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Posted on 03/12/2008 5:49:22 AM PDT by Puppage
New Haven (AP) _ An eighth-grade honors student at a New Haven school has been suspended for buying a bag of candy at school.
Michael Sheridan, a student at Sheridan Middle School, was suspended from school for one day, barred from attending an honors student dinner and stripped of his title as class vice president.
Officials say he was punished because he bought a bag of Skittles from another student.
A school spokeswoman says the New Haven school system banned candy sales and fundraisers in 2003 as part of the districtwide school wellness policy.
Spokeswoman Catherine Sullivan-DeCarlo says there are no candy sales allowed in schools, period.
The student who sold the candy also was suspended.
Well, it might have made him late for the gay sex class.
LOL - my daughter would buy candy at sams club weekly when we went there.....It wasnt long before I asked where all this stuff was going, thinking there was a party...she was reselling it at school for a hefty profit -
Does their rule really say that you can be suspended for selling candy? It’s one thing to “ban” it, another to suspend.
If you outlaw Skittles, only outlaws will have Skittles.
I just hope after he was suspended he didn’t hug someone for comfort.
“districtwide school wellness policy”
Seems like suspending an honors student is a pretty drastic remedy for enforcing a “wellness policy.”
It’s not clear if the school has a hatred of candy, or a hatred of capitalism. I’m guessing it’s both.
An Excellent Lesson for him - bureaucracies are completely worthless. Hopefully, a new FReeper has just been recruited.
How did I know that the admins in the story would have a hyphenated name?
And stripped of his title as class president.
He shoul’ve huddled with advisors and tried to cut a deal...ala Eliot Spitzer.
I’m sure the principal had bigger problems that should have been dealt with that day than a bag of Skittles.
Breathtakingly stupid. I hope there’s enough ridicule that the school has to backtrack. And apologize.
Candy is destructive and doesn't belong in school. Congrats to the the school officials for protecting this child from destruction.
In fact, candy is so bad that students should be punished for even thinking of eating it.
Maybe the school should hire a candy enforcer to search the subjects ( I mean students) for candy possession.
I wonder if they sell candy bars in vending machine in the teachers lounge.
Can Candy Rehab be far off?
Zero-tolerance isn't a wellness policy, it's a sickness policy. Wonder if the school would reconsider if a portion of all proceeds went into a school slush er wellness fund.
Skittles could be the PC candy of choice, with their rainbow colors and all.
Except during Lent when only potato chips and popcorn were sold.
I daresay inmates in prisons have more freedom than these students do.
Obviously this school is a “candy free zone”
OMG! Can you imagine if he bought an aspirin ? Or drank a coke? On the other hand, he could probably engage in public sex on the playground (oops, they don’t allow playgrounds anymore, too dangerous) and that would be OK.
Like Jonah Goldberg says:
And people wonder why there is a loss of respect for authority these days
Oh, for crying out freakin' loud on a stick with a marshmallow on it.
“An Excellent Lesson for him - bureaucracies are completely worthless. Hopefully, a new FReeper has just been recruited.”
Although the whole thing really sucks, I immediately thought the same thing. Indoctrinating kids K-12 is one way to go (bad) while one incident as this will turn a child into a conservative in 2 seconds (hopefully).
Let it be said in defence of the Administration that this student has received a true education in the realities of today’s America.
Now it’s his call as to whether to buy into it or not. Grtade VIII is not too young to learn.
"THEN THEY CAME FOR FOODS THAT CONTAIN TRANS FATS AND I DIDN'T SPEAK UP BECAUSE I AM A HEALTHY EATER AND BESIDES, THIS DID NOT REALLY AFFECT ME.........
"NEXT THEY CAME FOR .........
Okay all of you defenders of the Nanny-Nazi-Police-State (AND ONE OF THE BIGGEST OFFENDERS WAS ELLIOT #9 SPITZER) having the power over regulating every one of our personal (LEGAL) activities and choices, we tried to warn you, but you dismissed us as fear-mongering dotes.
We tried to tell you this was all about POWER as opposed to legitimate "health issues," but you would not listen.
Well, the proverbial chickens are coming home to roost. How do you like it now????
