Is it wrong that this shit cracks me up?

31 Mar

Five 8th Graders Charged With Laxative-Laced Doughnut Prank

HOLTSVILLE, N.Y. —  Some eighth graders got an early start on April Fool’s Day when they handed out doughnuts laced with laxatives to classmates, but it was no laughing matter when five were ticketed by police.

There were no apparent injuries but ambulances were dispatched Friday to Sequoya Middle School on Long Island as a precaution, a spokeswoman for the Sachem School District said.

Suffolk County Police said 19 students and a teacher ingested some of the doped doughnuts. They were screened by the school nurse, Holtsville Rescue personnel and field physicians from the county health department.

Two 13-year-olds and three 14-year-olds were charged with second-degree tampering with a consumer product. The teens, who were not identified because of their age, were issued appearance tickets for Family Court and released to their parents’ custody.

Classes proceeded as usual, but parents were given the option to pick up their children. The district also said it would take “appropriate disciplinary action.”

Is it also wrong for me to wonder why this shit is a crime now? We used to do shit like this to kids-they spent an hour or two in the bathroom, and plotted their revenge. Is there anything a kid can do anymore?

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11 Responses to “Is it wrong that this shit cracks me up?”

  1. Judy March 31, 2007 at 11:21 am #

    Honestly, that was my first reaction too – should this be a crime? I discussed it with my husband this morning. The thing is, it has the potential to cause very serious, even life-threatening, harm. My husband said he did the same thing as a kid – handed out ex-lax bars as candy – but realizes now how stupid and dangerous it was.

    If all they get is a little bit, probably no big deal. But if someone eats a whole bunch of a laxative without knowing it, especially after recovering from an illness or something, they could end up very very sick, dehydrated, hospitalized.

    My first, gut reaction: silly school prank. But I thought about it: if it was a teacher or another adult who did it, everyone would be outraged and it would definitely be a crime. If a child ended up hospitalized as a result, people would NOT laugh, and would want the kids punished. If your kid ended up in the hospital because someone at school gave her laxative-laced food, would you just laugh it off? I know I wouldn’t.

    I remember several years ago, some kids stole a stop sign, and there was a fatal crash as a result. I’m sure those kids never once considered that could be the end result of their silly prank, and I’m sure most people who give out laxatives never consider that serious illness could be the result of that silly prank.

    I’m supportive of the punishment if it does nothing else but shows kids in other places that these actions CAN be serious, and can have very serious consequences. I’m not certain I think they should be charged with a crime, but I do think there should be punishment, and a serious one. It is potentially on the same level of poisoning, or giving a child with a food allergy something containing that food.

  2. Eden March 31, 2007 at 1:21 pm #

    Gah.

    A girl in my high school did this. She was colorguard captain, went boozing before a game and the girl who was 2nd in command snitched so the captain would get the sack and she’d be captain. So later the sacked captain made Ex-Lax brownies and served them to that girl and her friends as a “peace offering.” It was classic & hilarious, esp since no one was rooting for either side in that case.

  3. Mogo March 31, 2007 at 2:12 pm #

    haha… in high school a friend of a girl I was dating was getting pretty flirty with me… I was just trying to ignore it, but the GF was getting pretty annoyed with it after a while sicne the three of us were always around each other and the other girl was getting more and more blatant about it…

    anyway, long story short, the GF brought laxatives to school one day, told me what they were, then pretended they were these awesomely delicious chocolates and proceeded to share some with the other chick. the other chick ended up going home sick that day. vindictive little GF that one was 😉

    anyway, I dunno… I pulled pranks WAY worse than this when I was a kid… dropping firecrackers on cars from an overpass comes to mind… or walking into a bar with a lit roman candle in my hand… lots of stuff that could have gotten people seriosuly hurt, but luckily none of it did.

