Kids these days and their fake marijuana leaves, amirite?
Is this real weed? I dunno. It's from a stock photo, so... probably.
While the country warms up to the legalization of marijuana, this middle school is cracking down on the fake stuff.
A "gifted-and-talented" student at Bedford Middle School in Bedford, Virginia brought a pot leaf to school and bragged about it to his friends. When an assistant principal found the leaf and a lighter in his bag, the 6th grader was suspended from school.
Let's set aside for a moment the reality that one random pot leaf does not a killer high make. The fact is, it wasn't even a pot leaf! It was some dumb leaf the kid thought looked like pot. According to the Roanoke Times, the school tested the pot leaf three times just to make sure they didn't capture the world's least loaded drug dealer and, sure enough, it was just some ordinary leaf. Nevertheless, the kid is still not allowed back in school.
Per the school's zero-tolerance, totally square policy, "imitation drugs" are just as prohibited as the real thing.
According to the school's anti-drug policy,
"The unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensation, possession, use or being under the influence of alcohol, anabolic steroids, or any narcotic drug, hallucinogenic drug, amphetamine, barbiturate, marijuana or other controlled substance … [or] imitation controlled substances or drug paraphernalia while on school property, while going to and from school, or while engaged in or attending any school-sponsored or school approved activity or event, is prohibited, and will result in an automatic recommendation of expulsion.”
Basically, the 11-year-old is in as much trouble as he'd have been if he'd brought actual weed.
He was sentenced to be home-schooled during the six months it took for authorities to actually test the leaf and admit that it wasn't really pot. Fortunately, both his parents are teachers. Now he is allowed back at school, but he must attend a different one, away from all of his friends. In addition to that, school officials will be checking his bag before and after school every day until his year-long probation is over.
His parents told the Roanoke Times that the punishment has caused their normally "happy-go-lucky" kid stress. He is now "under the care of a pediatric psychiatrist for panic attacks and depression."
That sucks, but once that kid is off probation, I totally know something that could cure that.