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Virginia teen charged with stealing ‘free’ milk from school to stand trial

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DUMFRIES, Va. - A Virginia teenager accused of stealing a 65-cent carton of milk from the school cafeteria is slated to stand trial for disorderly conduct and petit larceny charges, according to the Washington Post.

Earlier this year, 14-year-old Ryan Turk was handcuffed, suspended from school and charged with stealing a 65-cent carton of milk from the cafeteria.

However, as it turned out, Ryan was on the school's free lunch program and the milk was free.

Ryan said he forgot his milk and returned to the lunch line to get it.

It was then that a Prince William County police officer accused Ryan of stealing the milk.

Police said that’s when Ryan became disorderly and needed to be placed in handcuffs.

The teenager said he indeed pulled back from the officer.

"I yanked away from him I told him to get off of me because he's not my Dad," the then-middle school student said.

Ryan, who is now a freshman in high school, was charged with disorderly conduct and petit larceny.

According to the Washington Post, the misdemeanors were initially going to be handled nonjudicially through a diversion program, but the teen's family declined that option because they believe Ryan is innocent because the milk was free.

A judge has set a trial date for November, the Washington Post reports.