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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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To: Clintonfatigued

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!


51 posted on 03/12/2008 11:06:07 AM PDT by latina4dubya
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To: Kirkwood

Haven’t you heard. SCHOOL POLICY IS LAW.
/sarc


52 posted on 03/12/2008 12:49:49 PM PDT by George from New England
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To: USMCPOP

“... Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor? Hell, no! ...”

Was that mistake in the movie script ?

Germans/Japs


53 posted on 03/12/2008 12:53:40 PM PDT by George from New England
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To: Tired of Taxes

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...).


54 posted on 03/12/2008 1:05:33 PM PDT by LibertyRocks (Liberty Rocks Blog has a new home -- http://www.LibertyRocks.us)
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To: LibertyRocks

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!


55 posted on 03/12/2008 1:51:21 PM PDT by Tired of Taxes (Dad, I will always think of you.)
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To: Emperor Palpatine
This Yvonne?


56 posted on 03/12/2008 2:08:49 PM PDT by free_for_now (No Dick Dale in the R&R HOF? - for shame!)
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To: George from New England

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!
Otter: Germans?
Boon: Forget it, he’s rolling.
Bluto: And it ain’t over now. ‘Cause when the goin’ gets tough...
[thinks hard]
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.


57 posted on 03/12/2008 2:17:01 PM PDT by free_for_now (No Dick Dale in the R&R HOF? - for shame!)
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To: DemforBush
He should have limited his purchases to school-approved items. You know, like condoms.

Dont be silly.

Schools give out condoms for free.

;-)

58 posted on 03/12/2008 2:33:53 PM PDT by lowbridge ("I can't wait to see what he stands for." - Susan Sarandon on her support of Barack Obama)
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To: fieldmarshaldj

What kind of Nazi school was this?


59 posted on 03/12/2008 2:36:18 PM PDT by darkangel82 (If you're not part of the solution, you are part of the problem. (Say no to RINOs))
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To: JoJo Gunn

CT has no GOP.


60 posted on 03/12/2008 2:37:08 PM PDT by darkangel82 (If you're not part of the solution, you are part of the problem. (Say no to RINOs))
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To: Tired of Taxes
Aside from the nutrition issue, Sullivan-DeCarlo said, students create security problems when they carry money.

^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

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.

61 posted on 03/12/2008 3:05:22 PM PDT by wintertime (Good ideas win! Why? Because people are not stupid.)
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To: Kirkwood
In my Catholic school in the 50s candy was sold by the school at every recess!
62 posted on 03/12/2008 3:06:19 PM PDT by wintertime (Good ideas win! Why? Because people are not stupid.)
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To: pillut48

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!


63 posted on 03/12/2008 4:08:58 PM PDT by LibertyRocks (Liberty Rocks Blog has a new home -- http://www.LibertyRocks.us)
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To: wintertime

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)...


64 posted on 03/12/2008 4:12:24 PM PDT by LibertyRocks (Liberty Rocks Blog has a new home -- http://www.LibertyRocks.us)
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To: DemforBush
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.
65 posted on 03/12/2008 5:24:39 PM PDT by BlackElk (Dean of Discipline of the Tomas de Torquemada Gentlemen's Club)
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To: nmh

See #65


66 posted on 03/12/2008 5:29:00 PM PDT by BlackElk (Dean of Discipline of the Tomas de Torquemada Gentlemen's Club)
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To: Clintonfatigued
Bringing in bananas for sex ed. lab work, encouraged.

Possessing candy bars? Prohibited and severely punished.

A large percentage of the country has gone completely insane.

67 posted on 03/12/2008 5:35:52 PM PDT by Mr. Mojo
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To: Clintonfatigued; Abathar; Abcdefg; Abram; Abundy; akatel; albertp; AlexandriaDuke; ...




Libertarian ping! To be added or removed from my ping list freepmail me or post a message here.
68 posted on 03/12/2008 6:09:24 PM PDT by traviskicks (http://www.neoperspectives.com/Ron_Paul_2008.htm)
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To: Clintonfatigued

69 posted on 03/12/2008 6:40:46 PM PDT by Iron Munro (Suppose you were an idiot, and suppose you were a member of Congress; but I repeat myself.)
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To: Tired of Taxes

I was thinking the same thing. Kid deserved it — Skittles are a gateway confection.


