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Conn. Student Suspended For Buying Candy In School
« on: March 12, 2008, 10:22:35 AM »

http://wcbstv.com/topstories/Connecticut.skittles.suspension.2.675314.html
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Conn. Student Suspended For Buying Candy In School
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) ― 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.

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 was also suspended.

Sullivan-DeCarlo said Sheridan Middle School principal Eleanor Turner repeatedly warned students that she did not want candy to be sold or money to change hands during school. Turner referred all questions to Sullivan-DeCarlo.

Aside from the nutrition issue, Sullivan-DeCarlo said, students create security problems when they carry money.

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.

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Re: Conn. Student Suspended For Buying Candy In School
« Reply #1 on: March 12, 2008, 10:27:53 AM »

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Aside from the nutrition issue, Sullivan-DeCarlo said, students create security problems when they carry money.

Gee, I wonder what side of the political spectrum this guy is on?

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Re: Conn. Student Suspended For Buying Candy In School
« Reply #2 on: March 12, 2008, 12:18:52 PM »

Another stunning victory for no tolerance...

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Re: Conn. Student Suspended For Buying Candy In School
« Reply #3 on: March 12, 2008, 12:19:15 PM »

I'm sure that they've already banned carrying money, too.
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Re: Conn. Student Suspended For Buying Candy In School
« Reply #4 on: March 12, 2008, 12:23:01 PM »

I'm sure that they've already banned carrying money, too.

Socialist indoctrination yet? Money bad. State provide. State good.

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Re: Conn. Student Suspended For Buying Candy In School
« Reply #5 on: March 12, 2008, 01:08:13 PM »

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Re: Conn. Student Suspended For Buying Candy In School
« Reply #6 on: March 12, 2008, 01:08:39 PM »

Don't pick on us or we'll run your ass through a woodchipper!  grin
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Re: Conn. Student Suspended For Buying Candy In School
« Reply #7 on: March 12, 2008, 02:22:46 PM »

Well, at last they are escalating the War on Candy  laugh

I wonder what the street value of those Skittles is Huh?

They should send a SWAT team to search his house too.  He probably has M&M's hidden in his bedroom.
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Re: Conn. Student Suspended For Buying Candy In School
« Reply #8 on: March 12, 2008, 02:37:40 PM »

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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.

How can such a candy-ass be against candy?.....  undecided
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Re: Conn. Student Suspended For Buying Candy In School
« Reply #9 on: March 12, 2008, 03:12:37 PM »

I smell a lawsuit.

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Re: Conn. Student Suspended For Buying Candy In School
« Reply #10 on: March 13, 2008, 06:55:58 AM »

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Sullivan-DeCarlo said, students create security problems when they carry money.

What happened to the idea of school was supposed to prepare students for real life?  Apparently in the future a high school graduate will go wild, buying his first junk food, looking at a picture of a firearm, then walking around in public with loose change in his pocket.  Oh, the humanity!
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Re: Conn. Student Suspended For Buying Candy In School
« Reply #12 on: March 13, 2008, 12:24:45 PM »

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School clears kids in contraband candy caper

Sounds like a headline from the Powerpuff Girls cartoon....

Hope Principal Mojo-Jojo gets spanked.....
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Re: Conn. Student Suspended For Buying Candy In School
« Reply #13 on: March 13, 2008, 12:30:51 PM »

why is it that "too good to be true" is still in place, yet "too stupid to be true" prevails?
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Re: Conn. Student Suspended For Buying Candy In School
« Reply #14 on: March 13, 2008, 02:15:19 PM »


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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.

A) The kid was not engaged in a fundraiser.

B)  He didn't buy it from a vending machine.

He did not violate the policy they are stating.  Ergo, they are idiots.

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Re: Conn. Student Suspended For Buying Candy In School
« Reply #15 on: March 13, 2008, 02:29:09 PM »

When Skittles are outlawed only outlaws will have Skittles!  Can't believe it took me and 15 posts to drag the thread down to that. Cheesy

We need to act now to close the cafeteria loophole that allows unsavory characters to conduct sales of unregistered Skittles on school property!

