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Conn. Student Suspended For Buying Candy In School
WCBSTV | AP ^ | 3/12/08

Posted on 03/12/2008 12:12:14 PM PDT by LibWhacker

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) -- Contraband candy has led to big trouble for an eighth-grade honors student.

Michael Sheridan was stripped of his title as class vice president, barred from attending an honors student dinner and suspended for a day after buying a bag of Skittles from a classmate.

The New Haven school system banned candy sales in 2003 as part of a district-wide school wellness policy, said school spokeswoman Catherine Sullivan-DeCarlo.

Shelli Sheridan, Michael's mother, said he is a top student with no previous disciplinary problems.

"It's too much. It's too unfair," she said. "He's never even had a detention."

Michael's suspension has been reduced from three days to one, but he has not been reinstated as class vice president.

He said he didn't realize his candy purchase was against the rules, but he did notice that the student selling the Skittles on Feb. 26 was being secretive.

An administrator busted Michael with the candy in his pocket. His mother says the student who sold him the Skittles out of a lunch box was also suspended.

Sullivan-DeCarlo said Sheridan Middle School principal Eleanor Turner repeatedly warned students that she did not want candy to be sold or money to change hands during school. Turner referred all questions to Sullivan-DeCarlo.

Aside from the nutrition issue, Sullivan-DeCarlo said, students create security problems when they carry money.

A copy of the district's policy states that "no candy or junk food fundraisers will be allowed on school grounds" and that only healthy snacks will be sold in vending machines.

The policy also prohibits bake sales and other food sales during school hours. The policy does not say anything about students sharing snacks when no money is exchanged.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: Connecticut
KEYWORDS: buying; candy; education; homeschoolingisgood; publicschool; school; skittles; student; suspended
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1 posted on 03/12/2008 12:12:16 PM PDT by LibWhacker
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To: LibWhacker

When candy is outlawed, only ,........


2 posted on 03/12/2008 12:14:17 PM PDT by garyhope (Fellini fan, Client 8 1/2)
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To: LibWhacker

This is beyond parody.


3 posted on 03/12/2008 12:14:34 PM PDT by RonF
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To: LibWhacker

“The policy does not say anything about students sharing snacks when no money is exchanged.”

I say buy a couple of cases of Skittles and hand them out. Make them deal with this terrible loop-hole!


4 posted on 03/12/2008 12:15:50 PM PDT by HeadOn (Maybe letting the Republican party die is the only way out...)
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To: RonF
Taliban Food Police
5 posted on 03/12/2008 12:17:35 PM PDT by Rodm (Seest thou a man diligent in his business? He shall stand before kings)
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To: LibWhacker

The inmates are running the asylum.


6 posted on 03/12/2008 12:18:36 PM PDT by SaveTheChief (Chief Illiniwek (1926-2007))
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To: LibWhacker

Every public school employee in America is f**(ing insane.


7 posted on 03/12/2008 12:19:31 PM PDT by Lazamataz (Why isn't this in Breaking News????)
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To: LibWhacker
Sullivan-DeCarlo said Sheridan Middle School principal Eleanor Turner repeatedly warned students that she did not want candy to be sold or money to change hands during school. Turner referred all questions to Sullivan-DeCarlo.

Aside from the nutrition issue, Sullivan-DeCarlo said, students create security problems when they carry money.

A copy of the district's policy states that "no candy or junk food fundraisers will be allowed on school grounds" and that only healthy snacks will be sold in vending machines.

So let me get this straight. They have vending machines, but the kids aren't allowed to carry money?

8 posted on 03/12/2008 12:19:43 PM PDT by Bubba Ho-Tep ("More weight!"--Giles Corey)
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To: LibWhacker

The kid clearly violated the “wellness” policy and is lucky he got off so easy.


9 posted on 03/12/2008 12:19:50 PM PDT by beltfed308 (Heller: The defining moment of our Republic)
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To: LibWhacker; holdonnow

Nanny state rules — coming soon to a public school near you...


