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Conn. Student Suspended For Buying Candy In School
WCBS TV Channel 2 ^ | March 12, 2008

Posted on 03/12/2008 9:38:29 AM PDT by Clintonfatigued

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.

(Excerpt) Read more at wcbstv.com ...


TOPICS: Government; US: Connecticut
KEYWORDS: education; k12; publicschools; schools; trifecta; zerotolerance
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1 posted on 03/12/2008 9:38:30 AM PDT by Clintonfatigued
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To: metmom; traviskicks; Tired of Taxes; Aquinasfan; wintertime; fieldmarshaldj

Smuggling contraband Skittles? How fiendish!!!!!!!!/heavy sarcasm


2 posted on 03/12/2008 9:39:35 AM PDT by Clintonfatigued (You can't be serious about national security unless you're serious about border security)
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To: Clintonfatigued

Well, obviously this sort of thing is MUCH more important than teaching the 3 R’s! /sarc

Give me a break. Hope this kid’s family fights this nanny state business!! The punishment was way too drastic for the ‘crime’, for Pete’s sake.


3 posted on 03/12/2008 9:41:14 AM PDT by pillut48 (CJ in TX --Soccer Mom and proud Rush Conservative with no dog in the presidential race now *sigh*)
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To: Clintonfatigued
This is absurd.

OTOH, they want girls to have access to birth control without their parents knowledge and consent.

Now buying a bag of Skittles is a CRIME?

If the other child doesn't want to give it to him or trade something, why not let him BUY it from the kid?

4 posted on 03/12/2008 9:41:16 AM PDT by nmh (Intelligent people recognize Intelligent Design (God).)
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To: pillut48

I don’t see where it is a crime?

Help me!


5 posted on 03/12/2008 9:41:49 AM PDT by nmh (Intelligent people recognize Intelligent Design (God).)
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To: Clintonfatigued

Please tell me this is a parody.


6 posted on 03/12/2008 9:42:40 AM PDT by Tired of Taxes (Dad, I will always think of you.)
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To: Clintonfatigued

For that kind of punishment the kid should have brought in some pot, my lord. If candy and fast food was banned at my school there would have been riots.


7 posted on 03/12/2008 9:42:45 AM PDT by utherdoul
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To: Clintonfatigued

He should have limited his purchases to school-approved items.

You know, like condoms.

/sarc


8 posted on 03/12/2008 9:43:49 AM PDT by DemforBush
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To: nmh

“I don’t see where it is a crime?

Help me!”

Because they say so.


9 posted on 03/12/2008 9:44:06 AM PDT by Kirkwood
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To: Clintonfatigued
school spokeswoman Catherine Sullivan-DeCarlo.

When American women have hyphenated last names, you can usually expect the wacky ideas and attitudes to manifest themselves shortly.

10 posted on 03/12/2008 9:44:10 AM PDT by buccaneer81 (Bob Taft has soiled the family name for the next century.)
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To: nmh

Controlling students’ education isn’t enough for this school district/principal, apparently...they MUST control the child’s diet since you know, the parents’ aren’t smart enough to do so! Puleeze.


11 posted on 03/12/2008 9:44:24 AM PDT by pillut48 (CJ in TX --Soccer Mom and proud Rush Conservative with no dog in the presidential race now *sigh*)
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To: buccaneer81

Slow down, cowboy, not ALL women with hyphenated names have wacky ideas like this! (From someone with a hyphenated last name. :-)

I just thank God this kid wasn’t dealing with illegal peanut butter products—isn’t that a death penalty offence at schools nowadays?!?


12 posted on 03/12/2008 9:45:52 AM PDT by pillut48 (CJ in TX --Soccer Mom and proud Rush Conservative with no dog in the presidential race now *sigh*)
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To: Tired of Taxes; nutmeg

“Please tell me this is a parody.”

I wish I could. Like Metmom said on another thread, you can’t make up stuff like this.


13 posted on 03/12/2008 9:46:01 AM PDT by Clintonfatigued (You can't be serious about national security unless you're serious about border security)
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To: Tired of Taxes

Unfortunately Its not. Its liberal nanny-statism and do-gooderism run amok.

Here, give this principal a piece of your mind: (203)946-8828


14 posted on 03/12/2008 9:46:06 AM PDT by Emperor Palpatine ("There is no civility, only politics.")
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To: Clintonfatigued

When Skittles are outlawed only outlaws will have Skittles.


15 posted on 03/12/2008 9:46:25 AM PDT by keepitreal
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To: buccaneer81

Isn’t that the truth.


