November 4, 2015
Updated Nov 4, 2015 at 3:15 PM EST
Marathon, NY (WBNG Binghamton) A Marathon High School student was suspended for bringing dietary supplements to school because of a policy the school has.
The district says students can’t possess “look-a-like drugs.”
Marathon junior Wyatt Hatfield was suspended for three days last month.
He left vitamin C, olive leaf extract and echinacea on the bus in his lunch bag in plastic bags on Oct. 13.
Superintendent of schools, Rebecca Stone, says medication needs to be approved by a parent and doctor. The medication also needs to be kept in the nurses office.
“If there is anything that you are consuming as far as a medication, it has to be in the original container,” Stone said.
Stone says the policy has been in place for years. But Wyatt and his family say they were not aware of the policy.
“I found it quite ridiculous that I was being suspended for dietary supplements,” said Wyatt.
The Hatfields appealed to the Board of Education in Marathon, but the suspension was upheld. Now, they are planning to appeal it to the State Commissioner of Education.