Yes, kids do stupid things. They always have and always will. But school officials saying dumb things to go along with it is NOT HELPING.
Officials at a Portsmouth Middle School in Rhode Island warned parents last week that they recently became aware of a trend where students were crushing the classic candies into a “fine powder” while still in the wrapper, then either putting the powder in their mouths and exhaling it through the mouth or nose like cigarette smoke, or using a straw or rolled up piece of paper to snort the powder as if it were cocaine.
Nothing new. This type of nonsense has been going on for over 30 years. I’ll attest to stupid kids in my own grade school crushing Tart n’ Tiny candies and mimicking cocaine use. I don’t know why and it gave them nose bleeds but it has NOTHING to do with maggots. Maybe this is just a ploy to gross kids out so they won’t do it. You will not get maggots up your nose but you look like a complete idiot regardless.
“The story here is how this school responded in a way that’s inappropriate to my mind,” he said. “If your goal is to keep kids from dangerous drugs, the worst thing you can do is make your own advisories look like a joke.”
Snorting substances up your nose will lead to irritation, possibly infections or allergy or asthma attacks, any of which can be serious. No maggots.