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1st-Grader Busted for Lemon Drops

November 19, 1997

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) _ A 6-year-old boy has been suspended for half a day for bringing ``drugs″ to school _ lemon drops bought in a health food store.

The fire department and an ambulance were called after a teacher found first-grader Seamus Morris giving the candies to a fellow pupil on the playground Oct. 29, said his mother, Shana Morris. She said both boys’ parents were urged to take their children to the hospital for tests, despite her assurances the lemon drops were harmless.

John Bushey, an administrator at Taylor Elementary School, said the half-day suspension was consistent with the district’s drug policy, which treats unfamiliar products as controlled substances.

Ms. Morris called the response ``complete hysteria,″ adding in today’s edition of The Denver Post, ``I can’t believe these people are educating our kids.″

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