Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Honor Student suspended for buying a bag of Skittles in school. 
It violated the school wellness program.

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.

As I've always said, the problem with school shootings is that they always seem to shoot too many students and teachers and not enough administrators.


It seems like to me that the policy only banned fundrasing sales and not private ones. Also it seems the policy did not ban buying, but only selling. I wonder if the seller was punished. I would think the boy mentioned would have a good case against the school.
It should pain all of us when a child needs a "good case" to carry a bag of candy around.
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