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(Peoria Journal Star)   Not news: High school students suspended for taking drugs, even though the students claimed they were mints. News: Turns out they were mints. Fark: High school students suspended for "gross misconduct for taking an unknown product"   (pjstar.com) divider line 79
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2012-10-06 09:22:08 PM  

MasterAdkins: So they were taking drugs, just not illegal ones.


That always makes for an interesting conversation when I catch someone railing on about marijuana usage while they have a cigarette hanging out of their mouth. You know the ones... "Cigs aren't drugs because they aren't illegal!" "Alcohol isn't a drug. It's a drink." etc., etc.
 
2012-10-06 09:26:30 PM  
Hmm, I'm a gonna grind up some weed and put it into an empty oregano bottle, ya know, so I can prove its a spice.

/SMH
 
2012-10-06 09:34:28 PM  
Good to see schools are taking mints seriously, and ending deadly the scourge of fresh breath.
 
2012-10-06 09:39:04 PM  

atomic-age: Raoul Eaton: If "taking an unknown product" is a punishable offense, then I should have been suspended every time I ate a school lunch.

// I loved the high-fat, high-carb stuff they served way back then
/wouldn't eat the fish patties, though, after a rumor some kid found a worm in one

A friend of mine found a kinky blue fiber inside her "salmon patty". Another time, a kid at my table found what appeared to be a lima bean inside a "veal" slab.

I think my schools had the nastiest school lunch ever. Everything they served had orange welfare cheese on it. They put mayonnaise, welfare cheese, and a maraschino cherry on canned pear halves. It does not pay to attend school in the ghetto.


....Whilst there IS a place for Government Cheese (specifically in the form of a nice grilled-cheese sandwich--yes, Government Cheese is awesome for this and I has a sad that it's pretty much no longer distributed and the closest I can find are the cheese blocks at the GFS), fruit cocktail is NOT the place for it. (Cottage cheese I can see with pears and cherries, but not Government Cheese.)

/ah, the happy days when the government would give out more government cheese to my grandparents than they could EVER hope to eat
//then again, folks Not On Teh Welfare enjoying government cheese is probably why they did away with it and old folks just get EBTs now
 
2012-10-06 09:39:21 PM  
FTFA:

Jason McMichael said his 17-year-old son has never been in trouble before, but the boy was suspended from school Thursday and Friday and barred from attending the weekend's homecoming festivities after school personnel found the four students eating chewable energy mint tablets in school Wednesday afternoon. The mints contain caffeine and other ingredients typically found in standard energy drinks. Coca Cola.

Students should have received thumbs up for not imbibing high fructose corn syrup along with the methylated xanthine.

/`vasopressive' dose of BS
//palms of hands not leaving sweat impressions on desk tops? Back to farking class
 
2012-10-06 09:40:13 PM  
You kids are smoking dandelions.
You're sniffing paper bags,
baby. You're dropping Good N' Plenties.
We can tell. Your posture sags.
 
2012-10-06 09:41:09 PM  
If you're a voter there, throw out every school board member who doesn't try to fire everyone responsible for this shiat.

It's the only way this will stop happening.
 
2012-10-06 10:19:31 PM  
Thank goodness they didn't have Pixy Stix. Long straws and a strange powdery substance? They'd be in the slammer for sure.
 
2012-10-06 10:49:21 PM  
TFA isn't loading. Is this the same kind of situation as the time I hid a bag of powdered sugar in my room to troll my parents?
 
2012-10-06 11:02:02 PM  
Lawsuit, name every member of the school board personally, and drag them through the mud.

Plows and salt, baby. Plows and salt.
 
2012-10-06 11:06:02 PM  

Any Pie Left: True story: the school football team in Pekin used to be called the Pekin Chinks. They changed it to "Dragons" some time ago. So, making *some* progress?


i.imgur.com

I went to college in a city not too far from Pekin. It was common knowledge that Pekin was an official sundown town in the past, i.e., that it really wasn't a good place to be if you happened to be darker-skinned. I believe Pekin was also the birthplace of the IL chapter of the KKK. One redeeming thing, though, is that they had a pretty cool gun store.
 
2012-10-06 11:09:37 PM  
High school students suspended for "gross misconduct for taking an unknown product"

Sounds like they weren't 'unknown product' for the students.
 
2012-10-06 11:14:53 PM  
So, they were eating mints after all? I have no choice then...
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DOUBLE SECRET PROBATION!
 
2012-10-06 11:25:10 PM  
They're a bunch of YANKEES! What else should we expect...?
 
2012-10-06 11:29:02 PM  

Great Porn Dragon: ....Whilst there IS a place for Government Cheese (specifically in the form of a nice grilled-cheese sandwich--yes, Government Cheese is awesome for this and I has a sad that it's pretty much no longer distributed and the closest I can find are the cheese blocks at the GFS), fruit cocktail is NOT the place for it. (Cottage cheese I can see with pears and cherries, but not Government Cheese.)