    I’m of two minds on this as well. I think calling it a CRIME is a bit ridiculous… but I agree that the kids need to be taught that pranks can have consequences… I know I wouldn’t find it too funny if someone did something like that to my girls…

  4. thordora March 31, 2007 at 2:46 pm #

    Yeah, I can see the potential for hurt with this…but I guess I don’t believe a couple of kids should be charged for what amounts to idiotic fun (I mean really, I’m sure EVERYONE has a few people in their lives that they’d LOVE to do this to. I know I do)

    A nice lecture and some community service, preferably to the infirm and incontinent would likely teach more of a lesson than a charge.

  5. Nat March 31, 2007 at 11:50 pm #

    Kickass prank. Crazy shit that the cops are messed in it now.

  6. Kind of Crunchy Mama April 1, 2007 at 1:04 pm #

    I can’t believe this made the news all the way to Canada.

  7. thordora April 1, 2007 at 5:10 pm #

    it didn’t. I read various news sites for stupid crap.

  8. bromac April 2, 2007 at 2:16 pm #

    I don’t think anyone can take a joke anymore. Everyone is constantly offended (gasp) by what everyone else is doing or saying. It is getting so old.

    Isn’t the stolen stop sign an urban legend??? Possibly?

    There is always the potential for more serious consequences than intended. How many boys/men do you know who have been in a fist fight? How many of you have been in a fist fight. While you were fighting, or preparing to/thinking about, fighting did you stop to consider that an mislaid punch could land you in prison for murder.

    There are always dangers. There are always stupid decisions.

  9. thordora April 2, 2007 at 2:23 pm #

    I think that’s what really bothers me-no one is allowed to make a stupid decision anymore.

    The other night, there was a story about some midget hockey team getting into a brawl, ganging up on another player, etc. They show the video of it happening.

    Not one coach, or assistant, or even a goddammed parent got up and did anything. But now, they want to press assault charges.

    So, you have a bunch of kids in a sport where violence is a bit normal, you leave them to their own devices like a pack of wolves, and then you want to CHARGE them for acting like morons?

    Suspend them from hockey, prevent them playing again, make the punishment makes sense to them.

    I’m waiting for the law to go into effect telling up we all need those soft helmets in case we fall.

    I’m so sick of people not being allowed to govern themselves, and adults standing around too busy to be parents.

  10. caitlin April 4, 2007 at 12:42 pm #

    We also did the ex lax brownie thing after a friend’s roommate made our friend’s grandma cry. The roommate treated everything in the room as joint property. They were in the honors dorm, so it was hard to switch roommates, because -no- one in the dorm liked this guy.

    So, my friend’s birthday is near the end of the quarter, and his grandma makes him one of her famous cakes. His grandparents drive down, planning to drop the cake off in the dorm room and join the group for our friend’s birthday dinner. We figured this guy would surely leave the cake alone, but it was mostly gone by the time we got back.

    One of our friend’s was in a baking class and decided to make a little revenge. She made a batch of ex lax brownies and left them in our friend’s room. The roommate was there, and he asked if he could have one. She said no, that she thought she’d accidentally used the ex lax chocolate chews instead of her chocolate chunks, and she needed to go home and make sure before she took it to class. Then she made a sign that said – “Do Not Eat – might have ex lax” before she left.

    We went out to lunch and when we got back, the brownies were gone. His misery started pretty soon after that. It may have been cruel, but he brought it upon himself. Probably not everyone who gets ex lax brownies deserves them, but I’d be willing to bet a fair number of them did something to provoke it.

    She had a homemade brownie pan shaper that automatically partitioned the brownies as they baked. She only dropped the max dose of the chocolate chews in the center brownie, figuring if he ate that far in, he deserved what he got. I guess the real problem is that most of the kids doing ex lax pranks don’t realize how badly a whole thing of ex lax could mess someone up, which is the only reason I could see for moving it from prank to crime.

  11. thordora April 4, 2007 at 12:53 pm #

    That dude TOTALLY got what he deserved. And the only guy we ever did it to deserved it as well.

    I agree it can hurt people, but a crime? Shit, here in NB, some guy just got house arrest for getting drunk, refusing to take a cab or stay over and then KILLING a kid. Until REAL crimes are punished appropriately, I have a LOT of trouble with charging kids for being idiots. Especially since people only want to treat kids like adults when they punish them.

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