School Suspends 11-Year-Old Over Leaf That Looks Like Marijuana

Jessica Renae Buxbaum
School suspends student for having a leaf in his backpack that looked like marijuana.

Virginia school suspends an 11-year-old for one year over a leaf that wasn't marijuana

A 11-year-old student in the gifted-and-talented program at Bedford Middle School in Virginia was suspended for a year in September after the assistant principal found what appeared to be a marijuana leaf in his backpack. Problem is, the leaf wasn’t actually weed.

Juvenile court dropped the case against the student after the leaf was tested negative for marijuana three times, but the school policies are stricter considering “imitation drugs” grounds for punishment just as much as actual drugs are. So if your kid brings oregano to school and pretends its marijuana or other students assume it is, that’s grounds for expulsion.

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School authorities say the student was jokingly showing the leaf to students and saying it was pot, but his parents say he would not do that and believe another student put the leaf in his backpack as a prank. Either way, the kid clearly did not have drugs on him and an immature joke shouldn’t be the reason for kicking a bright kid out of school.

The student was allowed to return to school this week, but has to go to a different school and is still under probation until September. The student will be searched for drugs at the beginning and end of each school day for the remainder of his probation.

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