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Students Suspended For Bringing 'Happy Crack' To School
The Indy Channel ^ | May 18, 2006 | ap

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.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events; US: Pennsylvania
KEYWORDS: azucar; candy; crack; drogos; drugs; drugwars; dulces; justsaynotocrack; sugar; warondrugs; waronkoolaid; waronsomedrugs; wod; wodlist
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1 posted on 05/18/2006 12:12:50 PM PDT by Abathar
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To: Abathar

These children should be expelled. I mean, for the love of Mike, bringing sugar to school...


2 posted on 05/18/2006 12:14:30 PM PDT by SerpentDove (So I guess you WANT a flood of Democrat voters pouring over the border.)
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To: Abathar
I wonder what they would do if a boy brought in a container of poppy-cock for lunch?
3 posted on 05/18/2006 12:15:03 PM PDT by Abathar (Helen Thomas's first job was the test dummy at the Ugly Stick Manufacturing Co.)
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To: Abathar

4 posted on 05/18/2006 12:15:10 PM PDT by Caveman Lawyer (Cluckin' defiance)
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To: SerpentDove

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.


5 posted on 05/18/2006 12:19:16 PM PDT by kx9088
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To: Abathar

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.........


6 posted on 05/18/2006 12:19:28 PM PDT by joe fonebone (Time to bring back tar and feathering.)
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To: Abathar

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.


7 posted on 05/18/2006 12:19:32 PM PDT by Yo-Yo (USAF, TAC, 12th AF, 366 TFW, 366 MG, 366 CRS, Mtn Home AFB, 1978-81)
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To: Abathar

Good thing they didn't bring "Pop Rocks". Anyone remember those? They exploded in your mouth!


8 posted on 05/18/2006 12:19:57 PM PDT by Polyxene (For where God built a church, there the Devil would also build a chapel - Martin Luther)
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To: Abathar

At least they didn't bring candy cigarettes or bone heads to school!


9 posted on 05/18/2006 12:20:40 PM PDT by mtbopfuyn (I think the border is kind of an artificial barrier - San Antonio councilwoman Patti Radle)
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To: Abathar

All they would have to do is say "We're gay!" and that would be the end of that.......


10 posted on 05/18/2006 12:21:10 PM PDT by Red Badger (Liberals reward sloth and revere incompetence...........)
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To: Abathar

Look how the drug war and all the school propaganda has made the drug culture appealing to kids!


11 posted on 05/18/2006 12:24:50 PM PDT by Atlas Sneezed (Your FRiendly FReeper Patent Attorney)
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To: Born Conservative

Ping for the Public Schools list.


12 posted on 05/18/2006 12:24:55 PM PDT by MaggieCarta
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To: mtbopfuyn

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.


13 posted on 05/18/2006 12:25:37 PM PDT by TXBubba ( Democrats: If they don't abort you then they will tax you to death.)
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To: Abathar

They can't teach them to read or write, but they sure can suspend them for their "creativity", can't they?


14 posted on 05/18/2006 12:26:47 PM PDT by geezerwheezer (get up boys, we're burnin' daylight!!!)
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To: Abathar
My daughter had the same problem in High School.

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.

;^)

15 posted on 05/18/2006 12:27:15 PM PDT by Just another Joe (Warning: FReeping can be addictive and helpful to your mental health)
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To: TXBubba

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.


16 posted on 05/18/2006 12:28:28 PM PDT by Xenalyte (Pudding won't fill the emptiness inside me . . . but it'll help.)
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To: TXBubba

Candy cigarettes were fun and I liked them also. I don't smoke either.


17 posted on 05/18/2006 12:28:38 PM PDT by art_rocks
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To: Caveman Lawyer
Happy Crack?

Ain't nothing to be happy about here.

18 posted on 05/18/2006 12:29:06 PM PDT by Responsibility2nd (A Moose Once Bit my Sister. Yeah. She Turned Moose-lim.)
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To: Abathar

My mama always told me, "Don't go anywhere without your Happy Crack."


19 posted on 05/18/2006 12:29:26 PM PDT by msnimje (Illegals to US CITIZENS .... "You Suck.......Now pass the mash potatoes!")
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To: Abathar
I remember when they taught us how to make rock candy in school with sugar, water, a can, and some string.

-PJ

20 posted on 05/18/2006 12:29:50 PM PDT by Political Junkie Too (It's still not safe to vote Democrat.)
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To: Abathar
Officials in the Penn Hills School District said the kids were suspended for imitating drug activity.

What, Were they smokin it???? LOL
21 posted on 05/18/2006 12:30:11 PM PDT by HEY4QDEMS (Sarchasm: The gulf between the author of sarcastic wit and the person who doesn't get it.)
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To: art_rocks; Xenalyte
Candy cigarettes were fun and I liked them also. I don't smoke either.

I just thought of something. After responding I realized that they sounded really good even today. Maybe I really am addicted to them?

22 posted on 05/18/2006 12:33:15 PM PDT by TXBubba ( Democrats: If they don't abort you then they will tax you to death.)
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To: Polyxene
Hi Polyxene-

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 ~

23 posted on 05/18/2006 12:38:23 PM PDT by Blue Jays (Rock Hard, Ride Free)
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To: Abathar

>>> 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???


