Teen faces assault charges for throwing baby carrot at middle school teacher

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HENRICO COUNTY, Va. -- A 14-year old girl could be charged with assault and battery after she threw a baby carrot at one of her former teachers.

School disciplinary documents allege a baby carrot was used as a weapon in an assault and battery of a Moody Middle School teacher, according to WTVR.

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Karrie May and her daughter Aliya.

"I don't even know how to combat the stupidity," Karrie May, whose 14-year-old daughter Aliya is currently suspended for launching the vegetable, said. May said her daughter has been out of school for a month.

"I don't understand this,” May said. “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: assault and battery with a weapon."

Aliya said she left class and saw a teacher she had last year in the hallway. So, as a joke, she said she reached for a baby carrot she had stashed at lunch and tossed it towards the teacher, never thinking she'd hit her in the forehead.

"If it's a soft carrot, it may not be as offensive,” said CBS 6 legal expert Todd Stone.  “But if it's a raw carrot, you don't have to have an injury or show you were hurt to prove a battery. It just has to be an offensive, vindictive touch. That's what the law says."

Henrico Schools declined to comment on the carrot case.

Documents show the carrot was just under 2 inches long.

Documents show the carrot was just under 2 inches long.

Karrie May said the school’s Disciplinary Review Board sent a letter recently to try to get her daughter to admit guilt. She said they respectfully declined. Now mom said they await a summons to see what happens next.

"This could go before a judge and there could be sufficient evidence to find her guilty, but I don't think it's something a judge would want to find her guilty of,” Stone said. “They may offer her counseling, sort of a carrot at the end of a stick."

47 comments

  • Dan Gray

    Oh for Gods sake!! Its a baby carrot, its not like its going to leave an open wound or do internal damage. Granted she should have received in-school detention or home detention…but to mark this child with a felony conviction for a stupid carrot? I mean you had a teacher put his “personal sauce” into cookies and give them to the kids and he not only was not fired on the spot, he is still teaching, and these teachers get mad about a stupid carrot??

    I am glad I dont have kids as if I did I would make d**n sure they NEVER attended a public school!

    • HYRUM_JUSTICE

      Settle down Dan. The student isn’t going to end up with a felony conviction. Teachers don’t have to tolerate abuse.
      If the girl had opolgized she’d already be back in school now.

      • Dan Gray

        Its not abuse. And she did apologize but the teacher and the teachers attorney and the school would not accept the apology, or did you not read the story?

      • HYRUM_JUSTICE

        @DAN GRAY
        You mean where it says “the school’s Disciplinary Review Board sent a letter recently to try to get her daughter to admit guilt. She said they respectfully declined”? Yes, I read the story carefully Dan.

      • Dan Gray

        No where the story clearly says that she ADMITTED to the incident and she DID offer an apology but the school board instead has a judge sending her a summons. And this was AFTER they had already disciplined her.

        Seems that you are the one that is not reading the story. This was actually stated IN the story on the news channel. Or are you going to now say you dont watch the news?

      • HYRUM_JUSTICE

        You and I always apologize for things we haven’t done. Right Dan?
        Some parents teach their children to show respect for their teachers. This parent? Apparently not.

      • Dan Gray

        I never have apologized for something I have never done. If I didnt do It I have no reason to apologize for it. This child DID try and apologize for her stupid actions, it was just not accepted by the teacher or her attorney or the school.

        Now who is more idiotic? The kid for admitting that she did wrong and apologizing for it? or the school who refused to accept it and now wants to destroy a childs life?

    • HYRUM_JUSTICE

      We won’t know who’s more idiotic unless this ends up in front of a judge and he/she makes a ruling. Meantime the girl is missing classes she needs to graduate.

      • bob

        She has no future anyway. Keeping her in school with potentially valuable kids threatens THEIR future.

        Besides, she’ll get a better opportunity for education at the alternative high school. She won’t take advantage of it, but it’ll be there. Those facilities spend FAR more per pupil than regular schools.

      • Dan Gray

        Nope, taking her out and away from these vindictive little twerps like the teacher and the school board would be the best thing for ALL the students because then these parasites would have to get a REAL job and not be protected by a fake union that makes it impossible to get rid of teachers like this.

        The kid apologized but the school board-teacher-and her attorney refused to accept it. So if they are going to do this to the kid and try and ruin the kids life, then maybe we should look into the background of the teacher and see if there is something that the teacher did that the teacher never apologized for and charge her with that to see how she likes it.

      • ANOTHERBOB

        It is unfortunate that more schools don’t insist that their students behave. One of the advantages of charter schools is that they can weed out the troublemakers.

      • Dan Gray

        again it was a prank. And I bet in a charter school her apology would have been accepted, she would have received a week of in school detention and a warning not to do it again and it would all be over.

        In public school you get charged and convicted and now have a felony record over something that hurt no one.

  • Nora

    This is interesting how this school district is handleing this carrot incident. In my school district a child can steal from fellow students and bully them then they are back in scholl three days later.

