Anecdotal_Moron: “I don’t personally have a problem with baby carrots, but can we please agree that large carrots should be banned? These kids only end up hurting themselves.”
lecollectionneur: “ Also we have to account for the fact that citizens living rural states might need carrots more than those in urban areas.”
XS4Me: “They can pry my carrot away from my cold dead hands!”
SnapesGrayUnderpants: “It’s my god-given right to own a large assault carrot. I’m for open carry of carrots, too.”
Douche_Kayak: “I’m a responsible carrot owner. I keep my carrots in a safe.”
BaveDrandon: “You joke, but the only thing that can stop a bad guy with a baby carrot is a good guy with a baby carrot.”
free_dead_puppy: “Carrots don’t kill people. People kill people.”
Sarcasm aside, the student does face some serious charges and she has already been disciplined. Do you think that’s appropriate given what she did?