Mich. School Bans Smarties, Pixy Stix As Health Threats

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

GRAND RAPIDS TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) -- A middle school near Grand Rapids has banned sugary Smarties candy, saying it's being crushed and inhaled and can be a gateway to "inappropriate substances."

Northern Hills Middle School is part of the Forest Hills district. Principal Nancy Susterka says there are credible reports that kids are crushing the Smarties and inhaling the powder. She says it can cause infections, chronic coughing and choking.

In an email to parents Friday, the principal says "huge numbers" of Smarties wrappers have been found at the school. Susterka has also banned Pixy Stix.

She tells parents she wants to keep their kids healthy and safe.

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  • by Anonymous on May 9, 2011 at 08:44 AM
    Becuase of this, I think we should cut education spending?!?!?!
  • by Pixie_stick_addict on May 8, 2011 at 06:13 AM
    It started in jr. high with just one or two a week, now I am up to a supermarket sized case a week. Really though, I remember 20 years ago in JR.HIGH some idiots were snorting candy. How they can say this will make them do drugs in the long run is a stretch, as far as I know, you don't get a buzz off snorting sugar...and that sour taste draining from your sinuses in your throat burns just a little bit.
  • by Lyle on May 8, 2011 at 03:29 AM
    Once again the united states, Michigan in this case proves you only as free as they allow you to be. What's next ban all soda because so much is used in mixed drinks and could lead to inappropriate drinking habits. Here's an idea, give them something to do or I don't know build them a place to have appropriate fun.
  • by Dor Location: Jackson on May 8, 2011 at 12:13 AM
    You got to be kidding me, empty wrappers????
  • by amk Location: fowlerville on May 7, 2011 at 05:28 PM
    Kids are stupid. Its. Sad that they have to ban them cause kids aren't smart enough to know you eat candy not snort it.
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