School Disciplines Students for Handing Out Candy Canes

Jenny Erikson

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The latest weapon to banned at one Virginia high school is particularly onerous: Candy canes. Those curved pepperminty sugar sticks were passed out before school by the “Christmas Sweater Club” at Battlefield High School this holiday season in an effort to spread Christmas cheer.

Silly kids. Don’t they know the best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear? Maybe they’ve never seen Elf. Or maybe singing Christmas carols was banned at their school.

Regardless of the best method for injecting the Christmas spirit into a group of moody teenagers, the “Christmas Sweater Club” was reprimanded by school officials and given detention in the form of two hours of cleaning. I guess with all the budget cuts to education, the school had to let its janitorial staff go.

I know Michelle Obama thinks that childhood obesity is a national security risk, but come on. One little candy cane (or two … okay, maybe three) at Christmas ime isn’t going to cause an outbreak of fat kids. According to the students, the grown-ups (I use the term lightly) weren’t worried about the excessive calories of the candy, but rather their stabbing potential.

"They said, 'maliciously maim students with the intent to injure.' And I don't think any of us here intentionally meant to injure anyone, or did," said Zakk Rhine, a junior at Battlefield High School.

Skylar Torbett, also a junior, said administrators told him, "They said the candy canes are weapons because you can sharpen them with your mouth and stab people with them." He said neither he nor any of their friend [sic] did that.

They might as well ban pencils -- it would do wonders in decreasing school crime. Didn’t you know that violence by candy canes and pencils were the number one cause of violence in inner-city schools? I totally just made that up, by the way. The number one reason for school crime is actually undisciplined hooligans.

Maybe if teachers and school administrators focused more on actually educating our kids rather than banning candy canes, we wouldn’t be having an education crisis in America.

Should candy canes be banned in schools? What about pencils?

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