Student Stripped Of Title, Suspended Over Contraband Candy Purchase

As some schools districts whore themselves out to corporate sponsors in a desperate attempt to raise funds (hey, we sympathize with them, but it’s still whoring), others are enforcing a zero-tolerance policy against unwelcome intrusions. In New Haven, Connecticut, the school district banned candy sales in 2003 “as part of a districtwide school wellness policy,” and when an 8th grade honors student was caught buying a bag of Skittles from a classmate two weeks ago, he was stripped of his title as class Vice President and suspended for a day.

Reports CNN, “He says he didn’t realize his candy purchase was against the rules — although he did notice the student selling the Skittles on February 26 was being secretive.”

New Haven sounds sort of like that little town in Footloose, only against candy instead of dancing. Also, candy will make you chubby and give you Ren and Stimpy teeth, whereas we know from television that dancing will bring you fame and make you live forever.

(Thanks to MissBrooke!)

“Student suspended for buying Skittles at school” [CNN]


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  1. B says:

    When I was in elementary school I got in trouble for selling my Halloween candy. It resulted in the principal calling my mother at work and telling her I was soliciting.

  2. Zgeg says:

    This is just dumb..

  3. BloggyMcBlogBlog says:

    @B: Well, that’s better than the cops calling your spouse and telling them you were soliciting.

  4. Chairman-Meow says:

    Gotta love it. New Haven is full of crime and “troubled” students (aka thugs) yet they go after this kid for breaking a little-known rule.

    Wanna bet it is part of some dopey “zero-tolerance” feel-good PC policy ?

  5. PinkBox says:

    This is ridiculous. A kid gets suspended over what, 50 cents? Over candy?

    If I were that kid’s parent, I’d be pissed and demand to have a little talk with the local school board over it.

  6. DeepFriar says:

    Can we add an “Excessive” tag for posts like these?

  7. SkokieGuy says:

    If a kid brings his lunch, will the mother be prosecuted for baking cookies?

    I’m a champion for good nutrition and I applaud schools who remove candy vending machines, but this is absurd.

  8. Aladdyn says:

    So are candy SALES prohibited or is having candy prohibited too. If he is not the one who sold it then why punish him for buying it? Either way its stupid.

  9. xoxerica says:

    I’m in CT and this is just STUPID. He’s in 8th grade!!! He’s a kid!!! They better turn around their punishment unless they would like tons of complaints (which they’re probably already getting)

  10. DeepFriar says:

    Meanwhile, a kid forks over $30 for dime bad in the bathroom and no one notices.
    and so the world turns

  11. Munsoned says:

    Could the kid “trade” an apple for the skittles, then buy the apple back for $0.50?

  12. plustax says:

    Now the sale of candy such as the one mentioned in the story is subject to the 6% sales tax in CT so perhaps the school is trying to make sure the transaction was recognized and reported accordingly. (Okay, back to work. I have tax returns to finish by Monday’s deadline for corp returns and extentions)

  13. SnickerDoodle says:

    Zero-Tolerance at its (ugly) best

  14. HeyThereKiller says:

    fuck you connecticut

  15. mopar_man says:

    Stories like this make me not want to have kids. Too many idiots in power.

  16. hexychick says:

    I wonder what happens if you commit a real crime…

  17. Tigerman_McCool says:

    So what happened to the kid that was selling them? Maybe it was a sting operation and the seller was a narc for the principal.

  18. tinmanx says:

    So zero-tolerance means no common sense? All rules and laws should have a clause that says if it’s stupid to enforce, then don’t.

  19. Kounji says:

    LOL, its kind of odd the school sthat have drug deals go on needs principals like that.

  20. kc2idf says:

    Schools are so awesome! Where else in the world are you expected to learn how to live in a free society while learning under a police state.

    I hope they get their asses handed to them over this.

  21. Cerb says:

    When I was in elementary school I made quite a bit of proffit selling candy to my classmates until the school crushed my thriving business while still in it’s infancy.

  22. backbroken says:

    I’m guessing the punishment wouldn’t have been as severe if the kid was a bully and simply took the candy under threat of violence.

  23. Crymson_77 says:

    As a parent, I am totally appalled. If my kid has the money to buy candy, let him. It is up to ME as a parent to teach him healthy eating habits, not the fucking school. When is everyone going to fucking realize that it all starts in the fucking home!?>!?!?!?!?

