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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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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.
Do you want a Medal for arguing both sides of an issue?
You won't get it from me.
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.
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.
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.
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.
But there are men and so happiness must come from another ...place. (grin)
Just give me chocolate and no one will get hurt!!!
‘git him Nully. Ruff!! Ruff!!!!!
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.
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.
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.
I’ve heard you can’t fix stupid, but suing stupid? That’s a new one on me.
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.