Now all 10 of them are in trouble because of what they did at their school.
"They said, 'maliciously maim students with the intent to injure.' And I
don't think any of us here intentionally meant to injure anyone, or did,"
said Zakk Rhine, a junior at Battlefield High School.
The boys say they were just tossing small two-inch candy canes to fellow
students as they entered school. The ones in plastic wrap that are so small
they often break apart.
Skylar Torbett, also a junior, said administrators told him, "They said the
candy canes are weapons because you can sharpen them with your mouth and
stab people with them." He said neither he nor any of their friend did that.
Next thing they knew, they were all being punished with detention and at
least two hours of cleaning. Their disciplinary notices say nothing about
malicious wounding but about littering and creating a disturbance.
"It was at 7 in the morning, before school even starts, so I don't what we'd
be really disrupting," said Cameron Gleason, also a junior.
Principal Amy Etheridge-Conti says she can't comment on the students'
discipline but did say there was a lot more to it than handing out candy and
that the discipline was warranted.