Virginia student facing assault charges after hitting teacher with baby carrot

    A Virginia mom said her 14-year-old daughter has been out of school for a month and is facing an assault charge all due to a baby carrot.

    A baby carrot- the weapon used, according to school disciplinary paperwork in an assault and battery of a Moody Middle School teacher.

    "I don't even know how to combat the stupidity of that," Karrie May, the student's mother said.

    May's 14-year-old daughter, Aliya, is currently suspended for launching the vegetable.

    "I don't understand the whole thing. She was playing. Yes it happened. If they would have called and said she's in trouble, she got a couple days in-school, maybe a day or two out of school. But this has gone way beyond that. We've got court, she's charged. Not small charges. Assault and battery with a weapon," May said.

    Aliya said she had just left class and, in the hallway, saw a teacher that she had last year. So as part of a joke, she reached into her pocket and pulled out a baby carrot that she had stashed away at lunch and said she tossed it toward the teacher, never thinking she'd hit her in the forehead.

    "If it's a soft carrot it may not be as offensive as a raw carrot. You don't have to have an injury for a battery. There doesn't have to be any showing that someone is actually hurt. It just has to be offensive and unwanted touching. That's what the law says," May's attorney Todd Stone said.

    Henrico schools have declined to comment about the carrot case. May said the school's disciplinary review board sent a letter recently to try and get the daughter to admit guilt, adding they tastefully declined.

    Now, May said they await a summons on what happens next.

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