70 posted on 03/12/2008 7:22:34 PM PDT by ellery (In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock -T. Jefferson)
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To: wintertime

” 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 .


71 posted on 03/12/2008 7:54:53 PM PDT by sushiman
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To: shuckmaster

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.


72 posted on 03/12/2008 8:02:10 PM PDT by ktscarlett66 (Face it girls....I'm older and I have more insurance....)
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To: wintertime
I should know, I was in charge of selling it. The 8th grade kids sold it in the play yard, and Sister Margaret Aloysius appointed me “candy seller”.
73 posted on 03/12/2008 8:03:35 PM PDT by wintertime (Good ideas win! Why? Because people are not stupid.)
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To: Clintonfatigued; pillut48; nmh; utherdoul; DemforBush; Kirkwood; buccaneer81; Emperor Palpatine; ...
More details on how the whole deal went down and these juvenile delinquents were busted... ;-)

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.

From this article.

Having done time in high school in the dazed-and-confused late 70's, I'm finding this story particularly hilarious.

74 posted on 03/12/2008 8:23:39 PM PDT by Tired of Taxes (Dad, I will always think of you.)
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To: Tired of Taxes

Well, that settles it. Life in prison for them. /sarc


75 posted on 03/12/2008 8:26:34 PM PDT by darkangel82 (If you're not part of the solution, you are part of the problem. (Say no to RINOs))
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To: nmh
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?

Exactly. It's probably no crime to sell condoms at school.

76 posted on 03/12/2008 8:30:29 PM PDT by murphE (I refuse to choose evil, even if it is the lesser of two.)
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To: Tired of Taxes

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.


77 posted on 03/12/2008 8:41:16 PM PDT by metmom (Welfare was never meant to be a career choice.)
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To: murphE

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.


78 posted on 03/12/2008 8:42:05 PM PDT by nmh (Intelligent people recognize Intelligent Design (God).)
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To: Tired of Taxes

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.


79 posted on 03/12/2008 8:42:46 PM PDT by metmom (Welfare was never meant to be a career choice.)
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To: BlackElk

GEESH!

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.


80 posted on 03/12/2008 8:44:20 PM PDT by nmh (Intelligent people recognize Intelligent Design (God).)
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To: darkangel82

Apparently the rest of the United States doesn’t either.


81 posted on 03/12/2008 11:02:49 PM PDT by JoJo Gunn (Help control the RINO population. Have them spayed or neutered. )
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To: Tired of Taxes

Wow, a black market for candy in the McSkools, courtesy of the Zero Tolerance “adults”. Who would have thought such possible?


82 posted on 03/12/2008 11:05:19 PM PDT by JoJo Gunn (Help control the RINO population. Have them spayed or neutered. )
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To: Tired of Taxes; All

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. :)


83 posted on 03/12/2008 11:21:53 PM PDT by traviskicks (http://www.neoperspectives.com/Ron_Paul_2008.htm)
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To: darkangel82
What kind of Nazi school was this?

Heinrich Himmler High School.

84 posted on 03/12/2008 11:24:39 PM PDT by dfwgator (11+7+15=3 Heismans)
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To: Clintonfatigued; All

Update:
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.


85 posted on 03/13/2008 5:53:54 AM PDT by kidd
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To: sushiman

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...;-)


86 posted on 03/13/2008 6:11:27 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

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::


87 posted on 03/13/2008 6:13:31 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: kidd

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? ;-)


88 posted on 03/13/2008 6:14:49 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: xsmommy; Dan from Michigan; NeoCaveman
contraband SKITTLES? xs, you weren't suspended were ya?
89 posted on 03/13/2008 6:15:32 AM PDT by tioga (Beware: conservative with back to the wall. Proceed with extreme caution.)
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To: Tired of Taxes
Having done time in high school in the dazed-and-confused late 70's, I'm finding this story particularly hilarious.
Hilarious and insane:
"He said she [Sheridan Middle School principal Eleanor Turner ] warned students
repeatedly after the school experienced a rash of candy sales in the fall."

A rash I tell you, a rash!
90 posted on 03/13/2008 6:33:16 AM PDT by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: kidd
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.

The cockroaches scatter when you turn on the light.

Let's keep it blazing.

