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

Twirling a pencil may result in parental rights being terminated. Of course the direction of the twirl must mean that there is some parental neglect involved mandating that the twirl be subjected to intense scrutiny and evaluation. Anyone care to donate a straight jacket for the officials involved?

New York's PIX11 / WPIX-TV

VERNON, N.J. (PIX11) —  A 13-year-old boy was the most famous kid in school for a few weeks.

A simple pencil-twirling incident landed Ethan Chaplin in hot water with his school, which threatened to suspend him after a classmate claimed he was spinning the writing utensil like a gun.

After media attention from PIX11 and around the world, school officials backed off — but child protection agencies did not.

Letters to Ethan’s father, Michael, show the school found his son did nothing wrong at all, and that there would be no disciplinary action.  The superintendent was even confident the issue would be behind all of them.

Teen claims he was suspended from NJ school for twirling a pencil Ethan’s father says his son was just twirling the pencil, not pointing it like a gun.

And that’s exactly what happened, until Ethan’s father received startling communication from New Jersey’s Department of Child Protection and Permanency and Department of Children and Families.

“I received a letter…

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