Students suspended over energy mints

Published On: Oct 09 2012 11:30:07 AM EDT
Updated On: Oct 10 2012 10:33:21 AM EDT

A group of students in Illinois was suspended after school officials thought the energy mints they were popping were illegal drugs.

Jason McMichael told the Pekin Journal Star his 17-year-old son Eric was suspended for two days from Pekin Community High School and not allowed to go to the homecoming dance after staff members found him and three other students eating the Revive tablets.

The mints are marketed like caffeine energy drinks.

"People bring energy drinks to school every day," Eric McMichael told TV station WMBD. "I see this every day and we get in trouble for energy mints?"

His father said school officials later admitted they did not know if the mints were illegal drugs, but upheld the suspensions anyway.

Superintendent Paula Davis told the paper that while she was not able to discuss the incident.

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