    • Dan Gray

      Oh you are gonna get yelled at now! LOLOL. You made the cardinal error of implying that all of this is the teachers and administrations fault instead of attacking the student and calling for her head and for her to be placed into a dungeon as some ill informed people in this thread are doing. (sarcasm intended)

    • ANOTHERBOB

      Throwing objects at teachers just isn’t acceptable. Most kids learn from the mistakes of others. It is too bad that this girl decided to be one of the others.

      • Dan Gray

        It Was A PRANK! Jeeze in the public school I was in, if you dozed off during a class the teacher launched an eraser at your head. We all knew it was nothing serious and the principal and school board knew it as well. And not one of the students whined and cried to an attorney.

        Common sense goes a long way, but not fr enough when its lacking in the people who are suppose to be teachers.

      • HYRUM_JUSTICE

        @Dan Gray
        Throwing food at a teacher isn’t a very smart prank. I’m told that it can get you suspended from school.

    • Dan Gray

      It should be
      prankster 0
      Teacher 0

      as the parents of the school district are demanding that this teacher drop all charges or that she be removed and her contract not be renewed or they will not vote for another levy for the school of any sort.

      Does not sound to me like the teacher won anything, and like it or not either they not renew her contract or she resigns or she drops the issue toot sweet, or the school loses public support and funding. Care to take a guess whats going to happen?

      And if it goes to court the judge has already stated that this is an idiotic case and will be thrown out.

      So how does the teacher win this again?

      • ANOTHERBOB

        No Dan, a judge has not aready predetermined the outcome of a case he/she hasn’t heard. If that were the case the plantiffs would move to have him/her thrown off the case. You should know that.

      • Dan Gray

        Sorry Bob, according to the Deseret News and the Salt Lake City Weekly, yes he has already decided the case…and it WONT be for the Teacher. The exact statement was that the “Teacher has no standing to sue or even bring a court action as there was no harm done and no visible wound. If claiming mental anguish over a little carrot, then we really owe the military and the police officers a whole lot of money as they go through far more then that every minute of every day.”

        Sounds to me Bob that the case is decided.

      • ANOTHERBOB

        Does your make believe pretend judge have a name Dan? No? That’s because charges are still pending and a judge hasn’t been assigned yet you twit.
        Obvously your as immature as the girl who go suspended.

      • Dan Gray

        Oh I am so sorry Bob, I gave you the newspapers that had the story and forgot to give you not only the story but all the information so your highness did not have to sully his hands in checking the facts

        get off your rear fool, cases like these are sent to ONE specific judge. If it happens in the city it is sent to the Municipal Court, if it happens in the county it is sent to another judge, if it happens and its a federal felony it is sent to another judge.

        Jeeze, you cant be that ignorant

      • ANOTHERBOB

        And so when you say “he has already decided the case…and it WONT be for the Teacher” what your saying is there is no “he”, and therefore “he” can’t have already decided the case.
        Like I said before, judges never ever announce their decision on a case BEFORE it is sent to them.

      • Dan Gray

        AGAIN, I told you what the story said. Not my fault if you cant understand english or want to do the search for it.

        And no, “WE” didnt decide anything, YOU did, and your opinion does not matter to the judge one whit.

      • ANOTHERBOB

        Since we’ve decided that no judge has been assigned to this case why do you assume that it is a “he”. Couldn’t it just as likely be a “she”, who might rule in favor of the teacher?

  • ANOTHERBOB

    The girl gets suspended from school for a month and in Dan Gray’s mind he thinks that puts a win in her column. Really??

      • ANOTHERBOB

        What ever you say Dan. WTVR-TV says “Aliya Nigro, 14, has been suspended for a month from her middle school in Virginia”. They must have got it wrong.

      • Dan Gray

        Again, checvk the papers, or are you too scared to?

        And why would anyone use a left wing source like the daily beast for anything is beyond common sense. Same goes for the huff and puff post.

        And yes I still will put her in the LOSER section just like the teacher.

        Oh and BTW, FOUR replies to my one? Spam threads do you?

      • ANOTHERBOB

        The Daily Beast says “14-year old Aliya Nigro has been suspended from school for over a month”. Gosh Dan they must have got it wrong to. :)

      • ANOTHERANOTHERBOB

        I gave you specific internet addresses for the sources I provided. You throw out the names of two newspapers but are unable to provide the specific web addresses for the bogus stories you claim are in them.
        C’mon Dan. You’re smarter than that. Back up your claims with supporting evidence.

      • Dan Gray

        And I gave you the newspapers who said different. SO exactly WHY is your source any better then my two newspapers? You are smarter then to try that nonsense.

        So I take the two stories from two different newspapers that say different then you are not acceptable Bob because they dont fit your belief?

        And I assume the you think the newspapers did VET the story? Or are you just upset that you cant find any way to refute it?

        And again…three different replies to my one. Spam much do you

  • ANOTHERBOB

    Looks like the Huffington Post got it wrong also. They claim “the student has been suspended from school for a month”.

  • ANOTHERANOTHERBOB

    Was the story WTVR-TV provided also not acceptable to you Dan.
    I got your number now son. You are unable to back up your bogus claims with real live news information. HaHaHa

  • ANOTHERBOB

    Looks like mentally challenged Dan Gray has been unable to back up his bogus claims with documentation? Reminds me of baby robins. All mouth and very little brain.

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