• Peppermint oil at school results in suspension

    Date: 01.25.10 | by Judge Tom.

    The label on the bottle says it should be kept out of reach of children. However, ten year old Sara Greiner of Commack, New York brought peppermint oil to school in December, 2009. She put a few drops in her water bottle and shared some with two classmates.

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    Sara’s mother explained that the oil is organic and contained no alcohol. She and Sara use it at home as a soothing remedy to flavor their water. The school saw it differently.

    The school superintendent stated that the fifth grader violated the school’s code of conduct by bringing an over-the-counter substance to the school. Sara received a one-day in-school suspension. Her mother is asking the school for an apology and a clean record. The school stands by it’s¬†decision and legal action may be taken.

    For more about zero tolerance policies, see:  http://askthejudge.info/has-zero-tolerance-at-school-gone-too-far/237/

    Judge Tom

    This post was written by Judge Tom. Judge Tom is the founder and moderator of AsktheJudge.info. He is a retired juvenile judge and spent 23 years on the bench. He has written several books for lawyers and judges as well as teens and parents including the recently published 'Teen Cyberbullying Investigated' (Free Spirit Publishing). When he's not answering teens' questions, Judge Tom can be found hiking, traveling and reading.

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    • donnie
      Mon, 25 Jan 2010 at 09:22

      wow, school systems have been gettn outa hand, they think they are our parent and they can controll us, nope! lol

    • KellyAnn
      Mon, 25 Jan 2010 at 05:29

      ya this is ridiclious! Thats like the flavoured-water or powders! especially after the mom explained! crazy what happens in schools these days….

    • David
      Mon, 25 Jan 2010 at 06:20

      So after Aircraft, schools are also banning liquid!

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