  24. backbroken says:

    @kc2idf: I just finished my taxes. Which free society were you referring to? I’d like to live there.

  25. Chris Walters says:

    @BloggyMcBlogBlog: And that is better than having to call a press conference to tell the world that you paid for a hooker.

  26. chucklebuck says:

    I’d rather have a bag of Skittles than be class vice president, personally.

  27. andrewe says:

    Geez. When I was a kid in grade 8 I beat the (older) school bully to a pulp after he tried his crap on me. He spent almost a month out of school.

    Not only did I not receive any punishment I was congratulated by several teachers.

    My how times have changed.

  28. Crymson_77 says:

    @chucklebuck: Too true…

    @kc2idf: I agree with backbroken’s question…what free state?

  29. Dave_r says:

    When candy is outlawed, only outlaws will have candy.

  30. Siegeman says:

    I’m not surprised. I went to high school in new haven country, and soda is banned as well. (part of the same ridiculous wellness initiative) Needless to say, we had enterprising kids selling soda out of their backpacks. Nobody got into trouble, however.

  31. BugMeNot2 says:

    When candy is outlawed, only outlaws will have candy. Someone had to throw out the cliche, might as well have been me. This story is just asinine. I mean, let’s ban candy, or the sale of candy at school. That’ll learn the kids.

    I heard tale of another class VP and honor student who got busted buying illegal sweets while in school. Than young man grew up to be Governor Elliot Spitzer. And now you know, the rest of the story.

    My money-making business in school was to buy my week’s worth of lunch tickets every Monday, then turn around and sell them at a 50% mark-up to kids who wanted to eat twice.

  32. BugMeNot2 says:

    When candy is outlawed, only outlaws will have candy. Someone had to throw out the cliche, might as well have been me. This story is just asinine. I mean, let’s ban candy, or the sale of candy at school. That’ll learn the kids.
    I heard tale of another class VP and honor student who got busted buying illegal sweets while in school. Than young man grew up to be Governor Elliot Spitzer. And now you know, the rest of the story.

    My money-making business in school was to buy my week’s worth of lunch tickets every Monday, then turn around and sell them at a 50% mark-up to kids who wanted to eat twice.

  33. acasto says:

    When I was in elementary school, I would take the little glass rocks out of the bottom of our fish tank at home and sell them to the kids at school as various minerals and gems for a dime or so.

  34. AceKicker says:

    What a wonderful thing to teach our children that corporations own us and control what we can and cannot do. I for one welcome the opportunity to outsource my common sense and free will to someone that has only their best interests in mind.

  35. Anonymous says:

    Damn candy dealers are destroying our communities…

  36. coold8 says:

    SKittles, look like little pills of meth to me!

  37. ludwigk says:

    When I was in highschool, the cheerleading squad would sell Krispy Kreme donuts outside the cafeteria to raise money for [I don’t really know or care]. You got cheerleaders *and* donuts!

    We also had coke machines in most buildings, and the student government sold icecream bars during lunch period. So shove it!

  38. m4ximusprim3 says:

    @chucklebuck: I was thinking the same thing- in 10 years, he’ll look back on that as the best thing that ever happened to him.

    Nobody likes the class president, but everyone loves a martyr. If he plays his cards right, he can probably get to second base with some chick who never would have talked to him before.

  39. BalknChain says:

    Why do other school programs continue to sell candy and miscellaneous junk food as part of fund raisers if it’s a wellness issue? I’m looking at you NJ and Connecticut.

  40. kjherron says:

    Connecticut is the same state that almost sent a substitute teacher to prison after a student triggered a spyware-laden school computer to display some pornographic popups. They take protecting the children seriously there.

  41. Parting says:

    Want some meth? coke? crack? Skittles?

  42. Jericho114 says:

    Finally they’ve stopped focusing on the minor issues like bad education, drugs and alcohol and moved on to the serious ones.

  43. RIP MRHANDS says:

    Education is full of these administrative type of do-gooders who think they know what is best for everyone.

    Given that this is a place of education, wouldn’t it be better to educate young Johnny on the ills of junk food instead of creating international headlines?

  44. katylostherart says:

    this is kind of funny. new haven’s a ghetto with yale in the center of it. you think they’d worry more about actual crime instead involving guns, knives, robbery and that sort of thing instead of contraband skittles.


