This middle school food fight is going to be fought in court. Aliya May is a 14-year-old student at Moody Middle School in Virginia, and could be charged with assault and battery for throwing a baby carrot at her former teacher.
After the notorious flight of the vegetable, Aliya was suspended, and hasn't been at school for a month. "I don't even know how to combat the stupidity," her mom told WTVR.
On the fateful day, Aliya left class and saw a teacher she had last year. Not being a softball pitcher or thinking she would actually hit the teacher in the forehead, Aliya threw the carrot as a joke. The school didn't take it as a joke.
Legal expert Todd Stone tells WTVR:
If it's a soft carrot, it may not be as offensive. 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.
Documents are closely examining the carrot's length and girth to fully understand this incident of alleged assault.
"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."