NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Contraband candy has led to big trouble for an eighth-grade honors student in Connecticut.
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.
School spokeswoman Catherine Sullivan-DeCarlo says the New Haven school system banned candy sales in 2003 as part of a districtwide school wellness policy.
I’m really glad to know that there are schools out there willing to penalize hard working, ambitious, honors students in this manner. I mean, really. Today, skittles; tomorrow, crack cocaine.
So, the school has banned candy as part of a school wellness program. I wonder if this wellness program extends to their federally funded School Lunch Program?
The National School Lunch Program that is a large racket, serving an oversupply of meat and dairy at the expense of children’s health? The same program that is underserving fruits and veggies and only spending about $1 per lunch per kid per day?
Chef Ann, the renegade lunch lady, has a lot to say about school lunches on her blog, in articles like this: Are School Lunches Killing America’s Kids?, Bad Beef in Schools, Lean funds keep school food fatty.
I’m guessing that the same people in charge of publicly shaming an 8th grader for buying Skittles are the same people turning a blind eye to the overfatty, undernutritious lunches they are serving every day in the school cafeteria.