Saturday, May 8, 2010

We know what's best; not you

Isn't this a little over the top?

Five days detention for having a piece of candy at lunch?

Candy is dandy - but not at school, 3rd-grader learns
By Ericka Mellon - Houston Chronicle

A third-grade girl's sweet tooth landed her in a sour spot at school this week.

Amber Brazda, the mother of 10-year-old Leighann Adair, said her daughter came home from Brazos Elementary School in tears Monday after getting punished for having a Jolly Rancher at lunch. The friend who gave her the hard candy also got in trouble.

To Jack Ellis, superintendent of Brazos Independent School District, the story is simple: The district prohibits students from having candy and gum on campus, and the third-graders broke the rules. Ellis defended Principal Jeanne Young's decision to give the girls five days of detention, which they served during recess and lunch.

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