Skip to comments.Conn. Student Suspended For Buying Candy In School
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.
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if i were this kid, i would use this to my advantage... when he’s ready to apply to colleges, he could apply to a really good conservative college, write an essay about this incident and include it in his portfolio... i think it’s great!
Haven’t you heard. SCHOOL POLICY IS LAW.
“... Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor? Hell, no! ...”
Was that mistake in the movie script ?
The security problem is when kids have NO money at all and are stuck somewhere with no way to call home! (Oh, I forgot, they have cell phones nowadays, but still...).
I remember the old days, too, when as kids we were told to always carry a quarter for an emergency phone call. Now kids can’t have money, I guess, or they might (gasp!) buy candy. Oh, the horror of it all!
Bluto:Over? Did you say “over”? Nothing is over until we decide it is! Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor? Hell no!
Boon: Forget it, he’s rolling.
Bluto: And it ain’t over now. ‘Cause when the goin’ gets tough...
Bluto: the tough get goin’! Who’s with me? Let’s go!
[runs out, alone; then returns]
Ah, one of my favorite scenes in all of movie history.
Hope that answers your question.
Dont be silly.
Schools give out condoms for free.
What kind of Nazi school was this?
CT has no GOP.
Security problems? Hm? Like bullies shaking down students for their lunch money? The truth is this principal does not have the bullies under control!
Also, I bet this 8th grade honor student is white. I also bet that the principal needs to punish this kid so that it can even out the minority punishments.
Yep, thank the Lord is wasn’t a Snickers bar — or, worse a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup!!! He probably would’ve been arrested and charged with possession of a deadly weapon!
We had vending machines in our high school that sold all manner of chips and snacks - including lifesavers and Little Debbie Peanut Butter Bars (I graduated in 1990). I think that machine literally probably kept some of us from starving during our extracurricular activities (which would last until 9 p.m. for some of us - at least during our dance concert season, and we weren’t exactly fat and unhealthy)...
Possessing candy bars? Prohibited and severely punished.
A large percentage of the country has gone completely insane.
I was thinking the same thing. Kid deserved it — Skittles are a gateway confection.
” In my Catholic school in the 50s candy was sold by the school at every recess!”
Really ? Not at mine , and we were not allowed to bring any to school either . Kids can eat all the crap they want when they get home ; no need to take the junk to school .
When I was in high school (graduated 1984), the school store sold gum and candy. It was open before classes, during break and lunches, sold things like notebooks, school bookcovers, pens and pencils, school banners & Tshirts. And they had a counter where you could get Bubblicious, Lifesavers and a few other goodies. It was run by the Student Government Assc.
Some of the groups in school sold candy bars, they were $1 but twice the size of a regular candy bar that sold for .50. I remember the Business Club, Band and FHA selling them openly. Both situations were school sanctioned.
Michael Sheridan claims he was in a school hallway after lunch Feb. 26 when a classmate asked if he wanted some candy. The student had a lunch box filled with candy and a wad of money, he said.
While Michael said he was unaware the sale was against school policy, he admitted the student selling it was being secretive. When a school administrator noticed the transaction, Michael said the student threw the candy. He said he pocketed the Skittles, still not sure anything was wrong.
Michael said the administrator asked to see the contents of his pockets. At that moment, Michael said he realized he was in trouble.
Having done time in high school in the dazed-and-confused late 70's, I'm finding this story particularly hilarious.
Well, that settles it. Life in prison for them. /sarc
Exactly. It's probably no crime to sell condoms at school.
In our district, the Art club sells donuts after school on a regular basis.
Course, this is the district that has Christmas presentations, the teachers carry pocket knives, some teachers and students are rumored to have guns in their vehicles on school property, some teachers have been known to have firecrackers on school grounds, and lit them.
None of this kind of idiocy here.
I guess small and rural is still best.
Heck they might even cheer the kids if they shared them - you know ... having safe sex ... sharing them with others that are unprepared as they all attend the orgy with the teacher. It’s sick out there.
You’d think the principal had bigger fish to fry, like figuring out why kids aren’t getting educated or what to do about incompetent teachers.
I was being sarcastic.
“The New Haven Board of Education approved free distribution of condoms to all students fifth grade and up who want them. No purchase necessary by the students.”
It’s getting sicker out there.
Apparently the rest of the United States doesn’t either.
