Possession of the powder mix sugar and red Kool-Aid resulted in the Happy Crack School Suspension of nine students at the Eagle Nest Elementary School in South Carolina. Parents were highly upset and admitted that they are aware and understand the school policy but believe in this incident the school did not use common sense and reacted too harshly. Parents expressed that the children should have been disciplined in a less harsh way not suspended and missing important school work.
Happy Crack School Suspension Policy
It is the policy of the school district that possession of any substance that resembles an illegal substance while not illegal itself is against school policy.
After discussions with the parent’s students were written up as a level 1 offense and allowed to return to school. However, South Carolina law regards this as a level 3 offense and deemed as criminal conduct.
A year ago at a charter school in Ohio, a student was suspended for five days for trading “Happy Crack” for school coupons. In this situation, the school administrators would not reduce the level of the offense.
School officials take the stand that they do not want substances on premises that look like illegal drugs. Promoting an anti-drug culture is first and foremost to administration.
In both situations, school administrators expressed the goal of working with the parents to understand how to prevent these mistakes to protect the futures of the students.
Happy Crack History
Happy crack has been showing up in the schools for several years. The goal of the students is to make it and sell to other students in school. I find it weird that a mixture of sugar and Kool-Aid that can usually be found in most homes with little children would end up being an undercover commodity for sale.
Perhaps the supply and demand is due to many parents now paying attention to what they feed their children at home and opt to have fruits and more nutritious snacks versus sugar and Kool-Aid that is filled with chemicals and dyes.
There are health concerns to be considered children who are diabetic are at risk of purchasing happy crack in school knowing at home their diet is restricted.
There have been a few reports that some middle school students are snorting the powder even though reportedly you cannot get high but it can cause a serious sugar rush. However, most just like to lick the mixture off of their fingers.
Happy Crack Signs of use
- red discoloration of fingers due to the dye in the Kool-Aid
- students who are using happy crack tend to keep both hands under their desk at school
Happy Crack School Suspension Summary
Sadly children who know the difference and who are not using illegal drugs have become enchanted with mimicking the behavior of drug dealers. They do this by placing the powder in baggies or tissue and sell it to others. Do I think the schools have gone too far by having this policy my answer is NO!
Illegal drug use is a serious issue in schools. More so in some areas than in others. Our educators should be doing just that educating our children not spending the day trying to determine if a substance found is really cocaine, heroin, etc. Therefore why not have an across the board policy. I don’t want schools spending money on drug testing kits I want them to purchase books and pay teachers more. My thoughts are we must keep the children safe.
This reminds me of when I hear people complaining about the security measures at the airport. My thoughts keep me and everyone safe. If this is what it takes for me to get on a safe plane than do what you have to do.
I do have empathy for the parent’s concerns that the discipline is too rigid. None of the parents involved expressed having a problem with the policy until it involved their children. Thousands of baggies passed around in schools do not hold sugar and Kool-aide they consist of drugs that can kill.
There is nothing innocent about mimicking drug culture. A skill is being developed.
- prepare your bundle
- sneak it into school
- sell your product in secret
- keep secrets from parents and teachers
- celebrate your earnings be it money, candy, coupons, etc.
So it’s your turn now. Do you think the administrators are being overly concerned and strict about the possession of happy crack in school? Do you have any suggestions on how this could be handled and keep the schools safe?
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