A middle schooler in Akron, Ohio, was suspended after being caught buying a mix of Kool Aid and sugar — something staff thought looked too similar to drugs.
On Sept. 29, Iverson Sibley, 14, — an eighth grader at Akros Middle School — was seen on security cameras making “what looked like a drug-type transaction," according to school officials. In reality, Sibley was buying a mix of Kool Aid and sugar known as “happy crack," 5 ABC News reports.
She was called to the principal’s office, where it was determined that the bag wasn’t full of crack or cocaine like school officials thought.
Sibley was still, however, hit with a five-day suspension.
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“We want to encourage our kids to go to school, to better themselves. This is petty,” Sibley’s mother, Erika Yarborough, told 5 ABC. “She’s out of school for five days, not getting an education, because she had some sugar in her pocket.”
Yarborough subsequently pulled her daughter from the charter school and enrolled her in public school after the suspension.
Akros Middle School later released a statement to 5 ABC addressing the controversy.
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“Akros Middle School opened in 2010 to provide school choice to the parents in the Akron and surrounding areas," the statement read. "Many of our students have moved on to local private high schools and college preparatory schools to further their education.
“It is unfortunate that discipline issues interfere with the educational process; however, many of our parents are appreciative that our school is known for its safe learning environment. We will continue to hold our students with high expectations to prepare them for a successful future.”