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Student suspended for Skittles cleared.
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Posted on 03/13/2008 8:17:19 AM PDT by Nashvegas

NEW HAVEN, Connecticut (AP) -- School officials have decided to go light on an eighth-grader caught with contraband candy in New Haven, Connecticut. art.skittles.suspension.wfsb.jpg

Michael Sheridan originally was suspended and loss his class vice president post after buying a bag of candy.

Michael Sheridan, an eighth-grade honors student who was suspended for a day, barred from attending an honors dinner and stripped of his title as class vice president after he was caught with a bag of Skittles candy in school will get his student council post back, school officials said.

Superintendent Reginald Mayo said in a statement late Wednesday that he and principal Eleanor Turner met with student Michael's parents and that Turner decided to clear the boy's record and restore him to his student council post.

Michael was disciplined after he was caught buying a bag of Skittles from a classmate. The classmate's suspension also will be expunged, school officials said. Video Watch boy explain case »

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

"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." advertisement

Turner said she should have reinforced in writing the verbal warnings against candy transactions.

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

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1 posted on 03/13/2008 8:17:19 AM PDT by Nashvegas
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To: Nashvegas

OUR LONG NATIONAL NIGHTMARE IS OVER!


2 posted on 03/13/2008 8:18:21 AM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: holdonnow

ping a ling


3 posted on 03/13/2008 8:18:40 AM PDT by TornadoAlley3 (Everytime McCain reaches out to conservatives, conservatives get poked in the eye.)
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To: Nashvegas

I am surprised they didn’t summarily execute the kid! After all, they have to clamp down on those over-achievers. They hurt the self-esteem of the goof-offs!


4 posted on 03/13/2008 8:19:38 AM PDT by Redleg Duke ("All gave some, and some gave all!")
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To: martin_fierro

Can’t we all just get along and move on?...............


5 posted on 03/13/2008 8:22:13 AM PDT by Red Badger ( We don't have science, but we do have consensus.......)
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To: Redleg Duke
Michael had said that he didn't realize his candy purchase was against the rules, but he did notice that the student selling the Skittles on February 26 was being secretive.

He ought to realize that school is really a prison. Same kind of environment, same kind of rules.

6 posted on 03/13/2008 8:22:30 AM PDT by thulldud (Insanity: Electing John McCain again and expecting a different result.)
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To: Red Badger

When Skittles are outlawed....only outlaws will have Skittles.


7 posted on 03/13/2008 8:23:38 AM PDT by rickomatic
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To: martin_fierro

LOL!


8 posted on 03/13/2008 8:24:24 AM PDT by Tanniker Smith (I kid because I love . . . and I loved and now have kids.)
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To: Nashvegas

I wonder if they’re going to go after the pushers, going after the suppliers of big candy now.


9 posted on 03/13/2008 8:24:46 AM PDT by mainerforglobalwarming
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To: Nashvegas
The New Haven school system banned candy sales in 2003 as part of a districtwide school wellness policy, school spokeswoman Catherine Sullivan-DeCarlo said.

1) Wellness. Watch for that word, folks. It's a sure sign of PC run amok. Normal people would say "health". When somebody says "wellness" they are most likely a nanny-state fascist.

2) Does anybody else here wonder at the fact that we have spokesholes for a local school district now? They probably have a superintendent making between 500k and a mil, and he's not competent to talk to the media?

10 posted on 03/13/2008 8:24:55 AM PDT by lesser_satan
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To: Nashvegas

The insane are running the asylums. They are called principals.


11 posted on 03/13/2008 8:25:04 AM PDT by kittymyrib
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To: Nashvegas

Skittles rule. So does peanut butter. If I could I would live off of Skittles Peanut Butter and Sex. All I need!!


12 posted on 03/13/2008 8:25:56 AM PDT by JackDanielsOldNo7 (On guard until the seal is broken)
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To: Nashvegas
Student suspended for Skittles cleared
Those dirty rats - I knew they'd see it my way.

