School officials have suspended a 10-year-old girl in New York for bringing peppermint oil to the John Mandracchia-Sawmill Intermediate School and giving drops to her fifth grade friends to flavor their water. The Commack School District insists that the oil “is an unregulated over-the-counter drug.”
The peppermint-laden drug dealer is Sara Morton-Greiner. She was suspended for one day.
Now many would argue that this could have been handled as an innocent mistake and the girl given a reprimand and letter for her parents. But peppermint oil has long been recognized as a gateway flavor to Spearmint for “Mento-heads.” Their sweet smelling breath is an well-known indicator of an underground mint-based drug economy at schools. When Sara is clean and her breath is stale, she can resume her education.
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I AM EMBARRASED TO SAY I WORK FOR THE COMMACK SCHOOL DISTRICT, WHEN YOU READ ABOUT SOMETHING AS IDIOTIC AS THIS. IF THE OFFENCE SARAH COMMITTED WAS SO SERIOUS, HOW COME SHE ONLY GOT ONE DAY SUSPENSION??
Keep in mind, this is Commack, Long Island. Long Island school districts are among the best in the country- I know, I grew up a few miles from Commack. The public schools are almost universally better than the private ones.
They’ve just gone overboard with the zero tolerance thing. It’s politics, a way to make sure no one at the school has any liability whatsoever should someone do something stupid. Because on LI there would isntantly be parents suing the school- lots of them.
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