10 posted on 03/12/2008 12:20:02 PM PDT by CedarDave (John, When will you treat conservatives the way you do fellow senators John, Hillary and Barack?)
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To: All

thank you NEA.....for giving us such tremendous educators who are more worried about candy than teaching children to read, utterly absurd.


11 posted on 03/12/2008 12:20:05 PM PDT by Alright_on_the_LeftCoast
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To: Alright_on_the_LeftCoast

Ahhhhhhhhh the nanny state, just when you think they have reached the max level of stupidity, they go and top themselves.


12 posted on 03/12/2008 12:22:15 PM PDT by JimC214
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To: LibWhacker

When I was growing up, in response to some silliness like this, the ENTIRE student body would show up the next few days with candy in our out of their pockets.


13 posted on 03/12/2008 12:22:16 PM PDT by taxcontrol
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To: LibWhacker

What kind of suspension for buying drugs at school? I wonder.


14 posted on 03/12/2008 12:22:34 PM PDT by DallasDeb ((a.k.a. USAFA2006Mom!))
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To: RonF
Well, you know, if they let them get by with dealing Skittles, then they'll be trying to deal M&M's, and then Snicker's bars, and then gawd knows what else...
15 posted on 03/12/2008 12:23:42 PM PDT by Samwise (The problem is that a vote for McCain is a vote for McCain.)
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To: LibWhacker
"FIRST THEY CAME FOR CIGARRETTE SMOKERS AND THEIR RIGHT TO SMOKE IN PRIVATE ESTABLISHMENTS, AND I DID NOT SPEAK UP BECAUSE I DON'T SMOKE AND BELIEVE IT IS A NASTY, DISGUSTING HABIT TO BEGIN WITH...........

"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," and all about "the chilluns," but you would not listen.

Well, the proverbial chickens are coming home to roost. How do you like it now????

16 posted on 03/12/2008 12:24:09 PM PDT by Conservative Vermont Vet (One of ONLY 37 Conservatives in the People's Republic of Vermont. Socialists and Progressives All)
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To: LibWhacker
This is gross stupidity. These left-wing anti-humans should be fired from living the good life off of our tax dollars.

Schools need competition. Not left-wing idiots running them.

17 posted on 03/12/2008 12:25:18 PM PDT by YOUGOTIT (The Greatest Threat to our Security is the US Senate)
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To: LibWhacker

When did Connecticut turn communist? This is stuff I’d expect to read about happening in China.


18 posted on 03/12/2008 12:25:30 PM PDT by OB1kNOb (This year's Presidential election is a race to the bottom. Which Party will out stupid the other ?)
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To: LibWhacker
What about Girl Scout cookies? Is that illegal too?

-PJ

19 posted on 03/12/2008 12:26:07 PM PDT by Political Junkie Too (Repeal the 17th amendment -- it's the "Fairness Doctrine" for Congress!)
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To: LibWhacker

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20 posted on 03/12/2008 12:26:42 PM PDT by fireforeffect (A kind word and a 2x4, gets you more than just a kind word.)
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To: LibWhacker
said school spokeswoman Catherine Sullivan-DeCarlo

I would have laid odds that the school disctrict's spokeswoman would have a hypenated surname.

21 posted on 03/12/2008 12:27:29 PM PDT by TonyInOhio (Dedicated to the preservation of American Exceptionalism.)
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To: Samwise

The gateway candy?


22 posted on 03/12/2008 12:27:56 PM PDT by beltfed308 (Heller: The defining moment of our Republic)
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To: LibWhacker

Oh, fricken puhleeze. Don’t they have better battles to fight?


23 posted on 03/12/2008 12:30:38 PM PDT by Jaded ("I have a mustard- seed; and I am not afraid to use it."- Joseph Ratzinger)
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To: LibWhacker

I’d call them morons, but that might be unfair to the word moron...