Skittles..THE DIVERSITY CANDY!!
“Maybe the school should hire a candy enforcer to search the subjects ( I mean students) for candy possession.”
You laugh, but at the public elementary school in my neighborhood, they search kids’ lunchboxes for contraband sweets (all sweets are banned). And my neighbors wonder why my kids will be going to private school...
He should have turned the candy pusher into the SS and gotten the Blue Max from the principal. Of course, he’d be beaten to a pulp.
The parents should also punish the student by removing him permanently from the school as a show of support for this action this school has taken. They should immediatly homeschool the student even though that would deny the school the funding they get for him.
The only way to ‘teach’ schools, is to remove the $$$$$ from them.
As Limbaugh has said, something really stupid can be made (as my earlier post), and then it turns out to be true somewhere!
Wells at least the elementary kids in your area will have a safe, candy free school.
Maybe as a side benefit, they will also learn a little bit of math and English.
Ms. Decarlo’s e-mail in case you are intereted:
Now, let me tell you-- kids in our middle school bring their own candy and they eat it all day long [and that's no exaggeration]. They will have no teeth by the time they're 35. Dentistry is the career of the future.
But, pulp is from fruit soooooo, I think it's a good thing. Well, at least allowed in school.
Has anyone here ever met someone with double-barrelled name that they liked?
Just thinking of my real-life experiences.
Excuse me? If I choose to have my child have a PB&J for lunch.. that would be banned?
If I was a parent of a child of that school.. I would be nailing the school board to the wall at each and every meeting.....
Can state Wellness Enforcement Officers be far behind?
That “wellness” policy will just push the kindergarteners back to eating paste and boogers.
The only way to teach schools, is to remove the $$$$$ from them.
I can't speak for other states or other times, but in Texas back in the 1980s, the amount of funding each school district received from the feds was based on Average Daily Attendance. The Average Daily Attendance was computed over ten days in the school year ... one week in Fall, and one week in Spring.
The upshot of this was that a relatively small number of kids suddenly getting “sick” during two weeks of the school year could have a significant effect on the school district's finances.
Well, peanut butter is probably banned because someone might be allergic, so yeah your PB&J might be banned too. Like I said, my kids don’t go there so I don’t know the specifics of the policy. I think it’s just no cookies, candy, cupcakes, etc.
The year that they implemented the policy, one of the PTA moms didn’t know about the ban and made hundreds of cupcakes to hand out on the first day of school. They made her set up her table off the school property to give them away. I told her she should have wrapped them in condoms and then she’d have been fine.
My son did that, too. They told him to stop.
“Spokeswoman Catherine Sullivan-DeCarlo says there are no candy sales allowed in schools, period.”
Being from Ct and knowing New Haven schools, I bet the kid thought he was buying x. I’m sure its readily available at school.
“You laugh, but at the public elementary school in my neighborhood, they search kids lunchboxes for contraband sweets (all sweets are banned). And my neighbors wonder why my kids will be going to private school...”
Holy crap. Where do you live? My Daughter’s 3rd Grade Teacher bought a ton of Girl Scout cookies from us this year. I had to haul in 4 boxes into her classroom for my daughter. Not to mention the 6 other teachers who also ordered cookies. Good to see that this no candy stupidity has not effected Ohio (yet?).
I have heard of teachers and other school officials catching students “in the act” and never heard of students being punished in any way for that- possibly a short lecture but they don’t even tell the parents.
All the changes in schools has me baffled- in my day I can only imagine if I had been caught haveing sex at school- I know for a fact my parents would have been notified- but we were allowed candy, over the counter medicines and many things that make schools crazy these days. In my day it would have been hard to find a single boy not carrying a pocket knife and many had firearms in their vehicles; as did many teachers. We also managed to get a decent education in spite of all the teaching methods used then being wrong according to today’s experts.
I have heard of teachers and other school officials catching students in the act and never heard of students being punished in any way for that- possibly a short lecture but they dont even tell the parents.
That pretty much comports with the news today that 1/4th of teenage girls have STD’s. Nothing about the boys but you could only imagine that the rate would be higher among them.
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