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Posted on December 25 2010 6:00 am
Chris Queen hails from Covington, GA. Check out his blog, Random Thoughts From The Revolution, and follow him on Twitter.

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8. Hey Kids, Leave That Cheer At Home!

Even goofy, well-intentioned kids with too much time on their hands can be slammed these days for trying to spread a little Christmas cheer. At Battlefield High School in Haymarket, Virginia, a group of ten students who call themselves the “Christmas Sweater Club” because they wear the aforementioned laughable sweaters at Christmas and sing a lot of Christmas songs, got in trouble for passing out candy canes before school.

“They said, ‘maliciously maim students with the intent to injure.’ And I don’t think any of us here intentionally meant to injure anyone, or did,” said Zakk Rhine, a junior at Battlefield High School.

The boys say they were just tossing small two-inch candy canes to fellow students as they entered school. The ones in plastic wrap that are so small they often break apart.

Skylar Torbett, also a junior, said administrators told him, “They said the candy canes are weapons because you can sharpen them with your mouth and stab people with them.” He said neither he nor any of their friends did that.

Next thing they knew, they were all being punished with detention and at least two hours of cleaning. Their disciplinary notices say nothing about malicious wounding but about littering and creating a disturbance.

“It was at 7 in the morning, before school even starts, so I don’t what we’d be really disrupting,” said Cameron Gleason, also a junior.

It’s obvious that something had to be done to stop this rash of violence caused by sharpened-candy canes. The school had to take a stand against these sticky stabbings, and it’s admirable that they chose to make an example out of tough kids named Zakk and Skylar, so maybe more kids won’t engage in such dastardly deeds. I mean, just look at the video below to see what kind of thugs we’re dealing with here.

But seriously, folks, nothing compares to what the school system told the parents. First off, they couldn’t get their story straight:

Patti Gleason, the mother of Cameron Gleason says, “I am 100 percent sure they did nothing wrong. We’ve gotten so many different stories. It went from maiming kids with candy canes, to littering. And then when received the referral (disciplinary notice) it said ‘disruption.’ So nobody really knew what they were getting in trouble for, they were just making up a whole bunch of different things.”

Another mother was told something even stranger:

The boys’ parents think the school went overboard and maybe administrators were trying to stop their boys from spreading Christmas cheer.

Mother Kathleen Flannery said an administrator called her and explained “not everyone wants Christmas cheer. That suicide rates are up over Christmas, and that they should keep their cheer to themselves, perhaps.”

If by “cheer” they’re referring to those awful sweaters, then the school may be on to something.

Next: Canadian academics weigh in on Christmas trees

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