24 posted on 03/12/2008 12:31:34 PM PDT by Tirian
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To: Bubba Ho-Tep

Are the kids in school or jail???
Stupid administrator.


25 posted on 03/12/2008 12:31:49 PM PDT by Nailbiter
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To: LibWhacker

In the 6th grade (~1975) a buddy of mine & I would ride our bikes to this gas station every Sunday and buy about $10 worth of candy. Each. The next day at school, we’d sell it to the other kids and a couple teachers for twice what we’d paid for it. Of course some fat kid told his dump-$hit parents who raised hell and we were told to stop. We thought we were rich.


26 posted on 03/12/2008 12:31:51 PM PDT by mad puppy (Never have I felt so politically radical and I swear I didn't move an inch.)
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To: LibWhacker
"Eat well, exercise, stay fit, don't smoke or drink--DIE ANYWAY."
27 posted on 03/12/2008 12:37:15 PM PDT by Conservative Vermont Vet (One of ONLY 37 Conservatives in the People's Republic of Vermont. Socialists and Progressives All)
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To: taxcontrol

Been there, done that. Backin the 50’s.

But, what got my attention here was that the honors student (buyer) was detroyed, the other just got a suspension,no stripping of honors.

Been there, done that, too. With my sons, early 80’s, but we won in the end.

The basic idea is to take good students down a peg. Just check and you’ll see that in most of these cases of egregious overpunishment, it’s good students being victimised.


28 posted on 03/12/2008 12:38:42 PM PDT by From many - one.
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To: beltfed308

Absolutely!! He should have been tied to the flag pole in front of the entire school body and lashed several times. Can’t allow such brazen crimes to exist. Next they may plan to use more than two sheets of toilet tissue to clean themselves.


29 posted on 03/12/2008 12:39:05 PM PDT by TDA2
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To: LibWhacker

So, if the kid had been selling broccoli, he’d be OK.


30 posted on 03/12/2008 12:39:49 PM PDT by quark
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To: LibWhacker

Government schools are evil.


31 posted on 03/12/2008 12:41:29 PM PDT by stinkerpot65 (Global warming is a Marxist lie.)
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To: LibWhacker

How many innocent Skittles must die?? Close the candy sale loophole!!


32 posted on 03/12/2008 12:42:48 PM PDT by ozzymandus
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To: beltfed308

When I was a kid and a friend got caught with a pack of smokes. his dad made him smoke everyone till he puked.
I hope this kid gets put hrough the ringer by his parents.

“Now sit there and eat every one of those Skittles.”


33 posted on 03/12/2008 12:43:53 PM PDT by Holicheese (Beware your friendly air defenses!)
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To: LibWhacker
The Central Committee must be ever vigilant against counterrevolutionary thought and deed. The welfare of the proletariat is at stake and no bourgeoisie capitalist doctrine is to be tolerated. These lackeys of the power brokers start with Skittles and infect the children with their neo-con ideas that infect the collective /sarc
34 posted on 03/12/2008 12:44:56 PM PDT by Polynikes (Hey. I got a question. How are you planning to get back down that hill?)
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To: LibWhacker
Of course, selling these items in all the school bathrooms is A-OK!


35 posted on 03/12/2008 12:45:16 PM PDT by quark
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To: Holicheese
When I was a kid and a friend got caught with a pack of smokes. his dad made him smoke everyone till he puked.

Boy does that bring back memories. Your friend live in Minnesota? :>)

36 posted on 03/12/2008 12:45:34 PM PDT by beltfed308 (Heller: The defining moment of our Republic)
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To: LibWhacker

Loons


37 posted on 03/12/2008 12:46:35 PM PDT by Jaded ("I have a mustard- seed; and I am not afraid to use it."- Joseph Ratzinger)
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To: LibWhacker

Michael Sheridan was candy client #9.


