A 10 year old Texas third-grader has been slapped with a week's worth of detention for committing the egregious sin of possessing a piece of candy.
According to FOXNews.com, a teacher confiscated the unopened Jolly Rancher, and the girl - Leighann Adair - served her detention during lunch and recess last week. She and the girl who gave her the candy were told to also write an essay about what they did and why it was wrong. Adair's parents are outraged, calling this an extreme punishment for something so small.
The superintendent for the Brazos Independent School District claims the district is simply following state guidelines to limit the amount of junk food in schools. However, according to Texas Department of Agriculture spokesperson Bryan Black, state guidelines for punishing students with junk food don't even exist. In fact, Black said, "If a parent wants to pack candy, it's their decision. A parent needs to decide what a student eats." Wow! That actually sounds like common sense!! What a concept!
By the way, the girl's family and members of that community are planning to attend the next school board meeting to contest the school's candy policy. The parents are also reportedly considering taking their kids out of the school district at the end of the year.