91 posted on 03/13/2008 6:35:05 AM PDT by thulldud (Insanity: Electing John McCain again and expecting a different result.)
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To: Clintonfatigued
source: http://www.courant.com/news/local/hc-13013038.apds.m0965.bc-ct--skitmar13,0,3151442.story

School Rethinks Discipline On Candy Suspension

Associated Press
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.

92 posted on 03/13/2008 10:33:38 AM PDT by kidd
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To: kidd

Well thank goodness. That means you can still pack a cupcake in a lunchbag! Wonder when that will be banned?


93 posted on 03/13/2008 3:29:55 PM PDT by ktscarlett66 (Face it girls....I'm older and I have more insurance....)
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To: American Quilter
This could actually affect the student’s chance of being accepted by a competitive college.

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.

94 posted on 03/13/2008 4:50:16 PM PDT by LurkedLongEnough (Music washes away the dust of every day life. ---Art Blakey)
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To: traviskicks
I learned what public schools were all about in the First Grade. It’s not about education but it’s all about “conformity”.

We were learning to read using the “phonics” method and were give a hand out with words with the vowel “a” and told to indicate whether the vowel sound was “short” or “long; “Cat” being “short” and “Apple” being “long”. Then we were told to color the pictures above the words.

I got all the vowel sounds correct and colored all the pictures except for one. The word was “water” and the picture was of a glass half full.

I sort of knew that I was probably expected to color the liquid in the glass “blue”, but then I started to think it might be a trick question.

My dad was really into science and earth sciences and the space program and we spent much time together watching science programs on TV, the Moon landings and reading National Geographic together and such.

So I made the decision to follow my gut and my understanding of (even as a 6 year old) the nature of drinking water and to leave the picture of the glass uncolored and turned it in.

The teacher looked it over and immediately handed it back saying it was incomplete!

I very politely and very respectfully (as my parents had always taught me to be very polite and respectful to my elders) explained to my teacher that I had purposely left the picture of the water uncolored because water in its purest state is colorless. And I went on further to explain that while water might appear blue or blue-green that’s because of algae and light refraction and that the water in our commode was blue, but then we didn’t drink that.

So what happened? I was berated and belittled by this teacher in front of the entire class and told I was “stupid and insolent”. When the rest of the class got to go out for recess, I was kept in as a punishment. I took my punishment and bravely held back my tears.

But when I got home, I was crying and told my father what had happened. And he, a very wise man with less than an high school education, responded thusly; “You leaned a very important lesson today. You learned that just because a person is in a position of “authority”, that doesn’t necessarily mean they have any real knowledge or that they are always right. You also learned that just because you have the correct answer, that doesn’t mean you will be rewarded for it and in fact sometimes, you will actually be punished for being right”.

Then my father gently wiped away my tears and told me to never back down from what believe in and what I know is right regardless of the consequences.

So in the First Grade I learned pretty much everything I ever need to know about life and probably explains why I am so much an anti-authoritarian and conservative leaning libertarian.
95 posted on 03/13/2008 6:58:08 PM PDT by Caramelgal (Rely on the spirit and meaning of the teachings, not on the words or superficial interpretations)
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To: nmh

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.


96 posted on 03/13/2008 7:06:39 PM PDT by BlackElk (Dean of Discipline of the Tomas de Torquemada Gentlemen's Club)
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To: Caramelgal

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. :)


97 posted on 03/13/2008 9:01:06 PM PDT by traviskicks (http://www.neoperspectives.com/Ron_Paul_2008.htm)
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To: fieldmarshaldj
Our #1 contraband back in the mid ‘80s was dealing in “Now and Later’s” and cinnamon-dipped toothpicks. Why we thought of those as delicacies, I have no idea...

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.

98 posted on 03/14/2008 8:12:27 PM PDT by NewRomeTacitus (Not ignoring folks - been super busy)
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To: Vaquero

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


99 posted on 03/15/2008 8:35:57 PM PDT by bigdcaldavis ("Screw Kahlifornia. Gimme Kolinahr." - Me)
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To: bigdcaldavis

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....


100 posted on 03/16/2008 5:53:03 AM PDT by Vaquero (" an armed society is a polite society" Heinlein "MOLON LABE!" Leonidas of Sparta)
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