Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Banned substance

My son started in a new school district last week. I just found out via a note from his school that Carmex and Chapstick are banned. Good thing Cy-Fair ISD admins are keeping a watchful eye out for dangerous substances!

15 comments:

Funny Circus Bears said...

What could possibly be the reason for banning chap stick?

Leigh A. said...

Seriously??? Why?? have kids found a way to get high with chapstick? :) Are gangs identifying themselves now with a certain flavor of chapstick?
As a child of the 70s and a teenager in the 80s this kind of thing drives me crazy. I really don't get it.

Jason said...

They supposedly can hide ecstacy in the tubes under the chapstick.

http://editorialmatters.lee.net/articles/2009/12/30/stories/top_stories/9unews134.txt

Next thing you know they'll be banning underwear because a kid could hide a bomb in it.

Idiot administrators.

Dan from Madison said...

I was going to guess they ban it because they don't want kids sharing and passing on their flu and whatever else to each other.

Boomers... again. said...

Could this happen under anyone but the Boomers' "leadership"??

The most paranoid generation ever. Paranoid about death, paranoid about aging, paranoid about being supplanted by their own children, and in this particular example -- paranoid about drugs (hypocrisy at its finest).

Mark my words... this type of nonsense will gradually cease over the next 20 years as these incompetent buffoons leave the workforce.

This Blog Is Not Here said...

We used to hide an inhalant drug called Rush in them back in high school. Er, I mean my friends back in the 80's hid Rush in them. Think Vicks on steroids.

Seriously, we as teachers have to be careful which dry erase markers we buy. I learned the hard way after my kids were huffing the living hell out of my dry erase markers instead of using them on the dry erase response boards. One kid could actually run an entire pen dry in a period if I didn't watch it. I had a friend who had a kid light a joint when they stepped outside the room to discipline a kid. Seriously. They came back in and smelled the weed.

I caught 3 kids smoking weed in the bathroom, one kid with a boatload of xanax and ritalin in his hoodie, and two knives. And I don't teach in the really nasty schools.

@Leigh - yup, gangs do. We've had gangs identify themselves by everything from using specific clothing items down to anything with a specific color which lead to that color getting banned. Then the gangs go to identifying themselves by the way they hold their notebooks and put their hands in their pockets.
Seriously.
Fights have broken out because the guys were holding different numbers of fingers out in their pockets which identified each as active members of two stupid different gangs.

Lou Minatti said...

When I was a boy I carried my Boy Scout knife everywhere, including school. It was just no big deal... all the boys had pocket knives. Now? Such an act would be a terroristic threat and the child would be arrested.

Lou Minatti said...

Seriously, we as teachers have to be careful which dry erase markers we buy.

Jeebus! Where do you teach? Fort Apache?

Bill in NC said...

I'm just waiting for some kid with asthma to die because they required his rescue inhaler to be kept in the school office instead of out on the playground when the kid has an acute attack.

No ambulance could get there fast enough.

3 minutes without air...

This Blog Is Not Here said...

Actually Bill, they can fall under 504 accommodations I think or other rules that specifically allow kids to carry rescue inhalers. That is IF AND ONLY IF a doctor says it is medically necessary. No OTCs are allowed at all.

I have a student that always has an inaler and is allowed to. Same is true for some kids that are very diabetic. I have to watch them for signs of shock and almost every school will have a good number of teachers that are trained to respond. Sad thing is, if we aren't trained and we do respond and something happens to the kid, we are so totally screwed.

Now if a kid just has mild asthma, then yes, their inhaler will be in the nurses office. If you knew the number of little kids on everything from anxiety meds to some seriously heavy duty anti-psychotics would curl your toes.

Lou, I teach in Pasadena. It's Title 1 but nothing close to what my friends that teach in Galveston, Houston, or Alief go through. It does feel a bit like Stand and Deliver at times but these kids really need someone like me that wants to make a difference.

w said...

Pasadena huh? So you know how the kids in South Pasadena carry little tiny abacuses hidden in their Chapsticks.

This Blog Is Not Here said...

Funny but I showed my kids last year how to use an abacus as well as a slide rule. I could hardly remember how to work the slide rule but they thought it was cool. Same day I showed them "vedic math" so that they had a chance to see that there is more than one way to skin a cat.

The kids in Pasadena are actually pretty cool once you get to know them.

Funny Circus Bears said...

So it is still unclear as to why exactly chap stick is banned. Hiding pills? Passing germs? Gang related? What?

It's chap stick for chrissakes.

This Blog Is Not Here said...

@FCB - ANY over the counter drug (yes it's technically a drug) is not allowed. Ironically, if the Chap Stick people would just stick pigment in them then they could call it lipstick and then people could carry it.

Stupid

Funny Circus Bears said...

A drug huh? Of course, how could I have missed that.