12/02/2010 16:52 GMT | Updated 22/05/2015 10:12 BST

Teachers Hand Out Sweets To Combat Exam Stress

Two teachers are under fire in Florida, USA, after handing out sweets disguised as pills to their students before an important test.

They gave fourth-grade students mint sweets in pill bottles, made up to look like prescription medication.

The grandmother of one of the pupils, Sandy Young, is complaining and says this gives children the wrong message.

Young says she was shocked to see a pill bottle sitting on her grandson's desk.

The teacher, Beth Watson, told her the "pills" were just sweets but she is still upset.

The bottle had a label reading: "Watson's Whiz Kid Pharmacy. Take 1 tablet by mouth EVERY 5 MINUTES to cure FCAT (Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test) jitters."

Young told the Tampa Tribune: "She said it was nothing but some mints; it was just something special for the kids, for the test, to mellow them out.

"We turn around and we have our teachers giving them drugs. I don't care if it's mints or not... If it's in a prescription bottle, it's a drug."

Well, it's not really though, is it?

Linda Cobbe, spokeswoman for the school district, told the Tribune that there had only been one complaint about the incident and no disciplinary action was currently being taken.

She said: "Elementary teachers do creative things to make learning fun."

Apparently the idea for the pill bottle came from a book the class read recently - George's Marvellous Medicine, by Roald Dahl.

Other parents have backed the teachers. Jenny McMurray, whose son is in the same class, told the Tribune: "They are fantastic and wonderful teachers.

"I spend a lot of time in the class and am constantly amazed by their energy and creativity. They genuinely care for all of these kids. They do wonderful engaging activities with the kids. They've been doing it all year."

However Young says even pretending to take drugs is a serious matter.

She told the Tribune: "We as parents and grandparents have to drill it into them that this is unacceptable and hope and pray that they don't accept drugs from someone else."

So what do you think? Is the grandmother over-reacting or is she right?

Source: ParentDishUS