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Posted on 02/11/2006 4:11:34 PM PST by Revel
Boy charged with felony for carrying sugar
BY JUSTINA WANG A 12-year-old Aurora boy who said he brought powdered sugar to school for a science project this week has been charged with a felony for possessing a look-alike drug, Aurora police have confirmed.
The sixth-grade student at Waldo Middle School was also suspended for two weeks from school after showing the bag of powdered sugar to his friends.
The boy, who is not being identified because he is a juvenile, said he brought the bag to school to ask his science teacher if he could run an experiment using sugar.
Two other boys asked if the bag contained cocaine after he showed it to them in the bathroom Wednesday morning, the boy's mother said.
He joked that it was cocaine, before telling them, "just kidding," she said.
Aurora police arrested the boy after a custodian at the school reported the boy's comments. The youngster was taken to the police station and detained, before being released to his parents that afternoon.
"This is getting ridiculous," said the boy's mother. "They treated my son like a criminal. .. . This is no way to treat a 12-year-old kid."
East Aurora School District officials declined to comment on the case, citing privacy issues.
The district issued a written statement, which said: "The dangers of illegal drugs and controlled substances are clear.
Could get probation "Look-alike drugs and substances can cause that same level of danger because staff and students are not equipped to differentiate between the two."
The school handbook states that students can be suspended or expelled for carrying a look-alike drug.
Penalties for juveniles are decided on a case-by-case basis, but if convicted, the sixth-grader could likely face up to five years' probation, said Jeffery Jefko, deputy director of Kane County juvenile court services.
Juveniles who have prior criminal records could also be placed in a residential treatment program if convicted, he said.
Bingo. There are tons of packets of look-alike coke in the teachers lounge. (Heck, there's apparently a whole lot of real stuff too...)
Q. "Congressman, what do you say to the rumors circulating that many high government officals are partaking of illegal drugs, including cocaine?"
A. "I don't believe a WORD of it," he snorted.
Hey, paulsen is here defending the state tossing a kid in the clink for posession of a bag of sugar! He needs your help. This is a real lollertrain. Please post something, I need more funny!
ok, suppose my kid puts REAL cocaine on a donut and takes it to school. then, the next day, your kid takes a donut with powdered sugar to school and sells it (without knowing what my kid did, and without saying anything about cocaine). is your kid committing a felony?
according to the law and the handbook (which focus on what the substance looks like, and intent to distribute, etc, but not on statements pertaining to what the substance is), it looks like it's a felony.
When sugar is outlawed, only outlaws will have sugar
Personally, I prefer splenda. I'm not sure what it's street value is, though.
Yeah, he was going to trade the "sugar/cocaine" for oral sex ;-)
The night watchman: I been with the railroad 30 years and never a blot against my record.
Officer: The yard cop seems to think you made a deal not to see that car broken into.
The night watchman: Well what kind of sense does that make? Is sugar a rare cargo? Is there a black market for it? Didya ever hear of a fence for hot sugar? If I was gonna make a deal with crooks to steal somethin' wouldn't be 40 tons of sugar, and I swear I didn't hear a thing Friday night...
Make as much sense as if the kid gave a parsnip to a diabetic ~ blow your blood sugar level through the roof Fur Shur!
i think he left to accompany the police on a major bust of a donut shop.
talk about look-alike substances with intent to distribute!
i was wondering why i couldn't find any donuts last time i drove thru illinois. i'm glad they locked up all those dealers.
starbucks is next.
This is getting ridiculous," said the boy's mother. "( from the article)
Where is this boy's dad?
too late--in illinois, only outlaws have sugar right now!
You catch on quick!
OTOH, guys like Congressman Billybob would then, thankfully, be in charge.
I teach special education--primarily reading. 4 years ago, one of my little guys who in addition to having a reading problem ALSO had a behavior problem. He brings an Altoid box to school with a white powder in a baggie tucked inside. Also brought some extra baggies. He tells the others "psst, I got some coke, wanna buy?" So the deal goes down in the restroom with about 4 kids.
The guidance counselor happens to walk in at the right moment and sees a bag exchange hands--the whole group goes to the office. Turns out the kid had a mixture of powdered and regular sugar.
Of course, everyone is suspended, but the mother of this kid decides to fight the suspension on the basis that her son had a disability and couldn't read well. (Actually, he read pretty well when I gave him materials with about a 24-28 font hmmmmm)
So we are at a meeting and the mother makes this statement. "I believe that this is a result of D----'s reading disability." And I being the consumate smart ass say, "What? you have 2 canisters on your counter, one marked cocaine and one marked sugar and he grabbed the wrong one?"
My principal would have cheerfully killed me on the spot, but I didn't and still don't care. Her claim was ridiculous.
As an aftermath, I was asked to leave the meeting for my "unproductive" comment and his actions were found to not be a result of his disability.
My principal still hates me though.
Today, I had to show a passport, drivers license, proof of residence, social security card, sign an acknowledgement, and get a "designated package holder" to buy Sudafed.
A rule is a rule is a rule is a rule
Time to raid the coffee pot and accessories (paraphenalia) in the teacher's lounge! Oops, that won't happen b/c the NEA would protect them.