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    EW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) ― Contraband candy has led to big trouble for an eighth-grade honors student.

    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.

    Sullivan-DeCarlo said Sheridan Middle School principal Eleanor Turner repeatedly warned students that she did not want candy to be sold or money to change hands during school. Turner referred all questions to Sullivan-DeCarlo.

    Aside from the nutrition issue, Sullivan-DeCarlo said, students create security problems when they carry money.

    A copy of the district's policy states that "no candy or junk food fundraisers will be allowed on school grounds" and that only healthy snacks will be sold in vending machines.

    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.

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    So it's illegal (against the rules anyway) to sell something that it's legal to give away... Makes about as much sense as the prostitution laws.

    If students carrying money create "security problems," then this place has far worse problems than junk food.

    In my old junior-high school, two students got suspended for one giving the other a Tylenol tablet. They never thought it was contraband dope, but they suspendedthem anyway. A tad excessive.

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    WTF! How about a verbal warning first. Or better yet, how about letting the parents decide what their kid eats. Damn Nanny Staters.
    "The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants." - Thomas Jefferson

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    What the F is going on?? This is America, the freest county in the world and an 8th grader was suspended for selling a bag of candy to another student??? This is the most ridiculousthing I've ever heard.

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    My children attend a school where the teachers open carry. (now the thread is even open carry related)

    They are home-schooled. Stories like this just confirm my choices.

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    Watch out for the moves against homeschooling coming from Kalifornistan.

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