Third-Grader Suspended for Snorting Smarties

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Snorting Smarties powder may seem harmless, but can have serious health effects

Keeping drugs out of schools is hard enough, but officials at one school are finding they need to stop children from huffing candy as well.

11Alive, an NBC Atlanta affiliate, reports that a 9-year-old student at Porterdale Elementary School has been suspended for two days after he was caught crushing up Smarties candy and inhaling the powder through his nose. No word on whether or not he sniffed the Smarties through a Twizzler.

This may sound like a freak occurrence, or merely the case of one overly curious child, but sniffing powdered candy, or pretending to “smoke it” by blowing the powder through a tube, has become something of a trend in schools across the nation. According to the boy’s mother, her son was only following the example set by other students.

“He told me he had witnessed a student in class, he had actually watched her. He’d watched her crush it up and inhale it,” she told 11Alive. “I said, What made you so curious about it? And he said her reaction was like, Wooo!”

According to 11Alive, inhaling the candy causes students to feel a sugar rush and makes users feel as if they’re going to sneeze. It may seem harmless, but inhaling Smarties powder results in the candy entering the sniffer’s lungs. Examiner warns readers that sniffing Smarties can lead to “infections, chronic coughing, choking, recurring infections, scarring, asthma, bleeding and even death.” In some cases, the powder can even attract maggots to feed on whatever sugar dust remains in the nostrils.

The Smarties-sniffing fad has even provoked the makers of the candy to warn against improper use of their product.

18 comments
ToneKing
ToneKing

"According to the boy’s mother, her son was only following the example set by other students." Right. Because her precious snowflake couldn't possibly be a MORON all on his own.

GeeRogers
GeeRogers

Get that kid into rehab stat.

Dawg_Byte
Dawg_Byte

The funny thing is, when I was a kid in the 80's, I actually did the EXACT SAME THING. I only tried it once or twice, but I thought it was a funny and interesting thing to do. Granted, I did it at home... but there was no consequences and I never heard of any such effect it would cause. I just did it because I saw people snorting coke on TV. However, my friend a year later asked if I ever did such a thing. I said 'what do you mean', and he did it too. Later on, I found out OTHERS have done it as well. Normal middle-class neighborhood & area, yet it's not as uncommon as you think... even in the 80's/90's. 

BethTamney
BethTamney

Here in Canada, "Smarties" are basically the same as M&M's...you can imagine the picture I had in my head when I read the title of this article...

JohnPekrig
JohnPekrig

Just had this picture of a kid in elementary school standing at the corner holding a Ziploc snack bag with powdered smarties and another kid coming up to him and whispering, 

"You got the stuff?"

"Yeah, but it's going to cost you two peanut butter and jelly sandwiches this time and a bag of candy"

ArU.Gaetü
ArU.Gaetü

"The Smarties-sniffing fad has even provoked the makers of the candy to warn against improper use of their product."

Now, I'm waiting for the clandestine actions of 12 year olds (girls and boys) to generate warning labels on hot dogs, bananas, cucumbers, candy canes, candles and flutes based on where they're placing those items. By the way, you're going to need longer tweezers.

"Honey, have you seen the Butter Flavored Crisco?" (That may need a label, too.)

Mercurus
Mercurus

My 5 year old put a plastic BB up her nose the other day. Had to dig it out with tweezers. Scared the daylights out of her.

I don't think I need to worry about Smarties...

JohnKovacich
JohnKovacich

well at least they're not shooting each other.

yup
yup

smarties are the gateway drug to sweet tarts, -fact

and we all know what happens when cindy comes to the club all jacked up on Da Tart.....


CassiusClay19
CassiusClay19

Why is Time Magazine, one of the most respected media outlets on Planet Earth, citing Examiner.com, a content mill with nearly non-existent journalistic standards that mainly employs freelancers for pennies a word? If this is a real problem, can't Time Magazine find a source other than Bob's Web Article Shack?

SteelOnTarget1
SteelOnTarget1

Really you think this is a serious health risk?  Its ok to shove the sugar junk food down your gullet but christ, putting it up your nose, now that's just over the line apparently.

ShaneWielding
ShaneWielding

What the hell is wrong with this generation of kids?!  It seems anything they can put up their noses is fair game.  I'm so tired of hearing about stories like these.  Let's balance things out and report on the kids who are making a positive difference.

terlilgnt
terlilgnt

Why can't kids sniff model airplane glue like we did when we were their age?

WienersPeener
WienersPeener

@CassiusClay19"one of the most respected media outlets on Planet Earth"

BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA no, good sir, Time is pablum. It is one step above the tabloids. Nothing more, nothing less.

DeweySayenoff
DeweySayenoff

@terlilgnt The gene for that was filtered out because it damaged the chromosome that made people want to sniff glue.