A 9-year-old Texas boy has been severely disciplined for bringing black pepper to school to season his lunch.
Toni Clark says her son, Colin, a fourth-grader at Porter Elementary School, just north of Houston, was suspended for two days and will be required to spend 15 days at an alternative school. Disciplinary records from the incident will follow the boy for the remainder of his time spent in public schools, Clark told TV station KPRC.
A fellow student told school staffers that Colin had drugs, which led to police being called. When they investigated, officers found he had four baggies filled with pepper.
"It tested negative for marijuana, obviously, and that it was black pepper," Clark told KPRC. "This is not paraphernalia. This is seasoning. I just feel like they're going overboard."
The school district refused to comment on the incident when contacted by KPRC.
Clark is protesting the disciplinary actions doled out by the district. She also said she's pondering moving Colin to a school in another district.