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Only "Suspended"?

Why isn't this guy doing hard time?

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.

What is the world coming to when people can openly buy and sell candy on a school campus?

I guess his big mistake was paying money for it (you know, like prostitution?):

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.

So, if he'd given it away, things would have been OK. But I have no sympathy. The only way to clean this up is to go after the johns.

You know, I think that someone should write a book about this kind of thing.

[Friday update]

Saved by Mark Levin:

Levin gave out the phone number of the spokesperson for the New Haven school district, but asked his listeners to be civilized about the calling. The civilized part was easy. Getting through was another matter. Within ten minutes of the number's being given out, the New Haven school district's phone system crashed, as did its website.

Within an hour of that, the wheels were already in motion to clear Sheridan's name and restore his and the other student's good standing.

What kind of conservative is he, anyway, coddling criminals like that?


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Dennis Ray Wingo wrote:


I used to buy candy at wholesale from one of my neighbors who was a candy distributor to sell at school as a kid.

Then there was the Grit sales, the seed sales, and and...

Chili Relleno wrote:

According to the AP article quoted on, the school district's policy bans candy or junk food FUNDRAISERS from school grounds, the sale of candy in vending machines, bake sales, and "other food sales." Whether a strict reading of that policy prohibits the sale of a single bag of candy involving two students not engaged in fundraising may be another matter entirely. The article goes on to say that the principal has said in the past that she prefers "no candy be sold or money to change hands during school." However, it is unclear to me whether the district's written policy provides legal grounds for the school to ban the casual sale of candy between two students or to suspend them for violating a rule that seems to have been arbitrarily imposed by the school principal and not mandated by the school district's official policy.

Norm wrote:

It almost makes you wonder if she had it in for him, because as an honors student he was blowing the bell curve.


Roger Strong wrote:

Obligatory snide comment from a Canadian:
"When Skittles are outlawed, only outlaws will have Skittles."

(Sorry. I'm just annoyed that we don't get Xtreme Fruit Skittles. Something about ITAR rules.)

Jay Manifold wrote:

He isn't doing hard time because the Bush/Rove dictatorship is forcing The Children to buy candy from Halliburton before being sent to Iraq to become baby killers.

I demand a Constitutional Amendment specifying life in prison without parole for any minor engaging in a commercial transaction.

T.L. James wrote:

Hey, the kid's got to learn that capitalism is a zero-tolerance evil at some point...why not in public school?

Traumat-- er, teach 'em while they're young, and the lesson lasts a lifetime.

Karl Hallowell wrote:

(Sorry. I'm just annoyed that we don't get Xtreme Fruit Skittles. Something about ITAR rules.)

ITAR wouldn't kick in with that punchline. ATF won't let us ship jokes with more than 62.5 grams of funny anyway.

lmg wrote:

More of the government's War on (Some) Candies.

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