13 posted on 03/13/2008 8:26:07 AM PDT by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: Nashvegas

The people need to give the educational institutions and good personnel enema. The people they put into these positions are frigging morons.


14 posted on 03/13/2008 8:26:08 AM PDT by Americanexpat
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To: martin_fierro
Waxman needs to call for an investigation!!!!!
15 posted on 03/13/2008 8:26:54 AM PDT by tiredoflaundry (Skittles are the enemy!..........)
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To: rickomatic

I wonder, if you bring your OWN lunch, and have some candy as a part of it, are you still liable for suspension? THAT would anger me greatly..........


16 posted on 03/13/2008 8:26:56 AM PDT by Red Badger ( We don't have science, but we do have consensus.......)
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To: Nashvegas
I can't believe they let this kid off. Skittles is just an entry level candy. By the time this kid is 20 he'll be free basing Ju Ju Beans.

And what has the educational system come to when they give up on the 24/7 monitoring of every child's caloric intake?

I wouldn't be surprised if there are kids popping TicTacs in the boys restroom!

17 posted on 03/13/2008 8:27:24 AM PDT by SampleMan (We are a free and industrious people, socialist nannies do not become us.)
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To: Nashvegas
Skittles is a well-known gateway candy. Next thing you know, they're stuffing their faces with Snickers and maybe even something truly insidious like a 100 Grand bar.

So when are the schools going to be given search warrant power to make sure the little kiddies' homes aren't stocked with Cap'n Crunch and Cocoa Krispies? I'm so glad that there is a "wellness policy" to dictate what's good for kids. God forbid the parents actually decide that.

18 posted on 03/13/2008 8:27:27 AM PDT by King of Florida (A little government and a little luck are necessary in life, but only a fool trusts either of them.)
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To: Nashvegas
I wonder if Michael Sheridan's reversal of fortune at the Sheridan Middle School had anything to do with ... oh, I don't know ... say, his last name. Just curious.

(I also noticed that the school's name wasn't mentioned at all in this piece, which seems odd. It was, however, mentioned in yesterday's news story and that did not escape my attention!)

19 posted on 03/13/2008 8:27:36 AM PDT by Tanniker Smith (I kid because I love . . . and I loved and now have kids.)
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To: rickomatic
The New Haven school system banned candy sales in 2003 as part of a districtwide school wellness policy, school spokeswoman Catherine Sullivan-DeCarlo said.

Banning skittles is crazy talk. Isn't mental health an important aspect of "wellness" Threatening to ruin a young leaders school record over a bag of candy can't be part of any "wellness" program either.

I just can not stand the state of lunacy the world seems to be trapped in these days. I can't imagine how much worse it will be if the dems win the election. Strange days.

20 posted on 03/13/2008 8:28:16 AM PDT by catbertz
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21 posted on 03/13/2008 8:28:32 AM PDT by metmom (Welfare was never meant to be a career choice.)
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To: Nashvegas

Nation of cowards. We are afraid of a kid with candy and will ruin his hard earned efforts for it.


22 posted on 03/13/2008 8:29:41 AM PDT by CodeToad
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To: SampleMan

3 seconds! But points to me for the gateway term.


23 posted on 03/13/2008 8:29:59 AM PDT by King of Florida (A little government and a little luck are necessary in life, but only a fool trusts either of them.)
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To: Redleg Duke
I am surprised they didn’t summarily execute the kid!

In the era of kinder, gentler jackboots they don't execute miscreants, they taser them.

24 posted on 03/13/2008 8:31:21 AM PDT by Squawk 8888 (Is human activity causing the warming trend on Mars?)
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To: Nashvegas

New rule. You can sell Skittles as long as you kick-up to the bosses


25 posted on 03/13/2008 8:31:47 AM PDT by wilco200
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To: King of Florida
So when are the schools going to be given search warrant power to make sure the little kiddies' homes aren't stocked with Cap'n Crunch and Cocoa Krispies?

First they came for the parents' cigarettes...

