Controversy Over Happy Crack Sold At School

12-year-old Alex Tome spent the day working on his dirt bike since he wasn't allowed in the classroom.

He says he and a few other 7th graders at Falcon Middle School were suspended after buying these straws filled with "Happy Crack"... which is made up of orange or watermelon Kool Aid powder and sugar.

He says they paid 25 cents a straw, buying the concoction from a new student who was fundraising... trying to make money for the Kony 2012 movement... a project aimed at stopping the Ugandan warlord, Joseph Kony.

Alex says, "I made a mistake of buying something, but at the same time I also knew what it was. I've even researched it. They're trying to make a good cause, but it turned out to be bad."

Alex's mother took him to the doctor for a urine test to make sure what was in his system wouldn't hurt him.

She says her calls to the principal went unanswered, so she made a Call for Action.

She wanted something in writing about Alex's suspension since the policy is mentioned in the district handbook.

Mary Beth says, "That's why I went through the book. No paperwork. I want something in writing. I want something in writing."

Falcon School District 49 tells me the reason the Tomes didn't get a written notice is because Alex's suspension was supposed to be served at school. The only one to receive a tougher, out of school suspension was the 7th grader who was selling the powder.

The district says the students were punished because their behavior was disruptive. Other students reportedly were upset and told teachers, they were afraid the straws really did contain crack.
After our calls, the district sent this letter home with students, explaining what happened and how they handled it.

The Tomes say they've learned a lot from this incident and Alex won't be buying anymore homemade fun powders, no matter how worthy the cause.

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  • by Anonymous on Apr 9, 2012 at 01:52 PM
    This is a waste of space, and time to be reporting this. If we are allowing our students to pretend that they are buying "Crack", is ok, then we as parents have messed up. I think Suspension was the best option for this matter. Children need to realize that pretending they are taking "crack" or any powder substance is not ok!!
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