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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 24
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2012-10-06 07:26:52 PM
4 votes:
My son was in third grade when, on our ride home from school, he handed me a live .38 cal. bullet that a classmate had given to him. I turned around and we went to the principal's office.

"Doctor V." was shocked, but he didn't go nuts. He praised my son for turning the bullet over to me, and cautioned him to go to a teacher immediately if anything like that happened again.

The kid who gave my son the bullet got a half-day in-school suspension, policing the grounds. He said his grandfather gave him the bullet, and he gave it to my son because they were friends. IDK what happened to grandpa.

Doctor V could have lost his job over that. He should have expelled both kids, according to zero-tolerance policy.

He was the last school administrator I ever liked.
2012-10-06 04:56:58 PM
4 votes:
My son was incredulous when I told him not to bring Tic Tacs to school. Assholes like these administrators are exactly why.
2012-10-06 08:12:56 PM
3 votes:
So nothing was wrong, the kids did nothing illegal...but the school administrators are making up a rule and punishing them anyway just to make sure.

Meanwhile, they were so sure the kids were in mortal danger of their lives by doing dangerous drugs they...sent them home on the bus. Without telling their parents.

You know, we need a new epithet, because FOR F*CKS SAKE just isn't doing it for me any more.
2012-10-06 08:10:41 PM
3 votes:
control freaks
2012-10-06 08:36:55 PM
2 votes:
Sue sue sue sue sue sue.

Always sue. These policies are in place and the administrators are so retarded because they are afraid of being sued. Sue them anyway. Sue them until you reach the Litigious Singularity, where they either have to give up on this insanity or they fold entirely.

Push and push until they can't be pushed any further, then push once more.
2012-10-06 08:06:04 PM
2 votes:
When I was in elementary school (1960's), a Dallas polce officer stopped me because he saw I was carrying a big bag of Red Hots candy. (Google it ya young whippersnappers. The look like PILLS!) Anyway, after I offered him a handful and he tried one, he thanked me, apologized for bothering me and went about his business.
2012-10-06 06:51:57 PM
2 votes:

dahmers love zombie: My son was incredulous when I told him not to bring Tic Tacs to school. Assholes like these administrators are exactly why.


Considering kids get suspended these days for taking farking Ibuprofen to school that's wise. Pretty soon I'm picturing school will consist of being stripped naked, searched and then going to class in a hospital gown.
2012-10-07 02:21:40 PM
1 votes:

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 03:00:17 AM
1 votes:

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 01:12:41 AM
1 votes:
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?"
2012-10-06 11:38:45 PM
1 votes:

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.
2012-10-06 11:06:02 PM
1 votes:

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 09:05:10 PM
1 votes:

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.
2012-10-06 08:42:52 PM
1 votes:
The attorneys are swarming like sharks all over this. The kid just had his college paid for and then some.
2012-10-06 08:37:52 PM
1 votes:
Just another school district that has adopted the "Zero thinking policy".
2012-10-06 08:30:55 PM
1 votes:
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?
2012-10-06 08:22:34 PM
1 votes:

Do_wacka_Do: School teachers and Administrators are Saints, they do such difficult work and get paid nothing. They took these jobs purely through the goodness in their hearts. We need to stop picking on them.


You couldn't possibly be more wrong. This one incident proves that all teachers are overpaid leeches on society and schools are a huge waste of money. We need to cut education funding and put those little bastards to work making shoes in a factory somewhere.
2012-10-06 08:09:26 PM
1 votes:

jayhawk88: McMichael said he was told his son was being monitored by the school nurse and that the teen had an elevated heart rate and high blood pressure.

"He's never been in trouble," McMichael said Friday. "He was probably just nervous."

Or he was wired off the caffeine pills he'd been taking all day. Look, it's stupid, but on the other hand, I don't think you necessarily want 17 year old kids taking 3 pops worth of caffeine every half hour.


Or maybe the school nurse was hot.
2012-10-06 08:08:27 PM
1 votes:

farkingismybusiness: [www.megaforcerecords.com image 450x450]


wow, when did Jabberjaw become such an asshole? (And become a judge?)
2012-10-06 08:02:09 PM
1 votes:
McMichael said he was told his son was being monitored by the school nurse and that the teen had an elevated heart rate and high blood pressure.

"He's never been in trouble," McMichael said Friday. "He was probably just nervous."


Or he was wired off the caffeine pills he'd been taking all day. Look, it's stupid, but on the other hand, I don't think you necessarily want 17 year old kids taking 3 pops worth of caffeine every half hour.
2012-10-06 08:01:51 PM
1 votes:
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.
2012-10-06 07:56:36 PM
1 votes:
If these so called administrators were any dumber, they would need to be watered twice per week.
2012-10-06 07:50:57 PM
1 votes:
Gross Misconduct is a great band name
2012-10-06 03:56:22 PM
1 votes:
So they were taking drugs, just not illegal ones.
 
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