Dad: NJ threatens to take away son after pencil-twirling incident

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VERNON, N.J. (PIX11) – A 13-year-old New Jersey boy was almost suspended after a classmate claimed he was spinning his writing utensil like a gun.

After media attention, the school backed off its threat of suspension–but child protection agencies did not.

The school district would not let Ethan Chaplin back to school until he was cleared through a psychological evaluation, which both he and his father claim involved going to the crisis center of a hospital, being admitted for hours, having blood drawn and meeting with a social worker.

Ethan was seen by a social worker, and had his blood drawn and urine taken.  In the end, no behavioral problem was found.

But it seems the state of New Jersey is ignoring that set of testing, demanding further evaluation and threatening that if Ethan’s father, Michael, doesn’t comply, they are will terminate his parental rights and free Ethan up for adoption.

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  • Danielle

    This is ridiculous.. Are you kidding me? Last time I checked.. Pretending that objects are guns is “normal” little boy behavior. People are taking this way too far.

  • Harry Martin

    The answer: Take the son out of the public ( government schools ), then move out of New Jersey.

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