16 posted on 03/12/2008 9:46:25 AM PDT by Balding_Eagle (If America falls, darkness will cover the face of the earth for a thousand years.)
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To: Clintonfatigued

NAZIS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


17 posted on 03/12/2008 9:46:43 AM PDT by Vaquero (" an armed society is a polite society" Heinlein "MOLON LABE!" Leonidas of Sparta)
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To: Clintonfatigued
And they want to outlaw homeschooling. How have things become so convoluted? Sanity has been defeated and is in full retreat.
18 posted on 03/12/2008 9:46:56 AM PDT by kublia khan (Absolute war brings total victory)
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To: Clintonfatigued

This could actually affect the student’s chance of being accepted by a competitive college. I’d say it’s definitely time to sue the school. And, of course, enroll the boy in a private school.


19 posted on 03/12/2008 9:47:37 AM PDT by American Quilter (Vote Democrat--It's Easier Than Thinking)
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To: All

Makes me glad my three boys are now grown men but I fear for what my two little grand-daughters will have to face. This is just plain nonsense!


20 posted on 03/12/2008 9:48:32 AM PDT by Spottys Spurs
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To: Clintonfatigued
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.

Said with no evidence that she was conscious of her own absurdity in stating it.

Btw, if we get socialized medicine, brace for the impact of nationwide restrictions on candy. I'm just sayin'....

21 posted on 03/12/2008 9:49:12 AM PDT by thulldud (Insanity: Electing John McCain again and expecting a different result.)
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To: pillut48

Kid should claim his religion requires him to eat Skittles. Funny that there is no rule against selling candy, only buying it.


22 posted on 03/12/2008 9:49:27 AM PDT by Kirkwood
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To: buccaneer81
DeCarlo?? I wonder if she's related to Yvonne?


23 posted on 03/12/2008 9:49:35 AM PDT by Emperor Palpatine ("There is no civility, only politics.")
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To: keepitreal

Soon we’ll have to buy all of our junk food on the black market.


24 posted on 03/12/2008 9:51:26 AM PDT by Tired of Taxes (Dad, I will always think of you.)
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To: Clintonfatigued

20 years ago at my public school (this in 8th grade), they would crack down (literally) if you brought candy or gum to class. If you were caught with it, you got two licks (and I don’t mean of the tongue variety). You could hear a pin drop every time they took a kid in the hallway as we’d listen for the loud “THWACK !” Yee-oww ! Nobody ever returned without the tears streaming down their face... The teachers never missed their mark.


25 posted on 03/12/2008 9:52:27 AM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~~~***Just say NO to the "O"***~~~)
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To: Spottys Spurs

FROM MY COLD DEAD SUGARY-STAINED FINGERS!!!!


26 posted on 03/12/2008 9:54:28 AM PDT by OCCASparky (Steely-Eyed Killer of the Deep)
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To: Clintonfatigued; NewRomeTacitus

That also reminds me, our #1 contraband back in the mid ‘80s was dealing in “Now and Later’s” (remember those ?) and cinnamon-dipped toothpicks. Why we thought of those as delicacies, I have no idea...


27 posted on 03/12/2008 9:54:30 AM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~~~***Just say NO to the "O"***~~~)
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To: Tired of Taxes

I can see the Gambino family recruiting youngsters to “distribute” said black market goods.


28 posted on 03/12/2008 9:54:47 AM PDT by keepitreal
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To: keepitreal

But guns, violence, low grades are all tolerable.


29 posted on 03/12/2008 9:58:31 AM PDT by Blue Turtle
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To: buccaneer81

“school spokeswoman Catherine Sullivan-DeCarlo.”

Hi. I’m Catherine Sullivan -(and these severed genitals I hold in my hand are ‘DeCarlo’.)


30 posted on 03/12/2008 9:58:47 AM PDT by UCANSEE2 (Just saying what 'they' won't.)
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To: Clintonfatigued

Candy causes hyperactivity and we need calm in the classroom during Homosexual Indoctrination.


31 posted on 03/12/2008 9:59:16 AM PDT by relictele
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To: Clintonfatigued

A warning and a detention would have been appropriate.

The only message that this sends to other students is that there are no perks to being a good performer.


32 posted on 03/12/2008 10:02:44 AM PDT by kidd
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To: Clintonfatigued
Fight back! Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor? Hell, no! Call your Senator!


33 posted on 03/12/2008 10:05:26 AM PDT by USMCPOP (Father of LCpl. Karl Linn, KIA 1/26/2005 Al Haqlaniyah, Iraq)
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To: Clintonfatigued

It’s worse than you think. I understand the child paid for the candy in a series of transactions to evade the school limit on cash transfers over one dollar. First a postal money order for 25 cents, then a wire for 50 cents and then a quarter was left on a table near the candy pusher. Then he paid for the pusher’s train fare from NYC to New Haven, so now it is a federal matter. I’m glad they caught him before he became a hardened criminal or the Governor of a neighboring state.


34 posted on 03/12/2008 10:10:56 AM PDT by NJRighty (Under President Hillary, will the stars and stripes be replaced by a hammer and sickle?)
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To: DemforBush
"He should have limited his purchases to school-approved items....You know, like condoms."

