Using Candy To Imitate Drugs Not New And Not Life-Threatening

Punishments In Northwest Arkansas Range From A Warning To Expulsion

Posted: January 27, 2014 at 5 a.m.

PHOTO ILLUSTRATION SAMANTHA BAKER • @NWASAMANTHA Some students are crushing up different types of candy and snorting the powder to mimic drug use, despite the potential hazards to their health.

Karla Gutierrez was in middle school when she saw a boy crush Smarties in a wrapper, then smoke it like a cigarette. He ended up coughing and said it burned his throat.

At A Glance

District Policies For Look-Alike Drugs On Campus

Springdale — Discipline on a case-by-case basis with a punishment up to suspension or expulsion.

Rogers — Punishment or suspension for 10 days. If the student undergoes a drug assessment and has no problems with drugs or alcohol, the suspension is reduced to five days.

Bentonville — Listed as a “major offense” and may be treated the same as a legitimate drug depending on the situation. Discipline on a case-by-case basis with punishment ranging from a warning to expulsion.

Fayetteville — Did not provide requested information by deadline.

Source: Staff Report

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