  45. MrEvil says:

    Who cares weather your children are educated or not, thank goodness the schools are there to make sure they don’t get fat.

  46. Xkeeper says:

    @DeepFriar: Don’t forget “stupid”, too.

  47. ElizabethD says:

    Skittles: the new crack.

  48. GF_AdventureGrl says:

    hey kid, wanna taste the rainbow?

  49. alice_bunnie says:

    I think I skipped school for over a week and I didn’t get suspension. I know I got in a fight and I got lunch detail. We sold M & Ms and Krispy Kreme donuts in class for fund raisers. :p

  50. Project Thanatos says:

    Candy is a gateway snack to harder snacks… like cocaine..

    One long time troubled student was quoted: “I dont like doing cocaine… I just love the way it smells!”

  51. axiomatic says:

    Back in the day… my teachers would have been thrilled if Skittles were all I was on.

  52. parabola101 says:

    This is just too F**ked up!

  53. Citizen Snips says:

    @ElizabethD: Thank you for making my day.

  54. greensmurf says:

    The truth behind this story is that this was a sting operation…..When I was a kid I sold dirty magazines I found (when I went dumpster diving) in Jr High school. The only reason I got caught is that I was counting my cash at home and my mom asked me where I got the money. I sucked at lying. Still I hade some cash because I sold them for $5 bucks a magazine. That was back in 1985.

  55. ChuckECheese says:

    The school was probably ticked off because it has an exclusive marketing agreement with gummi bears or something. They were just squashing the competition. Wow!–I just noticed that the (indy) coffee shop I’m in is using corn-based plastic for its cold drinks. No wonder I can’t afford a bag of Fritos anymore.

  56. BrockBrockman says:


    “hey kid, wanna taste the rainbow?”


  57. ShinRa-TDR says:

    8th Grade?
    Stick to selling drugs, it’s safer.

  58. BadBadKitty says:

    This is common in alot of schools, my 14 yr old is the candy girl, she makes about $10-20 a day , its a nice way to supplement her allowance and i think it shows a little ingenuity on her part ..she did get in a little trouble last year but only for selling during class , principal is aware of it ,and she has been class president for the past 2 yrs and they allow her to sell during lunch with no problems!

  59. kelrod says:

    I have zero tolerance for zero-tolerance policies.

  60. glycolized says:

    I know there are schools that do not allow the sale of candy – it’s in the parent/student handbook. I’ll bet that is the case here. Involved parents will already know that this is a rule. Therefore, this is not zero tolerance run amok, it is simple enforcement of a simple rule.

    I’ll also bet that having candy/junk food is allowed. No one in this thread has shown, beyond jokes and speculation, that the possession of candy is prohibited. If the kid needs to have candy, it will be provided by his/her parents, and not by another child at school or the school store. Simple. Buy it before school, buy it after school, but do not buy it at school.

    I have a friend that is a principal of a school in a “bad” neighborhood, and, yes, there are a lot more damaging things going on in the school and the households of these kids, but dammit, they’re at least gonna eat a decent meal (and maybe their only one for the day) while they are at school. I don’t think that is part of some big, oppressive communist plot. She told me about some fatass kid whose folks pack three candy bars in with their kid’s lunch. There isn’t much she can do about that, but to hell if he’s going to try to be “enterprising” and sell one of those to another kids, maybe one whose parents appreciate the fact that that this school does a lot to bring in fresh foods and prepare them on site and provide healthy snacks for the kids.

  61. TPK says:

    How can a school run by morons possibly educate our children?

    This just makes home schooling look better and better. Unless, of course, you are in California, where they’ll throw you in jail for that too!

  62. femmesavante says:

    The rule bans selling candy, not buying candy. Even if it had banned buying candy, suspension is too severe. That school is lucky it’s not my kid. I’d be all over them.

  63. bohemian says:

    So buying some candy in school get the same punishment as assault does in most schools. WTF?

  64. drjayphd says:

    @katylostherart: You’d think so. Then again, maybe that’s why they give me such a hard time trying to get into Hillhouse (although, to be fair, it is, uhm, Hillhouse)…

  65. TPS Reporter says:

    Skittles are wack.

  66. Grrrrrrr, now with two buns made of bacon. says:

    Unbelievably stupid.

