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.