Skip to comments.Students Suspended For Bringing 'Happy Crack' To School
Posted on 05/18/2006 12:12:49 PM PDT by Abathar
PENN HILLS, Pa. -- Parents and at least one school board member said they believe an elementary school in Pennsylvania overreacted when it suspended 14 students earlier this month for mixing sugar and Kool-Aid crystals and calling it "Happy Crack."
Officials in the Penn Hills School District said the kids were suspended for imitating drug activity.
The students put the mixture in plastic bags and labeled it "Happy Crack."
But some parents said they don't think that should have gotten the students suspended from Shenandoah Elementary School.
School Board Member Erin Vecchio told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that she agreed with the parents.
"My own kids used to make it at school. It's Kool-Aid and sugar," Vecchio told the newspaper. "It's colored. It doesn't look like drugs. It looks like Pixy Stix. I didn't find anything wrong with it."
The principal and school superintendent haven't commented on the incident.
These children should be expelled. I mean, for the love of Mike, bringing sugar to school...
We used to buy the vanilla shakes at lunch and put orange Kool Aid mix in them. We always saved some mix to cut lines of it on the cafeteria table and snort it so we could all laugh at how stupid we were.
If you look at the average intellegence of a public school graduate, maybe learning drug dealing is the only chance these kids have of getting a career.........
You gotta stop this behavior right away. Next thing you know they'll be grinding up sweet tarts and sniffing it through a rolled up Monopoly $500.
Good thing they didn't bring "Pop Rocks". Anyone remember those? They exploded in your mouth!
At least they didn't bring candy cigarettes or bone heads to school!
All they would have to do is say "We're gay!" and that would be the end of that.......
Look how the drug war and all the school propaganda has made the drug culture appealing to kids!
Ping for the Public Schools list.
I loved candy cigarettes when I was a kid. Strange since no one in my family smoked. Even stranger, I have never smoked. But I really liked them.
They can't teach them to read or write, but they sure can suspend them for their "creativity", can't they?
She took a baggy of sugar and kool-aid mixed together to school.
Got called into the principle's office, asked what the problem was, the principle told her they thought it was drugs.
She started laughing her behind off and told them what it was.
She demande that they bring in the "resource officer" to have it tested and then sat there and ate a couple of spoonfuls after they tested it.
She told the principle that she wouldn't do drugs because if she did she'd die, her father would kill her.
Once I tried to smoke a candy cigarette in the girls' room at my high school.
I found out that the smell of burning sugar attracts assistant principals.
Candy cigarettes were fun and I liked them also. I don't smoke either.
Ain't nothing to be happy about here.
My mama always told me, "Don't go anywhere without your Happy Crack."
I just thought of something. After responding I realized that they sounded really good even today. Maybe I really am addicted to them?
The kids in our neighborhood had a little club where we started the meetings by having a ceremonial mouthful of Pop Rocks or Space Dust candy before issues could be called to the floor for discussion.
~ Blue Jays ~
>>> mixing sugar and Kool-Aid crystals and calling it "Happy Crack." >>>
We used to make and eat this all the time!! They market this stuff too. It's called PIXIE STICKS!!
What are they going to do next, expell them for practicing witchcraft eating something named after Earth religion entities???
Was anyone brave enough to drink soda, afterwards?
"Officials in the Penn Hills School District said the kids were suspended for imitating drug activity."
That quote is why I support the school in this case.
For me....it's not what they brought to school, it was calling it "Happy Crack". That is not acceptable in a school setting.
It's been at least thirty years, but I remember candy cigarettes having a pleasing chalkiness on the tongue that I used to enjoy. The ones I used to purchase had a little drop of red food coloring on the tip to simulate a glowing ash.
I've never smoked a cigarette or taken an illegal drug in my life and I'm in excellent physical condition...yet I can still taste that unique candy when I think about it! Almost a combination of vanilla and mint.
~ Blue Jays ~
Ohh, I think I'm gonna cry at those pictures. Nostalgia can be an odd thing.
I remember that too. Make supersaturated solutions over the Busen burner to make sugar crystals?
About that time we realized we were in public school & the teacher was too lazy to actually teach us any chemistry, so we started leaving little piles of gunpowder that we'd made on the floor around his desk. Charcoal, sulphur and saltpeter.
He moved pretty fast for a big man.
Yes! Liked them better then Pixy Stix.
Didn't you know that candy cigarettes were the "gateway" to the much more dangerous Bubble gum Cigars!!!
You dodged a mighty big bullet my friend!!
"...Was anyone brave enough to drink soda, afterwards?..."
And take a chance on dying from the dangerous combination like Mikey of Life Cereal fame? Are you nuts!
~ Blue Jays ~
It is scary that this is from an elementary school.
Break out the pickle covers?
Okay, do you still have a stock of these things around? You described them perfectly. I remember the red dot on the end. I know there is some place that stocks retro candy but I don't know if they have the candy cigarettes.
It's nice to know some things don't change. We did this exact same thing in Catholic grade school (1-6) in the late 70s, simply & solely for the sugar rush. Drug use was never implied nor thought of.
Was he also defending his 'stash' with his chicken finger 'piece'?
At least distilling is useful knowledge. All I learned from
chemistry was a deep and abiding love for pyrotechnics.
We did the same thing in middle school, but we called it "Hypo" - as in, it'll make you super hyper (and man how it did!!).
I'm confused, I clicked on this thinking it was just another article on school dress codes.
Yeah, that too! You take out of water with pliers, and it catches fire?
It burns good, real good! (drooling)
Ummm, exactly what grade did you get in that class?
I think you burned magnesium strips, not manganese...
Maybe a little in school suspension and a stern talking-to by the principal, depending on the principal would be appropriate. Stupid kids for calling the stuff "crack". Were they selling it, too? Some of the kids at our elementary school were bringing plain sugar in baggies and selling it as if it were drugs. They shouldda been suspended. After they served their punishment, they went around trying to find the snitch and threatening to beat him/her up. I don't think a whole lot of these particular kids because they are so disrespectful of adults and lie through their teeth regularly. (Our boys are not sweet innocent boys, but they will admit their mischief. I can't stand Eddie Haskell types.) Anywho, I don't know enough about what happened at the school in the article to know whether the punishment was warranted.
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