26 posted on 03/13/2008 8:31:56 AM PDT by nina0113 (If fences don't work, why does the White House have one?)
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To: Nashvegas

Mark Levin devoted almost all of his two-hour show yesterday to this travesty and presented one of his classic rants against the school and the “adults” running it. Go here to hear it:
http://www.marklevinshow.com/


27 posted on 03/13/2008 8:32:03 AM PDT by CedarDave (John, When will you treat conservatives the way you do fellow senators John, Hillary and Barack?)
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To: Nashvegas

The people need to give the educational institutions and good personnel enema. The people they put into these positions are frigging morons.


28 posted on 03/13/2008 8:32:19 AM PDT by Americanexpat
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To: Nashvegas
It's a little late for that... the school administrators should resign... (especially since they're all anal retentive liberal democrats... wink )

suspension from school, barred from the honors dinner... extreme... excommunicate the perps !!!!

29 posted on 03/13/2008 8:32:32 AM PDT by xtinct (I was the next door neighbor kid's imaginary friend.)
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To: Nashvegas

OK, if anything deserves a big WTF, this is it.

The idiots in charge should be asking themselves how “healthy” and “well” it is to consider a bag of candy to be “contraband” and to suspend students and strip them of any Associated Student Body titles because of a freakin’ package of Skittles!!

They should also each be subjected to a month-long watch over their OWN diets, including body fat and cardio tests. Hey, you can’t be preaching “wellness” to the kids without being an example of “wellness” your own stupid self, now, can you? Suck in that belly!


30 posted on 03/13/2008 8:32:46 AM PDT by RepublitarianRoger2
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To: Nashvegas

What, is New Haven like the kookiest town in the world?

a) free debit cards for illegal invaders
b) help us! we have crime by illegal invaders!
c) we’re going to get that kid with those Skittles!

it’s a TV sitcom, right?


31 posted on 03/13/2008 8:32:50 AM PDT by F15Eagle (1 John 5:4-5, 1 John 4:15, John 11:25, John 14:6, 1 Tim 2:5, John 3:17-18, John 20:31, 1 John 5:13)
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To: King of Florida

Great minds. I’ll give you the points.

Where in Fl are you?


32 posted on 03/13/2008 8:33:52 AM PDT by SampleMan (We are a free and industrious people, socialist nannies do not become us.)
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To: King of Florida

This just goes to prove that our nation has completely lost its way - going nuts over CANDY! Atleast when I was in high school they worried over the things like drug overdoses and smoking in the bathrooms!


33 posted on 03/13/2008 8:34:10 AM PDT by princess leah
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To: Nashvegas

And this WASN’T in The Onion!

Truth is stranger than fiction.

I’ve got a shoe hanging for a story about an ATF team breaking up a clandestine meeting of 6-year-olds playing with GI Joes.


34 posted on 03/13/2008 8:34:12 AM PDT by BradyLS (DO NOT FEED THE BEARS!)
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To: Nashvegas

I’m going to take a partial contrarian view.

In 2003, the school decided not to offer candy for sale. This empowers PARENTS who don’t want their children eating too much candy. If parent wanted to allow their kids to have candy during school, the kids WERE allowed to bring their own candy to school.

However, they weren’t allowed to SELL the candy to other students, since that would again take away the power of parents to control what the kids ate.

THE ACTIONS they took against the child were excessive, but I don’t think the POLICY is inappropriate. School exists to teach children, not to provide them a candy store.

Of course, when I went to school we didn’t have ANY vending machines, and the cafeteria served only cafeteria food, not candy and snacks and sodas.


35 posted on 03/13/2008 8:35:52 AM PDT by CharlesWayneCT
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To: Nashvegas

OK.......how about a sitcom starring a republican, conservative family who moves to New Haven. Their neighbors are all raging libs, who they must tolerate....use every stereotypical lib you can imagine with all their loony causes........mmm, has that been done already? Anyway, the family has this silly PC stuff happening around them and they keep thinking is there anyone with some common sense around here?