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Re: Conn. Student Suspended For Buying Candy In School
« Reply #16 on: March 13, 2008, 03:15:13 PM »

When I was in 4th grade I used to buy froot-rollups and sodas at the school cafeteria and sell them on my 1+ hour bus ride, where people got hungry. I had a notebook with expense accounts and everything.
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Re: Conn. Student Suspended For Buying Candy In School
« Reply #17 on: March 13, 2008, 03:26:52 PM »

When I was in 4th grade I used to buy froot-rollups and sodas at the school cafeteria and sell them on my 1+ hour bus ride, where people got hungry. I had a notebook with expense accounts and everything.
I sold pixie sticks.  Made a few hundred dollars.  Had the princepal shutdown my operation, confiscate everything... including my lunch money.  Each day I had to go into his office and ask for my money until my mother had time to swing by the school and pick up it up during office hours. 

Had people actually selling drugs, but what do they crack down on...  I wonder if he just thought my operation was  front.  Shame too, had just started expanding into the bubblegum market too.
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Re: Conn. Student Suspended For Buying Candy In School
« Reply #18 on: March 13, 2008, 06:19:06 PM »

Update in today's newspaper, courtesy of (AP):

Apparently, either the Superintendent or someone on the Board of Education actually read the rule and figured out that the two kids involved didn't violate it. The suspensions are being expunged, and I think it said the principal is being taught to read English (or something akin thereto).

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Re: Conn. Student Suspended For Buying Candy In School
« Reply #19 on: March 13, 2008, 06:35:12 PM »

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Aside from the nutrition issue, Sullivan-DeCarlo said, students create security problems when they carry money.

Gee, I wonder what side of the political spectrum this guy is on?

  Probably a Republican. 

I see it like the war on drugs.  Its for your wellness.  Teaching kids not to carry cash is good because they will be less likely to be targets as crimes of oppurtunity.

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Re: Conn. Student Suspended For Buying Candy In School
« Reply #20 on: March 14, 2008, 03:42:20 AM »

I sold pixie sticks.  Made a few hundred dollars.  Had the princepal shutdown my operation, confiscate everything... including my lunch money. 
How old were you, and was there a written policy explicitly prohibiting this?

Unless I were a tyke in one of the very early grades, it would have required a physical assault by a school official to get his hands on my money . . . and if not me, then my folks would have called the police to report a strong-arm robbery.

My inventory would have been recovered, too.
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Re: Conn. Student Suspended For Buying Candy In School
« Reply #21 on: March 14, 2008, 04:00:36 PM »

A new one...

Mar 13, 10:03 PM (ET)
 

DANBURY, Conn. (AP) - Danbury officials have been notified they are being sued by a student who was awakened in class by a teacher who made a loud noise. Documents filed with the Town Clerk, a prelude to a lawsuit, claim that a sleeping student suffered hearing damage when his teacher woke him up by slamming her hand down on the boy's desk in December.
 
Attorney Alan Barry says 15-year-old Vinicios Robacher suffered pain and "very severe injuries to his left eardrum" when teacher Melissa Nadeau abruptly slammed the palm of her hand on his desk on Dec. 4.
 
A city official says the matter has been referred to Danbury's insurance carrier.
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Re: Conn. Student Suspended For Buying Candy In School
« Reply #22 on: March 14, 2008, 06:57:41 PM »

I sold pixie sticks.  Made a few hundred dollars.  Had the princepal shutdown my operation, confiscate everything... including my lunch money. 
How old were you, and was there a written policy explicitly prohibiting this?
Unless I were a tyke in one of the very early grades, it would have required a physical assault by a school official to get his hands on my money . . . and if not me, then my folks would have called the police to report a strong-arm robbery.
My inventory would have been recovered, too.

6th Grade... so something like 13.  NY school, not about to anger a school official.  Sure you may be vindicated in the end, but by golly can they mess up your life in the meantime.
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Re: Conn. Student Suspended For Buying Candy In School
« Reply #23 on: March 14, 2008, 07:09:12 PM »

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sleeping student suffered hearing damage when his teacher woke him up by slamming her hand down on the boy's desk in December.
Heh. Pretty childish stuff from a teacher.

My kid brother sold off cokes during lunch. Always brought a few extras, made pretty good money.

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Re: Conn. Student Suspended For Buying Candy In School
« Reply #24 on: March 14, 2008, 08:07:57 PM »

I'm glad I no longer have school aged children.  But if this stuff is the wave of the public ed future, I predict there are going to be a lot of rich parents and kids after the lawsuits are settled.
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