By Dylan Stableford | YahooNews
A group of high school students in Pekin, Illinois, were suspended last week after school officials suspected the mints they were eating were actually illegal drugs.
Jason McMichael, the father of one of the students, told the Journal Star that his 17-year-old son Eric was suspended for two days from Pekin Community High School and not allowed to attend the school’s homecoming festivities after staffers found four students eating energy mint tablets that are marketed like caffeine energy drinks. McMichael said he received a phone call from the dean’s office informing him of his son’s suspension and that the teen was being monitored by the school nurse for an elevated heart rate—though McMichael doesn’t believe it was due to the energy mints.
“He’s never been in trouble,” McMichael said. “He was probably just nervous.” Eric McMichael said he and three others were eating Revive tablets—touted as “nature’s energy mints”—in the school cafeteria when they were disciplined.
“People bring energy drinks to school every day,” the teen told Central Illinois’ WMBD-TV . “I see this every day and we get in trouble for energy mints?”