/ah, the happy days when the government would give out more government cheese to my grandparents than they could EVER hope to eat
//then again, folks Not On Teh Welfare enjoying government cheese is probably why they did away with it and old folks just get EBTs now


The idea that anyone willingly eats that stuff when they can afford to buy real cheese makes me nauseous.
 
2012-10-06 11:38:45 PM  

cgraves67: Oooh. A rare Pekkkin appearance on Fark, and not even a hint of racism involved. Pekkkin is so progressive these days.

When I a kid we joked that the boy scouts in Pekkkin put on cross burnings. I'm not sure what badge they earned for that.

/not a Pekkkinite


fark Pekin. I got pulled over by a Tazewell county sheriff a couple months ago. The whole county is a bunch of racist tards. It just trickles down from the county seat of Pekin.
 
Skr
2012-10-07 12:28:57 AM  
I always rattled with various tictacs and altoids during school. All the kids would hit me up, on hindsight it seemed like I could have made different career choices. But damn, some kids really need to brush their teeth, but at least a mint would cover it up a bit. (unless it was some sort of superfunk and the mint just made the kid smell like Wint'o'green fish carcass.)
 
2012-10-07 12:55:01 AM  

Parthenogenetic: BoxOfBees: Technically it was drugs. Same kind the teachers and administrators are taking, most likely. Elevated heart rate and blood pressure? Yes, a combination of caffeine and stress will certainly do that to you.

And when their bodies become acclimated to the caffeine? They'll seek more powerful stimulants to feed their addiction. And then maybe downers to control their "high".

Energy mints, my friends, are a gateway drug. The first step down the slippery slope. From there, it is a short distance to Four Loko, and then the deadly siren song of marihuana.

I for one applaud the our new school administration overlords for their bravery in ensuring the safety of the students, and the moral underpinnings of American society.


Yyessss, we've got trouble: right here in River City. Trouble with a capital 'T' - and that ryhmes with 'E', and that stands for "Energy Mints'.
Trouble. trouble. trouble. trouble...

/ does not usually quote musicals
 
2012-10-07 01:12:33 AM  

Parthenogenetic: BoxOfBees: Technically it was drugs. Same kind the teachers and administrators are taking, most likely. Elevated heart rate and blood pressure? Yes, a combination of caffeine and stress will certainly do that to you.

And when their bodies become acclimated to the caffeine? They'll seek more powerful stimulants to feed their addiction. And then maybe downers to control their "high".

Energy mints, my friends, are a gateway drug. The first step down the slippery slope. From there, it is a short distance to Four Loko, and then the deadly siren song of marihuana.

I applaud the school administration for their bravery in ensuring the safety of the students, and the moral underpinnings of American society.


Yes, and when my aunt has a sex change operation she'll be my uncle, but that's not going to happen either.

/I know you're not serious
//I can tell by the marihuana
///you got lots of bites, tho.
 
2012-10-07 01:12:41 AM  
I think this is nothing but a power trip on the part of school officials. They thought he was selling drugs so they suspended him. They found out the "pills" were mints so they still punished him because they didn't want to admit they were wrong. In addition to suing the pants off the school, the kid's dad should also sue the pants off the school officials who did the suspending. If you sue the school district, the officials who did the suspending aren't out any money. So they don't really care if you sue. Sue them personally and you send the message that they will be out lots of money for their legal fees, and a helluva lot more than that if you win. If the school picks up their legal bills, they'll keep track of how much these officials are costing them. Eventually they'll say to the principal, or whoever "what the fark are you doing over there that's costing us so much gorram money?"
 
2012-10-07 01:57:03 AM  
In 6th grade I was suspended for bringing a box of jello to school. I ate the powder for snack time because my mom said gelatin was good for my nails. My referral said I "brought a substance that resembles an illegal substance." Cow principal added a day to my suspension when I asked her when cocaine became pink. That extra day went away when my mom showed up.
 
2012-10-07 03:00:17 AM  

BarkingUnicorn: pedrop357: This proves it's more about power followed by an inability to admit they were wrong.

The claim that they though it was drugs conflicts with them simply sending him home on a bus. The 'unknown substance' claim is thoroughly disputed by the tests or other information that it was gum.

They thought it was drugs, suspended him, drug him through the mud, then sent him on his was way. They cared about exercising power, not about drugs in school or possible harm to a student. I wonder what the odds are that this student has (no pun) rubbed the staff the wrong way.

They find out it's not drugs, so they claim unknown substance. This is one of the catch-all disorderly conduct equivalents for schools. They can claim that it was unknown at the time or unknown brand or whatever. They don't have to prove much of anything.