No need to purchase what is given away for free.

35 posted on 03/12/2008 10:13:26 AM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: Clintonfatigued

“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.”

that’ll teach the little B@stard !! /s


36 posted on 03/12/2008 10:27:17 AM PDT by stompk
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To: kublia khan

Atlas Shrugs...


37 posted on 03/12/2008 10:30:50 AM PDT by Left2Right ("Democracy isn't perfect, but other governments are so much worse (especially Iran's)")
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To: DaveLoneRanger; 2Jedismom; aberaussie; Aggie Mama; agrace; Antoninus; arbooz; bboop; bill1952; ...

ANOTHER REASON TO HOMESCHOOL

This ping list is for the “other” articles of interest to homeschoolers about education and public school. If you want on/off this list, please freepmail me. The main Homeschool Ping List by DaveLoneRanger handles the homeschool-specific articles. This can occasionally be a fairly high volume list.

You'd think he was buying drugs, for cryin' out loud. Reasons never cease.

38 posted on 03/12/2008 10:33:00 AM PDT by metmom (Welfare was never meant to be a career choice.)
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To: Clintonfatigued

This kid has just received an object lesson in how government regulation interferes with free enterprise.


39 posted on 03/12/2008 10:34:27 AM PDT by fella (Is he al-taquiya or is he murtadd? Only his iman knows for sure.)
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To: Clintonfatigued

Has there ever been a time when chewing gum or trading candy was allowed in school? I recall kids getting sent to the principles office back in the ‘50s and early ‘60s.


40 posted on 03/12/2008 10:40:19 AM PDT by shuckmaster
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To: Clintonfatigued

Welcome to Looney Land !!!!!!!!!!


41 posted on 03/12/2008 10:46:00 AM PDT by editor-surveyor (Turning the general election into a second Democrat primary is not a winning strategy.)
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To: pillut48
not ALL women with hyphenated names have wacky ideas like this! (From someone with a hyphenated last name. :-)

Special FReeper dispensation for you ;-)

42 posted on 03/12/2008 10:46:15 AM PDT by buccaneer81 (Bob Taft has soiled the family name for the next century.)
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To: nmh
"Now buying a bag of Skittles is a CRIME?"

If only he had chosen a condom instead....

43 posted on 03/12/2008 10:47:28 AM PDT by editor-surveyor (Turning the general election into a second Democrat primary is not a winning strategy.)
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To: Clintonfatigued

More Orwellian nonsense going on under the nose of the GOP, which is why I’m abandoning it.


44 posted on 03/12/2008 10:47:56 AM PDT by JoJo Gunn (Help control the RINO population. Have them spayed or neutered. )
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To: NJRighty

:-) Sounds like we’re dealing with a very serious crime here. Good thing this juvenile delinquent was stopped before he starting buying the harder stuff, like Jawbreakers or (gasp!) Rock Candy. (It’s pure sugar, you know.)


45 posted on 03/12/2008 10:48:39 AM PDT by Tired of Taxes (Dad, I will always think of you.)
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To: UCANSEE2
Hi. I’m Catherine Sullivan -(and these severed genitals I hold in my hand are ‘DeCarlo’.)

LOL! You owe me a new keyboard!

46 posted on 03/12/2008 10:50:22 AM PDT by buccaneer81 (Bob Taft has soiled the family name for the next century.)
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To: Clintonfatigued

I’m certain the crime rate will go down a lot now that the school principal is on the case.....what a crock of B.S.!


47 posted on 03/12/2008 10:57:47 AM PDT by geezerwheezer (get up boys, we're burnin' daylight!!!)
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To: editor-surveyor
I know ... guess when you give out condoms for FREE or if you buy them - then that would be OKAY! Certainly not a bag of Skittles!!!! HORRORS!!!
48 posted on 03/12/2008 10:58:40 AM PDT by nmh (Intelligent people recognize Intelligent Design (God).)
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To: shuckmaster

“Has there ever been a time when chewing gum or trading candy was allowed in school? I recall kids getting sent to the principles office back in the ‘50s and early ‘60s.”

You never heard of candy sales in schools for raising money for class trips, etc.? We used to have those once or twice a year.


49 posted on 03/12/2008 10:59:45 AM PDT by Kirkwood
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To: shuckmaster; fieldmarshaldj
Candy and junkfood has been a mainstay at every school I've ever known. The health food craze at schools is a recent phenomenon around here. I'm all for healthy, natural foods, and I think schools shouldn't sell junkfood to kids. But this school is taking things to the extreme. There's no mention that he ate it in class. He's being punished for buying it from another kid at school.

Here's my favorite line in the story:

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

Oh, no, we can't have the kids carrying money now, can we? LOL. This story is so much fun. :-)

50 posted on 03/12/2008 11:05:37 AM PDT by Tired of Taxes (Dad, I will always think of you.)
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