A big fat WTF?

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Burrell schools Superintendent Amy Palermo says products acting as a stimulant are prohibited and possessing them is grounds for disciplinary action.

She says the Jolt brand gum is a stimulant that has no other redeeming quality.

Reading this story about a girl that was suspended from school for three days because she brought to school and shared some Jolt Gum with her friends, had so many thoughts and rants searing through my brain including things like … caffeine is illegal now? Who made caffeine illegal in the schools? What if a parent sends a kid to school with a lunch that includes a can of soda and that student shares his can of soda, will he be suspended? How come … what if … wait. What?

I finally settled on one thought: WTF?!?!

Me thinks the school districts of the Burgh are a wee bit insane.

I have a very very clear recollection of my best friend popping a Vivarin during lunch on more than one occasion. Lord, she’d still be in juvie had it been that way back then. And that was NOT that long ago.

And you know what?  It didn’t kill her.  She’s a successful woman now.  Married.  With three children.

Wait.  I am feeling a bit old.  I need to go lie down.


  1. Matt
    May 26, 2006 11:56 am

    Does this mean that teachers can’t be drinking coffee on the job?

    I guarantee you they don’t crack down on the teachers.

  2. Hazel Hazel
    May 26, 2006 12:41 pm

    This infuriates me. WTF?!?!? is all I can come up with too.

  3. Awesome Comet
    May 30, 2006 10:10 am

    I don’t doubt that these kids have adapted some recipie from the Anarchist’s Cookbook, and together with banana peels and Oxycontin, are whipping themselves up some wicked narcotics and / or improvised explosive devices.

    But setting the petty crusades of school superintendants aside, the whole caffiene craze – gum, drinks, “diet” pills – does alarm me. Except for Quentin Tarantino, the most successful persons tend NOT to be the bug-eyed jittery insomniac types, are they?