This is the kind of authority that schools need to rethink, considering how many times they have kids selling drugs, taking drugs, holding guns, being gunned down, etc. This is ridiculous!
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.
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.
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