Skip to comments.Conn. Student Suspended For Buying Candy In School
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.
I would have laid odds that the school disctrict's spokeswoman would have a hypenated surname.
The gateway candy?
Oh, fricken puhleeze. Don’t they have better battles to fight?
I’d call them morons, but that might be unfair to the word moron...
Are the kids in school or jail???
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.
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.
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.
So, if the kid had been selling broccoli, he’d be OK.
Government schools are evil.
How many innocent Skittles must die?? Close the candy sale loophole!!
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.”
Boy does that bring back memories. Your friend live in Minnesota? :>)
Michael Sheridan was candy client #9.
No kidding is search broken.
Worked for me.
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