Teens Get Detention for Handing Out Candy Canes at School

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The Christmas season is all about giving, but when 10 students at Battlefield High School in Haymarket, Va. handed out candy canes to their peers at school, they, in turn, received detention.

The students, who call themselves the "Christmas Sweater Club," are all about spreading holiday cheer, but this year, they got in trouble for tossing two-inch candy canes to their friends as they entered campus.
"They said the candy canes are weapons because you can sharpen them with your mouth and stab people with them," junior Skylar Torbett told WUSA 9 of what the school's administrators said to him.

"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," junior Zakk Rhine added.

According to the report, the students were all given detention and at least two hours of cleaning. Their disciplinary notices do not mention anything about the malicious nature of their acts, but do cite littering and creating a disturbance as reasons for the punishment.

Principal Amy Etheridge-Conti says the boys did more than just hand out candy, and that the discipline was appropriate. The students admitted the candy canes may have caused litter since some of the items were dropped on the floor, but they spent time cleaning everything up.

What do you think about the incident? Did the school have the right to punish the "Christmas Sweater Club" for what they did? Or do you think the boys were innocently trying to spread holiday cheer? %Poll-57893%


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