38 posted on 03/12/2008 12:46:59 PM PDT by Zack Attack
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To: fireforeffect

No kidding is search broken.


39 posted on 03/12/2008 12:48:09 PM PDT by sopwith (don't tread on me)
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To: sopwith

Worked for me.


40 posted on 03/12/2008 12:50:05 PM PDT by fireforeffect (A kind word and a 2x4, gets you more than just a kind word.)
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To: Holicheese

My immediate thought was, “The kid thought the rules did not apply to him; now he knows they do.” You cannot learn that law of nature too young.

Had he been my kid I would have asked him if he knew that what he was doing was against school rules, and if he said yes, I would want to know if somehow I had brought him up to believe that the rules did not apply to him, and if not, where he got that idea.

I wish all schools were this tough on people who break rules. Then I would not have to deal with the stupid brats in our laundry room who, upon being caught helping themselves to my laundry soap, whine, “Well, I didn’t know it was yours!” “YOU KNEW IT WAS NOT YOURS, DIDN’T YOU?” I habitually shout at them. They look offended and mutter, “Well, sorry you feel that way!” and flounce away.

Yes, the rules do in fact apply to this kid and whether or not you think the rules are stupid, they are the rules. If you are teaching your kid that he doesn’t have to obey “stupid” rules, I hope you are also teaching him that he has to face the consequences, too.


41 posted on 03/12/2008 12:51:05 PM PDT by Appleby
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To: quark
Try Europe. Condoms and sim cards from the same machine.

And that was on the Rail platform at a small German town.

42 posted on 03/12/2008 12:51:39 PM PDT by fireforeffect (A kind word and a 2x4, gets you more than just a kind word.)
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To: beltfed308

No, in MA. I think that is a universal father thing.
I remember my first episode with chew.
I was play hockey and I couldn’t keep it together and it was floating around. Then I swallowed some. I skated immediatly to the bench and hurled over the boards. My dad never said a word. He didn’t need to. never tried it again.


43 posted on 03/12/2008 12:53:07 PM PDT by Holicheese (Beware your friendly air defenses!)
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To: LibWhacker

So in CT they illegally close legitimate businesses for staying open too late and kick kids out of school for buying candy. Which is worse? CT or MA?


44 posted on 03/12/2008 12:56:01 PM PDT by Leftism is Mentally Deranged (Fascism is wrong even if it's practiced by the government)
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To: RonF

I had to look at it twice because I was sure it was from Scrappleface.


45 posted on 03/12/2008 12:57:39 PM PDT by quikdrw (Life is tough....it's even tougher if you are stupid.)
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To: LibWhacker

Evidently, candy is still available at school despite the rules; common sense, however, is utterly unavailable.


46 posted on 03/12/2008 1:07:15 PM PDT by Jack Hammer (here)
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To: LibWhacker

PTSO Sheridan Middle School PTSO Members provide refreshments for January 14th Technology Open House.

Sheridan Middle School


47 posted on 03/12/2008 1:19:02 PM PDT by Jeff Chandler (It takes a father to raise a child.)
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To: LibWhacker

lol.. Sweet!

Incredible.. the school heads should be so proud. (pass the Milk Duds)


48 posted on 03/12/2008 1:19:37 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed ... ICE’s toll-free tip hotline —1-866-DHS-2-ICE ... 9/11 .. Never FoRGeT)
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To: LibWhacker
Michael Sheridan ...and suspended for a day after buying a bag of Skittles from a classmate.

Did the classmate get suspended too or can students bring candy to school without violating the stupid rule?

49 posted on 03/12/2008 1:21:50 PM PDT by Red Steel
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To: Lazamataz
Every public school employee in America is f**(ing insane

I came to a similar conclusion many years ago. As you know, FR is littered with articles over the years like this that have come from all U.S. regions.

50 posted on 03/12/2008 1:29:44 PM PDT by Red Steel
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