25 posted on 05/18/2006 12:43:43 PM PDT by sandbar
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To: Blue Jays


Was anyone brave enough to drink soda, afterwards?


26 posted on 05/18/2006 12:43:55 PM PDT by in hoc signo vinces ("Houston, TX...a waiting quagmire for jihadis. American gals are worth fighting for!")
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To: Abathar

"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.


27 posted on 05/18/2006 12:44:24 PM PDT by is_is (VPD of Lcpl Daniel - USMC , 2/5 - Somewhere in the Pacific)
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To: TXBubba
Hi TXBubba-

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 ~

28 posted on 05/18/2006 12:44:37 PM PDT by Blue Jays (Rock Hard, Ride Free)
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To: Blue Jays

Ohh, I think I'm gonna cry at those pictures. Nostalgia can be an odd thing.


29 posted on 05/18/2006 12:46:29 PM PDT by sandbar
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To: Political Junkie Too

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.


30 posted on 05/18/2006 12:47:11 PM PDT by tumblindice
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To: Polyxene

Yes! Liked them better then Pixy Stix.


31 posted on 05/18/2006 12:48:24 PM PDT by retrokitten (would make an excellent sidekick on your late night talkshow)
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To: Blue Jays
I'm suprised that you turned out all right!!!

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!!

-fb

32 posted on 05/18/2006 12:48:33 PM PDT by freedombird
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To: in hoc signo vinces
Hi in hoc signo vinces-

"...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 ~

33 posted on 05/18/2006 12:52:17 PM PDT by Blue Jays (Rock Hard, Ride Free)
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To: Abathar

It is scary that this is from an elementary school.


34 posted on 05/18/2006 12:52:20 PM PDT by ThisLittleLightofMine
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To: Abathar
I wonder what they would do if a boy brought in a container of poppy-cock for lunch?

Break out the pickle covers?

35 posted on 05/18/2006 12:55:05 PM PDT by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly.)
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To: Blue Jays

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.


36 posted on 05/18/2006 12:56:26 PM PDT by TXBubba ( Democrats: If they don't abort you then they will tax you to death.)
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To: Abathar

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.


37 posted on 05/18/2006 12:57:25 PM PDT by Blzbba (Beauty is just a light switch away...)
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To: tumblindice
That's kind of like in high school chemistry class when the teacher had us break into groups and distill alcohol. It took all period just to get a few drops.

-PJ

38 posted on 05/18/2006 1:00:03 PM PDT by Political Junkie Too (It's still not safe to vote Democrat.)
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To: Abathar

Was he also defending his 'stash' with his chicken finger 'piece'?


39 posted on 05/18/2006 1:10:12 PM PDT by Hegemony Cricket (Seems to me you've lived your life like a Camel in the wind - blowing smoke from both ends)
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To: TXBubba
Haven't even thought about candy cigarettes in three decades until I started reading this thread! The pleasing flavor and texture must be embedded deeply in my mind and associated with my happy childhood or something. A store that stocks retro candy? That's hilarious...because I would love to purchase some of these classic candies. Golden Nuggets was one of my other favorites in that little beige cotton satchel.
40 posted on 05/18/2006 1:10:55 PM PDT by Blue Jays (Rock Hard, Ride Free)
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To: Political Junkie Too

At least distilling is useful knowledge. All I learned from
chemistry was a deep and abiding love for pyrotechnics.


41 posted on 05/18/2006 1:10:56 PM PDT by tumblindice
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To: Abathar

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!!).


42 posted on 05/18/2006 1:12:59 PM PDT by CT-Freeper (Said the perpetually dejected Mets fan.)
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To: Abathar

I'm confused, I clicked on this thinking it was just another article on school dress codes.


43 posted on 05/18/2006 1:22:12 PM PDT by Old Professer (The critic writes with rapier pen, dips it twice, and writes again.)
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To: tumblindice
Like setting manganese strips on fire?

-PJ

44 posted on 05/18/2006 1:22:16 PM PDT by Political Junkie Too (It's still not safe to vote Democrat.)
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To: tumblindice
LOL!! I learned all about stuff that went BOOM from that class, found out a million and one things that you can blow up with sodium chlorate and how to make gun cotton!
45 posted on 05/18/2006 1:22:28 PM PDT by Abathar (Helen Thomas's first job was the test dummy at the Ugly Stick Manufacturing Co.)
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To: Blue Jays
If you want a really cool walk back in time, go to this candy store. You'll go nuts in there!
46 posted on 05/18/2006 1:26:48 PM PDT by reagan_fanatic (Support American sovereignty - boycott employers of illegal aliens)
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To: Political Junkie Too

Yeah, that too! You take out of water with pliers, and it catches fire?
It burns good, real good! (drooling)


47 posted on 05/18/2006 1:28:44 PM PDT by tumblindice
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To: windcliff

ping


48 posted on 05/18/2006 1:34:39 PM PDT by stylecouncilor
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To: Political Junkie Too
"Like setting manganese strips on fire?"

Ummm, exactly what grade did you get in that class?

I think you burned magnesium strips, not manganese...

49 posted on 05/18/2006 1:34:47 PM PDT by Abathar (Helen Thomas's first job was the test dummy at the Ugly Stick Manufacturing Co.)
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To: Abathar

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.


50 posted on 05/18/2006 1:35:42 PM PDT by petitfour ("Seek the Lord and live.")
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