Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Teen Goes to Trial for "Stealing" a 65 Cent Carton of Milk

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Summary: 14 year old Ryan Turk was charged with two misdemeanors on May 10 for allegedly stealing a 65 cent milk carton from the lunch line at Graham Park Middle School. Like any other regular day, Ryan got his fee lunch from the lunch line and went on his way. Forgetting to get his FREE milk, he went back and took it but the officer that was there accused him of stealing it. This was the first misdemeanor, petite larceny. But this didn't go so well with Ryan and he refused to be taken away to the principle. Ryan confessed to refusing but not to the extent that the police had given. “When the officer attempted to escort him to the office, the student leaned back and pushed against the office,” the statement read. “As they were approaching the principal, the student attempted to push past the officer to get away". This was the second and final charge given to the teen, disorderly conduct. This situation shouldn't have gotten to where it is. This boy was entitled to that carton of milk because he was in the free-lunch program at his school but the officers and school board don't believe him. "They, and their lawyer, allege that Ryan was discriminated against, targeted because he is a black teenager who did not want to go along with a police officer who they say was being unfair" according to the Huffington post. 

Connection: This could be connected to any act of unfair treatment towards any black man/women you have ever heard. Look at the Scottsboro Boys for example. They were accused of doing something they didn't do, but still payed the price for it.

Question: Do you guys think you would've resisted like Ryan? If you were the parents of Ryan Turk, how would you have reacted to the news that your son got arrested for taking his 65 cent milk carton that was his to start with?

Link to the article: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/teen-charged-with-stealing-free-milk_us_57f3b69ce4b01b16aafef68d

16 comments:

  1. If I was being acused of stealing it but it was really FREE than I would also rebel like he did. Especally if I was the parent I would have a serious problem. There is no right to arrest him for taking the FREE milk after the fact. It is 65 cents and that's not the point, the point is that he DIDN'T steal.

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  2. I would rebel as well. Just like Amanda said, there is no point in arresting someone for stealing something that was practically free. As a parent, I would be mad at my child for taking something that wasnt theirs,but the fact that he was ARRESTED, is a harsh punishment for this situation.

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  3. I would definitely resist if I was Ryan. I applied for my free lunch program, therefore I have the right to grab a milk and get it. It's 65 cents, so what? Why would they sue me for grabbing MY FREE milk?
    If I was his mom I would be shocked. Of course I would prove to the authority that my son is not stealing.
    I REALLY SMELL RACIAL PROFILING HERE. IT STINKS.

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  5. Arresting a young boy for something that was already free is unbelievable ! It is so shocking to see how much racism has affected and still is affecting the way others view someone. The boy was only getting milk, there's nothing harmful in that, so there's no reason for him to pay a price for something that could potentially ruin his life. If i were in this innocent man's position I would definitely rebel because I know myself that i didn't commit to doing anything wrong. The officer should have never gone after the young boy like that because who knows what position he was in, maybe he barely gets to eat or maybe he remembered that someone else really needed the milk so he went back to get it. This act of the officer, who is someone who should only be arresting a person breaking the law, clearly wasn't doing his job right.

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  6. Arresting a young boy for something that was already free is unbelievable ! It is so shocking to see how much racism has affected and still is affecting the way others view someone. The boy was only getting milk, there's nothing harmful in that, so there's no reason for him to pay a price for something that could potentially ruin his life. If i were in this innocent man's position I would definitely rebel because I know myself that i didn't commit to doing anything wrong. The officer should have never gone after the young boy like that because who knows what position he was in, maybe he barely gets to eat or maybe he remembered that someone else really needed the milk so he went back to get it. This act of the officer, who is someone who should only be arresting a person breaking the law, clearly wasn't doing his job right.

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  7. If i were him i would have rebelled because it was not a lot of money. This action required a much less serious punishment.

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  8. yes I would have resisted because the milk was free. And even if he did steal it, its 65 cents not a million dollars. Being the parents I would get exremely upset and fight back.

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  9. I would have not resisted because I could explained to the principle that I forgot my milk and went back to get it. If they still accused me for stealing then I would rebel because I would have free lunch.

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  10. I would have not resisted because I could explained to the principle that I forgot my milk and went back to get it. If they still accused me for stealing then I would rebel because I would have free lunch.

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  11. I think it's unfair that he is being arrested for a 65 cent milk carton that belonged to him anyways. If the principal doesn't believe him she could go on the school system and see that he qualifies for free lunch. I probably would have resisted because it's unfair for him to be treated like that for something he is entitled to.

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  12. I believe that even if this boy stole the milk, he shouldn't be arrested. His consequence should be at least suspension. But if I was him I would comply and not resist because that would just make things worse. I would just explain myself to the Principal.

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  13. I think I would have just let the milk carton go because it only cost 65 cents? It´s not worth it at all.

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  14. It's not worth going to court and having a trial for "stealing" a carton of milk when it belongs to the boy.

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  15. I think the police were overreacting about the situation because the milk was 65 cents. In addition to that, he was in the free lunch program so the police shouldn't have assumed that he was stealing it, but instead ask him like a mature human being. Assuming things gets you no where in life but more issues. If I was the parent, I would be really really upset about that because obviously they know about the free lunch program and the police officer should get a big punishment for racial profiling a black teenage boy.

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  16. I would've resisted because it's a stupid carton of milk. I know some people that got caught stealing worse things and they're not even in trouble

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