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It Wasn’t Exactly Coke

Keenan Shaw says his offense wasn’t that bad. “There’s kids selling smokes, there was a kid last year selling meth, as well as a kid selling acid.” The 12th grader sold Pepsi out of his locker at Winston Churchill High School in Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada, and when he wouldn’t stop, it led to a two-day suspension. “We can’t just have anyone coming into the school selling anything they want in the school,” said Lethbridge schools superintendent Cheryl Gilmore. But Gilmore agrees that a Pepsi doesn’t justify a suspension. “We would talk to them about why it doesn’t follow our nutrition policy,” she said, apparently speaking hypothetically to avoid violating student privacy. What might get a hypothetical student suspended? “Persistent or chronic disobedience or disregard for district or school rules.” (AC/CBC) ...Even if he never learns about nutrition, he’d better learn to obey.
Original Publication Date: 28 September 2014
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