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High school students suspended for possession of energy mints

Posted by on Oct. 9, 2012 at 8:04 AM
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High school students suspended for possession of energy mints

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By | The Lookout - 19 hrs ago

A group of high school students in Pekin, Ill., were suspended last week after school officials suspected the mints they were eating were actually illegal drugs.

Jason McMichael, the father of one of the students, told the Journal Star that his 17-year-old son Eric was suspended for two days from Pekin Community High School and not allowed to attend the school's homecoming festivities after staffers found four students eating energy mint tablets that are marketed like caffeine energy drinks.

McMichael said he received a phone call from the dean's office informing him of his son's suspension and that the teen was being monitored by the school nurse for an elevated heart rate-though McMichael doesn't believe it was due to the energy mints.

"He's never been in trouble," McMichael said. "He was probably just nervous."

Eric McMichael said he and three others were eating Revive tablets-touted as "nature's energy mints"-in the school cafeteria when they were disciplined.

"People bring energy drinks to school every day," the teen told Central Illinois' WMBD-TV. "I see this every day and we get in trouble for energy mints?"

According to EnergyFiend.com, each mint contains 101 milligrams of caffeine along with guarana, green tea, ginseng, acai, mangosteen and goji. The Revive brand is endorsed by several MMA fighters and fitness pageant contestants.

McMichael's father said school officials later admitted they did not know if the chewable, unmarked mints were, in fact, illegal drugs but upheld the suspensions anyway, saying the teens displayed "gross misconduct for taking an unknown product."

"Now they know nothing illegal happened," McMichael said on Friday, "but they're still pursuing the suspension." 

Superintendent Paula Davis told the paper that while she was not able to discuss the incident, school officials would have been within their rights to discipline the students if they were seen "ingesting things that look like unmarked pills."

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atlmom2
by Susie on Oct. 9, 2012 at 8:53 AM
School doesn't want a school high on caffeine.
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Punkie74
by Ruby Member on Oct. 9, 2012 at 9:02 AM

Sure but then they need to ban the stuff not randomly suspend kids for something they don't have a reason to know they can get in trouble for.

Quoting atlmom2:

School doesn't want a school high on caffeine.


Courtney610
by Courtney on Oct. 9, 2012 at 9:10 AM
1 mom liked this
I could use some of those right now.

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nova.mommy
by Bronze Member on Oct. 9, 2012 at 9:27 AM

I wonder how they were taking them.  Where they huddling in a corner or exhibiting other manners that would make others think they were doing something wrong?  If so, what the school did was in its rights to stop 'harmful' behavior that may influence or harm other students.  

And as far as the father saying his son had never been in trouble, parents don't know everything the children do.

For Example:  When I was in school, there was a brother and sister selling drugs out of their house(when parents where not home).  When the kids were arrested, the parents had no idea what was going on in their house.  They both worked in the intelligence field.  So parents don't 'know all' about their child if they are not right along side their child 24 hours a day.

gabby416
by on Oct. 9, 2012 at 3:11 PM

 They wouldn't be "high", they are 17 years old, I think that is at their own discretion, who the hell is the school to decide, this is ridiculous.  I mean, I know drugs are out of control these days, but they should have undone the suspension as soon as they realized it was simply a mint.  This is just so ridiculous it's not even funny.  I would be infuriated.

Quoting atlmom2:

School doesn't want a school high on caffeine.

 

atlmom2
by Susie on Oct. 9, 2012 at 3:36 PM
Caffeine is a drug. What if they took 10 of them?


Quoting gabby416:

 They wouldn't be "high", they are 17 years old, I think that is at their own discretion, who the hell is the school to decide, this is ridiculous.  I mean, I know drugs are out of control these days, but they should have undone the suspension as soon as they realized it was simply a mint.  This is just so ridiculous it's not even funny.  I would be infuriated.


Quoting atlmom2:

School doesn't want a school high on caffeine.

 


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gabby416
by on Oct. 9, 2012 at 4:17 PM

 then they'd get really hyper and then crash, Caffiene is a drug?  Are you comparing it to the same drugs such as zanex, or speed? or any other Drug?   

Quoting atlmom2:

Caffeine is a drug. What if they took 10 of them?


Quoting gabby416:

 They wouldn't be "high", they are 17 years old, I think that is at their own discretion, who the hell is the school to decide, this is ridiculous.  I mean, I know drugs are out of control these days, but they should have undone the suspension as soon as they realized it was simply a mint.  This is just so ridiculous it's not even funny.  I would be infuriated.


Quoting atlmom2:

School doesn't want a school high on caffeine.

 


 

atlmom2
by Susie on Oct. 9, 2012 at 4:24 PM
Search "is caffeine a drug". It is a stimulant.


Quoting gabby416:

 then they'd get really hyper and then crash, Caffiene is a drug?  Are you comparing it to the same drugs such as zanex, or speed? or any other Drug?   


Quoting atlmom2:

Caffeine is a drug. What if they took 10 of them?



Quoting gabby416:


 They wouldn't be "high", they are 17 years old, I think that is at their own discretion, who the hell is the school to decide, this is ridiculous.  I mean, I know drugs are out of control these days, but they should have undone the suspension as soon as they realized it was simply a mint.  This is just so ridiculous it's not even funny.  I would be infuriated.



Quoting atlmom2:

School doesn't want a school high on caffeine.


 



 


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gabby416
by on Oct. 9, 2012 at 4:33 PM

 correct.  However, it is nothing like speed, or coke, or anything else.  If they cannot have a damned mint, they should not be allowed soda either, that contains caffiene as well, they shouldn't be allowed most pain releivers then either.  It's not like we are talking about 7 years old here, we are talk about 17 year olds.  LOL.  The propblem here isn't what they were taking, it is what they thought they were taking.  Also, what I stated was my personal opinion, which I am entitled to and I am really not looking to get into a heated discussion over something so absurd. 

atlmom2
by Susie on Oct. 9, 2012 at 4:42 PM
Rofl, you are the one that commented to me first.


Quoting gabby416:

 correct.  However, it is nothing like speed, or coke, or anything else.  If they cannot have a damned mint, they should not be allowed soda either, that contains caffiene as well, they shouldn't be allowed most pain releivers then either.  It's not like we are talking about 7 years old here, we are talk about 17 year olds.  LOL.  The propblem here isn't what they were taking, it is what they thought they were taking.  Also, what I stated was my personal opinion, which I am entitled to and I am really not looking to get into a heated discussion over something so absurd. 


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