Wednesday, March 12, 2008
Pathetic or NOT?
In New Haven, Connecticut, Michael Sheridan, an eighth-grade honors student, 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.
Yes...you heard that right - for buying a bag of Skittles. Are you f&^%%$ kidding me?
Catherine Sullivan-DeCarlo, the school's spokesperson, says the New Haven school system banned candy sales in 2003 as part of a districtwide school wellness policy. And although, Michael's suspension has been reduced from three days to one, he has still not been reinstated as class vice president.
So, we all know that child obesity is at an all-time high in North America - in fact 19% of children between 9 and 16 years old are classified as obese. However, this is pathetic from a society standpoint and parenting standpoint that it has come to this. That is truly an all-time low when kids get penalized for buying a bag of candy...let alone enjoying some.
Just another example of ALL or NOTHING...never in between. And if this is what it is truly going to take to bring it full cycle the other way (living & eating healthy) then I guess that is what it will take -
but we will leave that for you to decide.