Junior High Student Suspended for Supplying Cough Drop 11/15/97

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Colin Dunlap, a junior high school student in West Virginia, was suspended from school for three days last week when he was busted for giving a lozenge to a classmate. School policy requires a parental note for the possession of any over the counter medications.

"That's why they have warning labels" said school nurse Brenda Isaac. "Cough drops appear harmless, but none of them are." Jennifer Dunlap, the student's mother, had a different take on her son's punishment. "A cough drop? I think that's the most asinine thing I've ever heard."

Marsha Rosenbaum, Director of The Lindesmith Center West, commented, "It seems a bad idea to suspend kids for violating school policy. If they are inclined toward deviant behavior, a leave of absence from school only encourages further deviance. As a parent I would prefer more rather than less time at school, and the option of punishing my child as I see fit."

[Source: Associated Press, 11/7, and private communication.]

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