School bans candy canes

Katherine - posted on 12/24/2010 ( 44 moms have responded )

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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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Barb - posted on 12/26/2010

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This is why i like to get news from more than one source:
http://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local-...

This news article is showing another side. The "sweater club" is not a school group lead by a teacher. It's a group of boys that got together one morning and said "let's wear our ugliest christmas sweaters and call ourselves the "sweater club" today!"

Then, they went on their own and bought a bunch of candy canes without asking permission and proceeded to pass them out to everyone. Once they passed them out to everyone, a food fight ensued that became a HUGE mess!!

THAT is why the boys got disciplined.. it wasn't that the candy canes were banned because they were stabbing each other, although, that may or may not have happened these are high school boys that apparently need more things to do in their spare time.

Becky - posted on 12/24/2010

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Bahahaaha! This may be one of the most ridiculous things I've ever heard! Somehow kids manage to get into the school with guns and knives, but they're worried about candy canes?! Dumb, dumb, dumb

Bonnie - posted on 12/26/2010

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This is crazy. Of all things they are worried about candy canes. Maybe they need to focus on more important things. Candy canes aren't even around all the time..a few weeks out of the school year, that's it. They definitely need to ban pencils if they are going to stoop so low to ban candy canes.

Tara - posted on 12/25/2010

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Please tell me this is a hoax. Honestly? Don't those Americans have more things to worry about?
Is everything going to become a security risk?
Pencils, scissors and pens are all capable of causing injuries, even unintentional ones!
Next thing girls won't be allowed to wear underwire bras, I mean you could pull the wire out and use it to stab someones eye out, or strangle a really smalled necked person. And they might want to ban the use of rulers, they could be broken into splinty pieces and used to impale someone...
Sheesh really? Really America? REALLY?!?!!!

JuLeah - posted on 12/24/2010

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I think long finger nails, sharpened writing insturments, drumb stick, straws, and high heals ought to be baned for the same reason.
The number one reason for school crime is over crowded, under funded, and under staffed school.

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Samara - posted on 12/27/2010

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I resent this statement! lol Just because it happens in America doesn't mean all Americans believe this way. In fact, the majority of people I've talked to think its just as stupid. We just need to teach our children right from wrong!!

Meghan - posted on 12/26/2010

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I am trying to think about the actual act of stabbing someone with a candy cane...wouldn't it just break off? It would make more sense to be concerned about peppermint poisoning to the blood than a stab wound.

Jodi - posted on 12/26/2010

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What, you don't live in a room with padded walls? I thought we all did....is it just me? :P

Becky - posted on 12/26/2010

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Lets all live in rooms with white padded walls and only come out to procreate & eat with our fingers! There's a line, and this crosses it! SERIOUSLY? Has anyone here ever attempted to stab someone with a pointed candy cane? They snap off very easily, you'd do far more damage to someone stabbing them with a pen, pencil, and oh yeah, SCISSORS! I guess we need to revert back to sending our kids to school with homework written on slate caulk boards!

Jodi - posted on 12/26/2010

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Mum said she met him at their 25 year school reunion and he is actually the nicest guy, so she now feels really bad about it!!!

Jodi - posted on 12/26/2010

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My mum told me about the time she stuck a compass in some kid's arse at school..... Apparently he used to pull her pigtails all the time, so one day in class, she was sitting behind him, so she stabbed him with it. She also ended up getting the strap ;P

C. - posted on 12/26/2010

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Ok, I used to always 'sharpen' my candy canes just to see how sharp I could get them using only my mouth. They do get sharp, BUT it's made of sugar, people! It WILL break before it does any harm.

@Bonnie.. Exactly my point! Pens and pencils should be banned before candy canes, of all things.. SMH.

Dana - posted on 12/26/2010

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I love how the author adds the dig at Michelle Obama by misrepresenting her words.

Anyhow, I say, so what, who cares... We all know how it goes, one kid sharpens one to hurt another, another kid gets wind of it and tries it. It might be something that kids in that area are doing because word got spread around. Are kids in our school system doing it where I live, no, so I see no need for them to be banned here, are they having issue there...sounds like it.

Barb - posted on 12/26/2010

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I'm sorry Katherine, i didn't see the second link. I see it now. my apologies.

Katherine - posted on 12/26/2010

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Yes, Barb, I saw that too. I posted 2 links and the other was from the Virgiia ewspaper. They were mainly reprimanded for the candy canes. Thanks for posting :)

Katherine - posted on 12/26/2010

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I had ti have surgery where someone stabbed me with a pencil in my hand.....now candy canes?

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haha...husband has a scar on his arm where some kid stabbed him with a pencil in middle school. As far as I know, pencils are still allowed in our old school

Stifler's - posted on 12/25/2010

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NO. How sad. I agree with banning compasses though, a few kids stabbed each other with those when I went to school.

Tracey - posted on 12/25/2010

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I assume they will also ban paper in case of paper cuts, pencil sharpeners (which contain sharp blades if taken apart) hockey sticks, set squares (pointy ends), dice, cubes, counters, lego and anything mouth sized - choking risk etc?

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If they are going to ban candy canes because of the violence potential than they need to ban pencils and scissors as well, so I don't think it makes any sense.

I will add that the girls have 'sharpened' candy canes before and it IS a very sharp tip, but it is impossible to ban everything w/ a violent potential and bans are NOT the answer.

Lacye - posted on 12/25/2010

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Don't forget to ban the books! They can be weapons too! (They really can because I have seen a high school girl beat another girl upside the back of her head with a book!)

This is just all getting ridiculous. Anything can be made into a weapon. Why worry about a stupid candy cane? Scrooges! all of them!

Jodi - posted on 12/25/2010

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And I'm not commenting on health benefits of anything - you should have seen the shit my kids ate today. It would be very hypocritical of me right now ;P

Barb - posted on 12/25/2010

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LOL Marina, good point, peppermint does have some health benefits!! Probably less sugar than the chocolate milk

~♥Little Miss - posted on 12/25/2010

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Well Barb, they can't! Look at the lunchroom food....the candy cane may have been more nutritious!

Barb - posted on 12/25/2010

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They should have stayed with the taking them away for healthy reasons.

C. - posted on 12/25/2010

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Um.. Last I checked, pens and pencils are more of a safety risk than a candy cane.. Why don't they ban those?

Jocelyn - posted on 12/24/2010

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Holy shit balls.
Don't forget to ban the compasses! Those sharp metal points can break skin!
*headdesk*

~♥Little Miss - posted on 12/24/2010

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LOL...this is silly...I think they should also ban earrings for that matter...OH OH OH..and pens....becouse you know the kids can cut their skin with the earring post and then use the ink for the tatoo!! AHHHAHAHAHAHA..freaking great! Can't make this stuff up!

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