In May Ryan Turk, 14, took milk from the school lunch line at Graham Park Middle School in Prince William County, Virginia, attorney Emmett Robinson says

By Nancy Dunham
Updated October 01, 2016 07:00 PM
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A dispute over a 65-cent container of milk in a school lunch line has led to criminal charges and a court date for a 15-year-old boy.

In May, Ryan Turk, 14, took milk from the school lunch line at Graham Park Middle School in Prince William County, Virginia, his attorney Emmett Robinson told the Washington Post.

Turk says he forgot to get his milk when he picked up his lunch, which he receives for free because of the federal school lunch program, according to WTVR.

A police officer stationed in the school spotted Turk, grabbed him and took him to the principal’s office. The officer alleged that Turk was disorderly as he was escorted away.

The teen was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct and petite larceny, according to the Post.

“No one needs to be punished for stealing a 65-cent carton of milk,” Robinson told the newspaper. “This officer treats kids like they’re criminals, and guess what happens — they’re going to become criminals.”

Turk has turned down an offer to resolve the matter outside criminal courts, Robinson said.

He must now go in front of a judge in December, WTOP-TV reports.

“When [the officer] approached Ryan, he grabbed him by the back of his neck. I mean, if anyone grabs you by the back of your neck, even if you’re wrong, you’d have some response to it. And he wasn’t wrong,” Robinson told WTOP.