Ryan was offered a nonjudicial punishment, but turned it down, according to the newspaper. Subsequently, a Prince William County judge last week set a November trial date for the teen.
He will go to trial days after his 15th birthday.
Social media users expressed anger that the teen faces charges over a carton of milk.
Ryan and his family said that they opted to go to trial to prove his innocence. They said they believe he was targeted by the officer because he is black, and Ryan told the Post that other students did the same thing he did that day.
"It's just unfair," Ryan said. "Other people did that. One boy, I told him to get one for me before. But when I do, I get in trouble."
The school district, in response to the allegations of racism, pointed out that both the SRO and the school’s principal are also black.
The family’s lawyer, Emmett Robinson, said the officials’ race does not automatically mean racism was not at play in the incident.
"It's not the players, it's not the people who discriminate; it's the whole system," Robinson told the Post.
He said the teen’s arrest was an example of institutional racism.
“No one needs to be punished for stealing a 65-cent carton of milk,” Robinson said. “This officer treats kids like they’re criminals, and guess what happens — they’re going to become criminals.”