School Kicks Gifted 11-Yr-Old Student out for Having Marijuana… That Just Turned out to Be an Ordinary Leaf

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Let’s start from the beginning.

What is the definition of a “school?” Let’s look that up.

According to Dictionary.com, a school is “an institution where instruction is given, especially to persons under college age.”

That definition implies there are people at that institution who are intelligent enough that they are somehow in a position to bestow said instruction upon those young persons.

However, in this story, that is decidedly not the case.

Here’s the background in a nutshell as reported at The Roanoke Times:

Some schoolchildren claim another student bragged about having marijuana. They inform school administrators. An assistant principal finds a leaf and a lighter in the boy’s knapsack. The student is suspended for a year. A sheriff’s deputy files marijuana possession charges in juvenile court.

All of the above and more happened last September to the 11-year-old son of Bedford County residents Bruce and Linda Bays. He was a sixth-grader in the gifted-and-talented program at Bedford Middle School.

There was only one problem: Months after the fact, the couple learned the substance wasn’t marijuana. A prosecutor dropped the juvenile court charge because the leaf had field-tested negative three times.

Their son remains out of school — he’s due to return Monday on strict probation. But in the meantime, the events of the past six months have wreaked havoc on the formerly happy-go-lucky boy’s psyche. His parents say he’s withdrawn socially, and is now under the care of a pediatric psychiatrist for panic attacks and depression.

The couple — both are schoolteachers — have filed a federal lawsuit against Bedford County Schools and the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office. It refers to their son only by the initials R.M.B.

Further, the kid claims he has no idea how the leaf got into his bookbag in the first place and that he never showed any leaf to anyone or bragged about anything. When the parents asked to see said leaf, they were told they couldn’t because it had already been submitted into evidence.

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The students who told on the kid for bragging about marijuana also apparently had a whopper of a story about how the kid’s father grows all kinds of marijuana all over the backyard, another unsubstantiated claim.

It looks like what happened is this kid got bullied by some middle schoolers who thought it would be a real funny prank to stick a leaf and a lighter in a kid’s backpack, then turn him in and say it was marijuana.

The problem with that is, there has to be adults in charge who are smart enough not to get fooled by a group of 11-year-olds.

So, instead of giving this kid the benefit of the doubt and testing the leaf first… the people running the show over at Bedford Middle School decided it would be better to completely screw an 11-year-old child up probably for life by immediately believing any old story some other 11-year-olds tell them, not apparently using any common sense whatsoever, and kicking a gifted student out of school for a whole year and having drug charges slapped on him… all without ANY ACTUAL PROOF WHATSOEVER that any crime had even taken place.

Oh, and this apparently happened and became part of the lawsuit which:

…also accuses the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office of malicious prosecution, because Deputy M.M. Calohan, a school resource officer, filed marijuana possession charges against the boy despite field tests that indicated otherwise.

“The field test came back not inconclusive, but negative,” Williams said. “Yet she went to a magistrate and swore he possessed marijuana at school.”

What was that, to save face at that point because they already realized how badly they screwed up?

Who can ever take anything any of these people say about anything seriously ever again?

The war on drugs is already beyond a joke at this point, but now we’ve sunk to this depth. These are the people in charge of public education and our criminal justice system, America.

People who will completely ruin a child, screw up his life, and overreact to the point that it makes soap operas look like CSPAN on a Tuesday and all because they can’t bother to tell the difference between a smoke-able illegal substance and a normal ass leaf.

I don’t even know what else to say. This is the dumbest story I have read all year, perhaps even more ignorant than that time the school suspended the kid for “making a terroristic threat” by declaring he was going to make another kid disappear with his magical one ring from The Hobbit movie.

I actually feel dumber for having read it, for it thus lodging into a crack somewhere in my grey brain matter and possibly staying there forever like the Three’s Company theme song.

Thanks a lot, Bedford County public schools for making me stupid, too.

(Rant continued below.)

Edit: This comment below by Cama9 is spot on, so I thought it should be added:

This from the state that brought us George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Patrick Henry and George Mason just to name a few. They must be turning in the graves writhing in pain at the stupidy that is now Virginia.

According to the original Roanaoke article, under Virginia’s “school system’s anti-drug policy it may not matter whether the leaf was actually marijuana or a similar-looking leaf, such as from a Japanese maple tree.

That’s because the policy treats “lookalike” and “imitation” drugs the same as the real thing. Here’s what it says:

“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.”

Since when is a maple leaf an imitation controlled substance?

Children can’t even bring leaves into the school for Show and Tell – if they even have that any more.

The people of Virginia need to rise up against this abusive behavior and force their legislature to change this policy. Or maybe they need to organize a huge walk out and keep their children home – starve the school system of funds. Home schooling is the way to go, anyway.