It's stories like this I always flash on when people tout the benefits of compulsory education, or how professional school administration and teachers are, how funding this system is essential, how school administrators don't have enough control, etc.

How many other students have found themselves punished for non-offenses by this school?

It's much simpler than "unknown substance." From the student handbook:

"A student will be recommended for expulsion if he/she chooses to sell or attempts to sell, transfer, or distribute:... d. Any plants, inhalants, chemicals, or other products that when consumed, inhaled, or misused, cause a drug-like effect, or possible physical harm."

Covers anything, even water.

Link (PDF)


Skipped some comments, but if that's how it reads, "inhalants", I'd take up a fund and sue the school for not monitoring each student to ensure they're breathing in and out scientifically established human respiratory emissions, on the grounds that they're allowing potentially dangerous environmental conditions.

In my day, we fought back. And won most of the time. Now, I have to be 'that guy' and guide my kids to step up because original thinking is punished. The admin. here hates me. 2 weeks ago, they tried telling the kids here they'd suspend them for a week if they brought salt (after taking away salt shakers). Went in with 11 reports on the importance of sodium, iodine, sodium and iodine in developing brains, and sodium salts in pubescent sports players and a signed, notorized affidavit from the sole GP/Pediatrician here. Handed them to the Superintendant and said he had 1 month to change it or I was filing suit with the ped. backing me.

3 days later, they dropped the ban and suspensions, and offered packets if the kids asked for them.

Sometimes, kicking them in the wallet works.
 
2012-10-07 03:29:33 AM  
I graduated high school about a year before Columbine, and I have thanked my lucky stars ever since that day that I got out while the gettin' was good.
 
2012-10-07 09:08:22 AM  

farvour: cgraves67: Oooh. A rare Pekkkin appearance on Fark, and not even a hint of racism involved. Pekkkin is so progressive these days.

When I a kid we joked that the boy scouts in Pekkkin put on cross burnings. I'm not sure what badge they earned for that.

/not a Pekkkinite

fark Pekin. I got pulled over by a Tazewell county sheriff a couple months ago. The whole county is a bunch of racist tards. It just trickles down from the county seat of Pekin.


Well now I have to take exception at that. I do live in this county, just not Pekkkin.
 
2012-10-07 11:06:30 AM  

ElLoco: MasterAdkins: So they were taking drugs, just not illegal ones.

That always makes for an interesting conversation when I catch someone railing on about marijuana usage while they have a cigarette hanging out of their mouth. You know the ones... "Cigs aren't drugs because they aren't illegal!" "Alcohol isn't a drug. It's a drink." etc., etc.


pseudoephedrine isn't a drug. it's merely a meth precursor.
 
2012-10-07 01:02:48 PM  

Jon iz teh kewl: ElLoco: MasterAdkins: So they were taking drugs, just not illegal ones.

That always makes for an interesting conversation when I catch someone railing on about marijuana usage while they have a cigarette hanging out of their mouth. You know the ones... "Cigs aren't drugs because they aren't illegal!" "Alcohol isn't a drug. It's a drink." etc., etc.

pseudoephedrine isn't a drug. it's merely a meth precursor.


I'd be happy never to take it again, but alas, it's what helps me breathe...
 
2012-10-07 02:21:40 PM  

Great Porn Dragon: ....Whilst there IS a place for Government Cheese (specifically in the form of a nice grilled-cheese sandwich--yes, Government Cheese is awesome for this and I has a sad that it's pretty much no longer distributed and the closest I can find are the cheese blocks at the GFS)


I miss those days. Grandma would get her poor old-lady welfare food that had more cheese than she could possibly eat. Mom would take a block home for us and it would be an instant grilled cheese party. Friends would come over to eat, because everybody knew that welfare cheese made the best sammiches. Living in the suburbs of Detroit meant that not just everybody was (un)privileged enough to get that cheese and you had to KNOW SOMEBODY to get it.

For real, mom would come home from taking grandma to get her food and I'd be like "GRILLED CHEESE NOW PLEASE".
 
2012-10-07 02:45:48 PM  

Zeno-25: Any Pie Left: True story: the school football team in Pekin used to be called the Pekin Chinks. They changed it to "Dragons" some time ago. So, making *some* progress?

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I went to college in a city not too far from Pekin. It was common knowledge that Pekin was an official sundown town in the past, i.e., that it really wasn't a good place to be if you happened to be darker-skinned. I believe Pekin was also the birthplace of the IL chapter of the KKK. One redeeming thing, though, is that they had a pretty cool gun store.


Pekin... County seat of Tazewell County.

/seriously?
 
2012-10-07 08:56:09 PM  
Embarrassing an authority figure or figures carries just as big of a punishment as breaking the rules.
 
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