Wow, a black market for candy in the McSkools, courtesy of the Zero Tolerance “adults”. Who would have thought such possible?
Anyone read any of the ‘great brain’ series (book for kids). This reminds me of JD and the candy store in the missionary school or whatnot. :)
Heinrich Himmler High School.
Heard on the radio this morning (WTIC) that the school board has eliminated all of the punishments, and none of this will go on his record.
I worked in public schools until 1998, and we *constantly* had candy fundraisers, bake sales, etc. to pay for things around the school...of course, it was a VERY big district that a lot of times didn’t seem to care very much what happened to the kids, but still...;-)
Good grief, sounds like a drug sale gone bad, for goodness’ sakes!
It was SKITTLES! Puleeze!!!
I miss teaching, but not this kind of crap. ::rolls eyeballs dangerously backwards close to upper spine::
If true, that’s great!
Did they also mention that all the so-called ‘adults’ involved will be resigning later today after a dramatic drive to the main district office in a black SUV? ;-)
The cockroaches scatter when you turn on the light.
Let's keep it blazing.
School Rethinks Discipline On Candy Suspension
March 13, 2008
NEW HAVEN - A New Haven middle school honors student, suspended for buying candy from a classmate, will have the discipline expunged from his record, the superintendent of schools said Wednesday night.
Michael Sheridan also 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 last month from a classmate.
The New Haven school system banned candy sales in 2003 as part of a districtwide school wellness policy, school spokeswoman Catherine Sullivan-DeCarlo said.
But Superintendent Reginald Mayo said in a statement Wednesday evening that he and principal Eleanor Turner met with Sheridan's parents and Turner decided to clear the boy's record and restore him to his post as student council vice president.
"I am sorry this has happened," Turner said in a statement. "My hope is that we can get back to the normal school routine, especially since we are in the middle of taking the Connecticut mastery test."
Turner said she should have reinforced in writing the verbal warnings against candy transactions.
Shelli Sheridan, Michael's mother, told the New Haven Register that her son had no previous disciplinary problems.
"It's too much. It's too unfair," she said. "He's never even had a detention."
Michael Sheridan said he didn't realize his candy purchase was against the rules, but he noticed 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 also was suspended. School officials say his suspension also will be expunged.
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.
Well thank goodness. That means you can still pack a cupcake in a lunchbag! Wonder when that will be banned?
Many competitive colleges look for nonconformity and unconventionality.
If I were his parent, I'd urge him and a few buddies / parents to challenge his school administration to debate this silly policy publicly.
The decision of the New Haven School Board to distribute condoms (with or without parental permission) to fifth graders drew a rare organized religious response organized by Catholic Auxiliary Bishop Peter Rosazza (a verrrry liberal bishop BTW) who recruited many non-Catholic clergy to keep the hearings going for weeks. Bishop Rosazza told the school board members that their (proposed and then enacted) policy proved that the school board regarded the children as nothing more than meat without souls; that the school board’s priority was to keep the kids out of people’s faces and out of people’s hair for an extra several hours per day since the kids would still want some privacy during sex; and that such attitudes might well have lked to the pathetic academic performance of New Haven public schools.
distrust of authority and independent thought is the path to all good things, IMO. I recall some simliar such story in my own childhood, I think I called a ‘lizard’ an ‘iguana’ and got it wrong or some such thing.
I’m not a fan of public schools, despite being a product of them, I’d like to do some form of private/homeschool mix or something with my (future) kids someday. :)
Cinnamon toothpicks are always great. Got to tell you that we of Tennessee Preparatory School were a stoic bunch that took those paddlings as the price of doing business. Corporal punishment was laughable to the majority of kids who ended up there...often for the sins of parents who dished out far worse.
TIS/TPS was more a blessing than a curse or now-perceived embarrassment to a "politically correct" regime that allows continued abuse for the sake of the idea that those kids are "always better off in a family situation". Homilies do not replace or appease real situations that call for a refuge from abuse.
And you forgot to mention the pre-crack era attraction of Pixie Stix. Sugar burst right to the brain.
Careful about calling them Nazis, dude. Since CSPI’s executive director is Jewish, the left-wing media wouldn’t hesitate in calling you an anti-Semite. :-p
I would also call the ACLU nazis...but I dont suspect any of them are jewish(sarc).
hey they can call me anything they want....