An Illinois father is outraged, because his son and three other students were suspended for bringing caffeinated mints to lunch at Pekin High School, according to the Peoria Journal.

The four students were suspended both Thursday and Friday, and were banned from attending the homecoming festivities over the weekend.

Jason McMichael said he got a call from the dean’s office saying that his son Eric had been caught eating the mints, which the school suspected were drugs, and that he had an elevated heart rate and high blood pressure.

Superintendent Paula Davis said anytime students are seen ingesting something that could be drugs, the school should take action.

Eric McMichael, the suspended student, said, “People bring energy drinks to school everyday. I see this everyday and we get in trouble for energy mints?”

David Johnson, another one of the suspended students, added, “For my JROTC I’m supposed to march today and that’s a huge part of my grade. Since I got suspended I can’t go to that, my grades going to drop in that class.”


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