27/12/2010 18:14 GMT | Updated 22/05/2015 10:12 BST

Ten-Year-Old Gets A Week Of Detention For Bringing Sweets To School

A schoolgirl from Texas has made the headlines after being put in detention for a week when teachers found she was carrying contraband.

Yes, Leighann Adair, 10, had smuggled SWEETS into her school.

She was caught with an unopened piece of Jolly Rancher candy and was given a week's worth of detention during lunch and break-time.

Her parents kicked up a fuss and the story ended up on Fox News.

Leighann's stepfather, Michael Brazda, told "It's an extreme punishment for something so small."

However officials at Brazos Elementary School in Orchard, Texas, said they had a strict no-candy policy.

School superintendent Jack Ellis also said that Adair's crime contravened Texas guidelines about limiting the amount of junk food in schools.

However, officials from the Texas Department of Agriculture said there was no state policy about children bringing sweets to school.

Spokesman Bryan Black told "Our policy does not prohibit from sharing a Jolly Rancher with a friend. If a parent wants to pack candy, it's their decision, not against school policy. A parent needs to decide what a student eats."

Leighann's mum, Amber Brazda, is not happy and asks if the school plans on bringing in "candy-sniffing dogs."

She is now considering moving her daughter to another school. "I will put her in a private school if I have to," she told the website.

What do you think? Should children be allowed to bring sweets to school? Should schools be allowed to dish out this kind of punishment? And should parents go to the media with a story like this?

Source: ParentDishUS