Wednesday, May 12, 2010

girl gets a week detention -- for a piece of candy

We can be thankful for diligent leaders who are out to protect our children from the dangers that no one else sees.

For example, this week, a third-grader in Texas was given a one week detention from school for breaking a school policy: she was in possession of a single green Jolly Rancher (a small piece of candy).

You see, a Jolly Rancher has sugar. Sugar is junk food. Junk food is bad. We must protect our children from such vile sweetness.

The detention means that the girl will have to be separated from her friends during recess and lunchtime for a week. The school administrators apparently feel that sugar is bad for the girl -- but see no problem with the insult of separating her from her friends for a trivial thing and making her a public spectacle for having a piece of candy. (It seems like such a good idea to give a third-grader guilt over having a piece of penny-candy.)

I wonder if it occurred to them to simply ask her to put the candy away until she got home and asked her parents if it was okay to eat. Oh, wait. Never mind.

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