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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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To: null and void

It’s a school. there’s no particular reason to allow students to run a candy store during school hours on school property.

If the kid wants to sell candy door to door, or on the street corner, go right ahead. There’s no particular reason why just because capitalism is good, it means we have to allow it to operate everywhere. Sex is good, but I don’t expect people to be doing it at school.


101 posted on 03/14/2008 9:09:31 AM PDT by CharlesWayneCT
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To: CharlesWayneCT
The funny thing is in another thread I’m arguing against a guy...

Do you want a Medal for arguing both sides of an issue?

You won't get it from me.

102 posted on 03/14/2008 9:22:28 AM PDT by null and void (It's 3 AM, do you know where Hillary is? Does she know where Bill is? Does Bill know what 'is' is?)
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To: null and void

It’s not both sides of the issue. Maybe if you think it is, you could actually explain what you think YOUR side of the issue is in this case, rather than just posting soundbites.

Explain what conservative principles you would use to justify opposing a school system’s decision not to sell candy during school hours. Explain to me using conservative viewpoint why parents should not have the right to send their children to the public school without having to worry about the school allowing those kids to buy candy from other students.


103 posted on 03/14/2008 9:46:01 AM PDT by CharlesWayneCT
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To: CharlesWayneCT

Why is the federal government in the education business in the first place?

There is no Constitutional authority for this.

And it’s not like they are any good at it, either.


104 posted on 03/14/2008 9:55:14 AM PDT by null and void (It's 3 AM, do you know where Hillary is? Does she know where Bill is? Does Bill know what 'is' is?)
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To: null and void

That’s a great question, but kind of off-topic. Although if there shouldn’t be public schools, you certainly shouldn’t be selling candy in them.

:-)

On the other hand, it was a founding father who fought for a public school system. So the idea wasn’t some recently-dreamed up liberal scheme.


105 posted on 03/14/2008 9:59:56 AM PDT by CharlesWayneCT
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To: CharlesWayneCT
No quite off topic.

Federal indoctrination centers impose rules on people who are required to be there.

A more free market solution would allow parents to select a school with rules more in keeping with their own desires, not those of an over-reaching incipient totalitarian regime.

One wouldn't be forced (by a combination of force of law, and theft of the funds that one could otherwise spend freely on alternatives) to send one's children to a school whose main goal is to crush out any budding entrepreneurial spirit or independent thought.

106 posted on 03/14/2008 10:25:04 AM PDT by null and void (It's 3 AM, do you know where Hillary is? Does she know where Bill is? Does Bill know what 'is' is?)
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To: null and void

But there are men and so happiness must come from another ...place. (grin)


107 posted on 03/14/2008 12:29:45 PM PDT by DeLaine
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To: RightField; null and void

Just give me chocolate and no one will get hurt!!!


108 posted on 03/14/2008 12:30:50 PM PDT by DeLaine
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To: null and void

‘git him Nully. Ruff!! Ruff!!!!!


109 posted on 03/14/2008 12:32:39 PM PDT by DeLaine
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To: CharlesWayneCT; null and void

ummm, because with 600 students (for instance) you could have approx 1200 opinions on what to do on different topics????

How about the opinion that I want my child to be able to make a decision to buy or otherwise obtain Skittles without being SUSPENDED. sheesh.


110 posted on 03/14/2008 12:34:30 PM PDT by DeLaine
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To: CharlesWayneCT; null and void

Nonsense, even if there shouldn’t be public schools, it’s still fine that a student sell a bag of candy in a school. Fine with me.
Fine with you Nully??

yup. It’s fine with us.


111 posted on 03/14/2008 12:37:12 PM PDT by DeLaine (I see dumb people. They're everywhere. They don't even know they're dumb.)
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To: Nashvegas

If I were the student or the student’s parent, I’d sue the school into bankruptcy. Of course the ACLU - being the commie Rockefeller assclowns that they are - would not take up the case. Only Jay Sekulow’s ACLU can right this wrong.


112 posted on 03/15/2008 8:32:10 PM PDT by bigdcaldavis ("Screw Kahlifornia. Gimme Kolinahr." - Me)
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To: Emperor Palpatine

I’ve heard you can’t fix stupid, but suing stupid? That’s a new one on me.


113 posted on 03/28/2008 9:26:57 AM PDT by pray4liberty (Watch and pray.)
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To: CharlesWayneCT
The issue isn't just the candy. The issue is over-the-top school administrators who over-reacted and came down with the "zero-tolerance" sledgehammer approach which was unfair and unjustified. The only lesson this kid learned (not to mention the rest of America) is that the school administrators have NO critical thinking ability and no common sense. What are people like this doing in the field of education?

A more appropriate action would have been to just take the bag of candy away (and not return it) and patiently explain the rules, and tell him if he did it again, he would be put in detention.

I understand schools exist to teach appropriate lessons, not to go hog-wild on a kid with their power trips and heavy-handed, "I'll make an example out of you" punishment. They truly deserve being exposed and ridiculed for the stupid dolts they are.

114 posted on 03/28/2008 9:41:25 AM PDT by pray4liberty (Watch and pray.)
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To: pray4liberty
"What are people like this doing in the field of education?"


All those cowardly Marxist college kids who used their deferments during Vietnam didn't have the brains or the ideology to go into some useful field like engineering. So instead they went into education.

Now these people are the administrators of school systems and their own views color everything from curriculum to discipline. Zero-tolerance policies are just one of the failed ideas that have ruined education in the last 40 years or so. These are the same people who've given us outcome-based education, the drugging of boys just because they act like boys with their phony diagnoses of non-existent alphabet-soup "illnesses", and the banning of "violent", "competitive", and "this fosters bullying" sports like dodgeball.

They're in the field of education because they couldn't cut it anywhere else.
115 posted on 03/28/2008 10:31:05 AM PDT by Emperor Palpatine ("There is no civility, only politics.")
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To: xsmommy; neoconservative

Heh... skittles!


116 posted on 03/28/2008 10:32:53 AM PDT by RikaStrom (The number one rule of the Kama Sutra is that you both be on the same page.../Exeter 051705)
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