36 posted on 03/13/2008 8:36:56 AM PDT by tioga (Beware: conservative with back to the wall. Proceed with extreme caution.)
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To: Nashvegas

What they are instilling in this generation is a general contempt and disrespect for authority. Once one hits the point of ... no matter what you do you are a criminal ... you might as well be one


37 posted on 03/13/2008 8:37:00 AM PDT by clamper1797 (Never ascribe to malice that which is adequately explained by incompetence)
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To: Nashvegas
Candy has been banned at this school since 2003. 5 years now, candy has been banned. This kid was in 3rd grade when candy was banned at his school.

He's an honors student and class vice president, so we know he's not dumb, yet he now claims he didn't know candy was banned. Worse, the principal apologized for not being clearer!

Yes. The inmates are running the asylum.

38 posted on 03/13/2008 8:37:58 AM PDT by robertpaulsen
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To: SampleMan

South — living/working the SW Broward/Miami axis. Whereabouts are you?


39 posted on 03/13/2008 8:38:56 AM PDT by King of Florida (A little government and a little luck are necessary in life, but only a fool trusts either of them.)
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To: princess leah
When I was in high school, we were allowed to smoke on the side lawn.

I feel really bad for today's kids -- including my own -- because they will miss all of the freedom I had when I grew up.

40 posted on 03/13/2008 8:41:19 AM PDT by King of Florida (A little government and a little luck are necessary in life, but only a fool trusts either of them.)
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To: Nashvegas

The Interim administrators apparently have been feeling the pressure.

FoxNews reported on the Skittles scandal this morning.


41 posted on 03/13/2008 8:41:55 AM PDT by TomGuy
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To: Nashvegas
The best disinfectant is sunlight. Notice how these union-educrat cockroaches scurry for the baseboards when their left-wing lunacy is exposed.
42 posted on 03/13/2008 8:42:09 AM PDT by quark
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To: King of Florida

Jacksonville


43 posted on 03/13/2008 8:42:35 AM PDT by SampleMan (We are a free and industrious people, socialist nannies do not become us.)
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To: wilco200
"and principal Eleanor Turner"

"Eleanor. I meant no disrespect. Of course I got your piece. I been meanin' to give it to you. My apologies."

44 posted on 03/13/2008 8:44:56 AM PDT by robertpaulsen
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To: SampleMan

Flags aren’t usually raised until the kids start mainlining Good N Plenty. LOL!


45 posted on 03/13/2008 8:46:42 AM PDT by carton253 (And if that time does come, then draw your swords and throw away the scabbards.)
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To: Nashvegas

They let this menace to society off the hook? He had SKITTLES! That’s how it starts. Next thing you know he will move on to chocolate. Better keep an eye on that one.


46 posted on 03/13/2008 8:50:10 AM PDT by Sue Perkick (And I hope that what I’ve done here today doesn’t force you to have a negative opinion of me….)
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To: Nashvegas

ANY state that over-regulates people eventually gets the same result - Random enforcement of ridiculous rules at one extreme (as we see with the skittles), with brazen disregard of basic laws and a lack of even plain human decency on the other side. Perfect examples are the totalitarian states of Communist Russia and China (both of which I have lived in). A person may be fined heavily for spitting, or riding one’s bike the wrong way, but at the same time, corruption is rife from top to bottom, and society is plagued with criminal gangs, drugs, pollution. Nothing is legal, but everything is allowed. To many rules means only the petty ones are enforced.


47 posted on 03/13/2008 8:51:13 AM PDT by PGR88
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To: King of Florida

Exactly! It’s for their own good.


48 posted on 03/13/2008 8:52:14 AM PDT by Sue Perkick (And I hope that what I’ve done here today doesn’t force you to have a negative opinion of me….)
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To: Nashvegas

Who eats Skittles?


49 posted on 03/13/2008 8:54:39 AM PDT by nuconvert (There are bad people in the pistachio business.)
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To: martin_fierro

Between this and Mary Ann it wasn’t safe to walk the streets.


50 posted on 03/13/2008 8:55:39 AM PDT by avg_freeper (Gunga galunga. Gunga, gunga galunga)
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