    What’s next? TSA agents and guard dogs stationed at the doors to screen backpacks and seize such horribly dangerous substances like Skittles?

  67. FightOnTrojans says:

    @HeyThereKiller: That would make a killer bumper sticker.

  68. Lazlo Nibble says:

    Clearly the school officials saw that “Reno 911!” where Terry was all hopped up on Skittles.

    I look forward to the marketing campaign that’ll be built around this.

  69. chartrule says:

    if skittles gets you that punished I’d hate to see what a real crime would get someone in that school

  70. Trai_Dep says:

    I was this close to the Vice Principal for Boys giving me 3 weeks detention for selling Snickers to my middle school classmates.

    Phew. Did he let loose a hearty chuckle when he found out it was only hashish.

  71. Jericho114 says:

    @glycolized: You story about the healthy meal reminded me of one time when I was a child and I had packed myself a nutella sandwich for school. Anyway my teacher found it and assumed I was spreading chocolate on bread and taking it to school, regardless I informed her it was something my mother had bought and I didn’t eat it often just decided to take it that day.

    Teacher than decides this is a matter that the principle should be involved with, so here I am in grade 2, my teacher and principle practically telling me that my mom is irresponsible and that I am a moron to put chocolate sauce on bread.

    My mom arrives at the school after having been called and told I was spreading chocolate on my bread. After I explain to my mom, the teacher or principle had no clue what the product was but assumed I was eating an unhealthy meal. Now I see athletes on the jars of nutella promoting how it’s healthy. Haha. Morons.

  72. cuiusquemodi says:

    I was a teenage candy dealer.

    Sure, it started innocently enough, as a Boy Scout fundraiser. After the fundraiser ended, however, I kept at it. But how horribly wrong it went.

    Wait, it didn’t go horribly wrong at all.

    1) Purchase a 36 pack of king sized M&Ms (plain and peanut) and Snickers for $24 at Sam’s.
    2) Sell to hungry honor students for $1 each in classes where the teachers like me more than they do the administration, and are oddly blind and deaf (and sometimes hungry) before class starts.
    3) Profit. Literally, this time.

  73. dandd says:

    @glycolized: Why don’t you and your friend worry about your own kids and let the other parents raise their kids?

    Zero Tolerance = Zero Intelligence. Instead of looking at each case on its own merits, we’ll just shut our brains completely off.

  74. tvh2k says:

    Hehe … doctor mayo (see original story).

  75. tvh2k says:
  76. CurbRunner says:

    Well, you know those Skittles can lead to smokin’ the devil’s weed, then onto the needle.

  77. LUV2CattleCall says:


    Buy a Dyson….good for floors, great for abortions!

    This reminds me of the time People to People called my parents (years ago, in the early high school days) and told them that I got caught with a gun, but never bothered to tell me about the call…. I bought one of those knockoff Nintendo Duck Hunt guns. Thank god they were smart enough to think beyond the “zero-tolerance”

  78. leefur5 says:

    Update from []

    Superintendent Reginald Mayo said in a statement late Wednesday that he and principal Eleanor Turner met with student Michael’s parents and that Turner decided to clear the boy’s record and restore him to his student council post…the classmate’s suspension also will be expunged, school officials said.

  79. vladthepaler says:

    What a clever idea. Sort of a drug-dealing training program, start smuggling candy into schools, and then once you’ve got some experience under your belt, use the same skills to push different merchandise. Very practical for a city like New Haven.

  80. Craig says:

    Hey, if you don’t nip it in the bud here, before you know it these kids grow up to be politicians paying for a different kind of sugar. Today CT, tomorrow NY.

  81. Crymson_77 says:

    @Jericho114: Did your mom do any asskicking for wasting her time with their idiocy? I certainly would have!!!

  82. glycolized says:

    @Jericho114 – That is a great story. :)

    @dandd – that is exactly what she is doing. If a child needs to be provided candy, that can be done by the child’s own parents, not by any decision or transaction with the school or another child at the school. I will give my child candy when I want to. The school enforces that desire. Why can’t you see it from, that side of the equation? Some people don’t give their kids candy as often as others. BTW, you should get into the bumper sticker business with a winner like that slogan, you’ll make a mint.

  83. glycolized says:

    BTW – I should mention that I think the punishment was a little too harsh, though I agree with the rule in general. Now it looks like the entire punishment has been rescinded (according to the update).