Zero tolerance must equal zero common sense.

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  • ymygody

    lucky it wasn’t my kid, or that town would be attending a few funerals.

    • Reverend Draco

      If it were my kid – people would simply disappear in the middle of the night, never to be seen again.

      I wouldn’t give them the honor of a funeral.

      • bill lopez

        sure….fucking internet tough guys.

        • Reverend Draco

          Says the coward.

          • SBIAM

            Please use my comment anytime you see the need. I am sure you will find lots of need lol you can stick a flower in an asshole, but it doesn’t make it a vase.

          • Reverend Draco

            One of the best lines I’ve heard/read in years. . .

          • http://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/political_reading_room/ disqus_3BrONUAJno

            Tis better to be a coward than a criminal.

          • James Michael

            Tis better to do what is right, than put up with evil….

          • http://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/political_reading_room/ disqus_3BrONUAJno

            True, but evil is a religious construct, and I’m not at all religious.

          • James Michael

            Evil is a religious construct? Sound like a sophist moron to me. Wrong doers abound on the Earth, without any religion, unless you are blind…

          • http://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/political_reading_room/ disqus_3BrONUAJno

            Unless you can show a place where evil is objective, we’ll have to assume that it continues to be subjective, as it has always been.
            Sophistry has nothing to do with subjective opinions.

          • James Michael

            Evil is easy to see and is not subjective… Murder is evil…Robbery is evil….Didn’t your mommy and daddy teach you right from wrong…Apparently not…

          • http://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/political_reading_room/ disqus_3BrONUAJno

            Your mommy and daddy didn’t teach you the difference between malum in se and malum prohibitum, either, but that is what you are arguing that there is a difference between.
            Murder and robbery are malum in se. Victimless crimes are malum prohibitum, largely because there is no damaged party to seek redress.

          • James Michael

            Yeah and they are not law either…I know exactly what they are …what is your point?…

            and Malum prohibita is not law because you are our slave and you are going to do it or we’ll murder or cage you….Or does that fly over your mind also…? Slavery was outlawed long ago, pal…

          • http://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/political_reading_room/ disqus_3BrONUAJno

            Everyone is a slave to the degree that they don’t receive everything they earned. Your first two phrases are mutually exclusive. Ad hominem is a tool for those too ignorant to make a cogent point. Can you?

          • Reverend Draco

            Evil is not a religious construct – evil predates religion by tens of tens of thousands of years.
            It’s actually the other way around – religion is a construct of evil.

          • http://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/political_reading_room/ disqus_3BrONUAJno

            Evil is a value judgement, usually based on someone’s opinion of something they don’t like.
            Aside from that, religion has been the excuse for more evil than just about anything else since it’s creation.

          • Reverend Draco

            There are a few things that are just evil, regardless of values – well, unless you have no values at all, I suppose.

            It’s a toss-up between religion and government. . . considering that they both came to be at approximately the same time, it may be too close to c all.

          • http://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/political_reading_room/ disqus_3BrONUAJno

            All of the earliest governments were monarchies, where the person in charge was “ordained” by a deity.
            Like I said, unless you can refer us to a objective definition of evil, it is subjective.
            If I consider anything evil, it would be what the government does in contravention of the Constitution. On the other hand, most of those “heroes” that we celebrate have committed treason in service to their government, by violating their oath to the Constitution, and hence, the Constitution itself.

          • Reverend Draco

            In Wonderland, perhaps. . .

          • http://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/political_reading_room/ disqus_3BrONUAJno

            Since most of the courage lauded by Americans is illusory, as best, that would be as appropriate a place as any.

        • James Michael

          Try me…”We the People” are tired of these wrongdoing felons and thugs Especially lying scumbag cops and moronic school people…

  • sharonsj

    Unfortunately it will the the taxpayers footing the court costs and awards and not the morons responsible.

  • cama9

    This from the state that brought us George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Patrick Henry and George Mason just to name a few. They must be turning in the graves writhing in pain at the stupidy that is now Virginia.
    According to the original Roanaoke article, under Virginia’s
    “school system’s anti-drug policy it may not matter whether the leaf was actually marijuana or a similar-looking leaf, such as from a Japanese maple tree.
    That’s because the policy treats “lookalike” and “imitation” drugs the same as the real thing. Here’s what it says:
    “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.”
    Since when is a maple leaf an imitation controlled substance?
    Children can’t even bring leaves into the school for Show and Tell – if they even have that any more.
    The people of Virginia need to rise up against this abusive behavior and force their legislature to change this policy. Or maybe they need to organize a huge walk out and keep their children home – starve the school system of funds. Home schooling is the way to go, anyway.

    • Melissa Melton

      Amazing comment, will add.

