A young teen in Stafford, Virginia, found himself arrested and subsequently suspended from school after what he thought was an innocent stunt involving a banana costume.
Brian Thompson, 14, donned the costume and ran down the sidelines at a recent football game at Colonial Forge High School. But while fans in the stands found it amusing, school officials were rather peeved.
Next thing Thompson knew, he was being handcuffed by police and was placed in a squad car for “being disruptive,” FOX5 reports.
While Thompson didn’t wind up in jail, he did end up suspended from school for 10 days, after Thompson’s mother said the school principal told her that her son was “creating mayhem.”
The young aspiring rap artist thought it was a “harmless prank,” and his mother told Fox that she thinks the school suspended Brian because he’s autistic which “results in impulsiveness.”
Fellow students are reportedly standing behind “Banana Man” on Facebook and YouTube, with some wearing t-shirts reading “Free Banana Man.” The school failed to see the humor in the shirts, and took them away along with issuing Saturday detentions to the students that wore them.
One student told Fox that the school should apologize to Brian, who was “just trying to make it fun at halftime.”
Watch the video of Brian’s Banana Man stunt below (language warning) — do you think it was worthy of the punishment he received?
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