Va. teen says he’s wrongly accused of theft of 65-cent milk

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TRIANGLE, Va. (AP) – A Virginia teen and his mother say the boy is being wrongly prosecuted for taking a carton of milk he was entitled to under a free lunch program.

The teen says he forgot to get the carton the first time he went through the line at the Graham Park Middle School cafeteria, so he went back. The Washington Post ( ) reports a school resource officer says he saw the teen cutting in line and accused him of stealing the 65-cent milk. The paper reports the teen rejected an offer of nonjudicial punishment and a Prince William County judge set a trial date.

The Associated Press doesn’t typically identify young people charged with minor crimes. The Washington Post identified the boy and his mother because they have opted to speak publicly.

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