      • cama9

        Thank you. I’m humbled. I was also thinking about how Washington and Jefferson both grew hemp. I wonder if they teach that at the school.
        Also, during fall when leaves are scattered everywhere, can the authorities arrest the principle for allowing ‘immitation controlled substances’ on school grounds?

  • Mike

    All it would have taken was one administrator with common sense to look it up to see what it was BEFORE TAKING ACTION. But with zero tolerance there is ZERO COMMON SENSE IN SCHOOLS.

  • mirageseekr

    Zero tolerance = Zero logic

  • doucyet

    Played by 11 year old pranksters………………….and the liberal pricks will fight and lie to the end to cover their asses.

    • anonoman

      That just proves that even the kids are aware of how stupid and gullible the adults have become. They knew what the reaction would be like and they were right.

  • fatwillie

    The imbeciles and idiots are running the show, from the white house, through the congress and senate all the way down to local govt. and school boards, and the entire education system. These people making valued decisions on others lives have not the IQ, brain, or thinking ability of a dead fly. I am embarrassed at this nation for becoming the laughing stock of the world. If I had children of school age, the last place you would find them would be in any public school building.

    • James Michael

      The one in the White house is a murdering traitor and being a constitutional teacher, he darned well knows it…

  • tophand62

    Why has no one noted that you don’t smoke the leaves of cannabis? You only smoke the buds…So having a look-a-like pot leaf is not a crime because the leaves are not controlled substances….

    • http://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/political_reading_room/ disqus_3BrONUAJno

      Since when isn’t a leaf a bud, bud?
      All of the psychoactive agents are in the oil that the plant exudes onto the leaf to protect itself from damaging solar wavelengths.

      • tophand62

        You really should do more research before commenting…And it is not up to me to educate stupid people…

        • http://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/political_reading_room/ disqus_3BrONUAJno

          If you were as educated as you claim, you’d know that stupid people aren’t much more educable than you are,

    • stillnotregistering

      Wrong. Look alike plants aren’t illegal, but cannabis leaves with or without THC are still illegal to possess federally and in most states. These laws have only been on the books for 70+ years, where have you been?

  • stillnotregistering

    Today’s public schools are run like prisons. Getting kids ready for incarceration?

    • http://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/political_reading_room/ disqus_3BrONUAJno

      If we had any sense, we would never send an inmate back after they are paroled by expellation. The average child can learn more surfing their interests on the Internet than attending any public fool system.

  • davol

    Just goes to show us all that if the children are actually smarter than the grown ups who are swearing their fealty to no-tollerance stupidities then those smarter children will game the institutionalized stupidity for kicks and giggles. Should stupidity really be a policy for schools in the first place? Sounds like one of those oxi-morons.

  • Dr NoNo

    First of all, Assistant Principal Brian Wilson and school operations chief Frederick “Mac” Duis need to not only bend over backwards to apologize to the student and family that they wrongly attacked, but they both need to be fired or otherwise be kicked out of any job where they are able to abuse children. It is obvious that these two are, in my opinion, hysterical and rabid.

    Second, school resource officer MS Deputy M.M. Calohan, has to be charged with lying (based on and according to multiple reports, she went to a magistrate and swore he possessed marijuana knowing the test came back negative 3 times) and she needs to be also kicked off the force and stand in front of a jury.

    Third, Bedford Sheriff Mike Brown has to be held accountable for malicious prosecution/persecution.
    http://www.co.bedford.va.us/res/sheriff/about.html

    Good luck with the lawsuit.

    Public record…
    http://bedfordms.sharpschool.net/contact_us

    • James Michael

      Perjury and treason of oath, are both felonies…

  • Gordon Klock

    I keep getting this totally paranoid notion that this kind of destructive stupidity is part of some sort of ‘hidden strategy’ that they don’t want us to figure out in its entirety, till it’s too late.
    NOBODY is as stupid as these people pretended to be……
    ( poor kid )

    • http://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/political_reading_room/ disqus_3BrONUAJno

      They are simply trying to get us all used to being thought of and treated like the criminals the profusion of laws are turning us into.

  • http://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/political_reading_room/ disqus_3BrONUAJno

    If he’s gifted, what the hell is he doing in a public day prison? Time to adopt the Ron Paul Curriculum.

  • SBIAM

    Remember You Can Put a Flower in an ASSHOLE But that doesn’t make it a VASE. Teachers are schooled but it doesn’t give them commonsense

  • Violator

    and a child shall lead them…

  • http://anenemyofthestate.wordpress.com/ Bevin Chu

    In fact, marijuana is just an ordinary leaf.
    The entire notion of certain plants being evil is laughable.

    NB: I don’t smoke marijuana. No attraction to it. I’m merely telling it like it is.

    The idea that some people have the right to tell others what they may or may not smoke, or drink, or eat is ridiculous. Who the f**k do they think they are???