Atrios is right: Fairfax County, VA’s policy about taking a birth control pill is school is nuts:
When a Fairfax County mother got an urgent call from school last month reporting that her teenage daughter was caught popping a pill at lunchtime, she did not panic. “It was probably her birth-control pill,” she thought. She was right.
Her heart dropped that afternoon in the assistant principal’s office at Oakton High School when she and her daughter heard the mandatory punishment: A two-week suspension and recommendation for expulsion….
Health advocates say that harsh penalties for students who take birth-control pills at school conflicts with a campaign schools are waging against teen pregnancy.
….in Fairfax, even carrying the pills in a backpack is counted among the most serious offenses in the Student Responsibilities and Rights handbook.
….If she had been caught high on LSD, heroin or another illegal drug, she found, she would have been suspended for five days. Taking her prescribed birth-control pill on campus drew the same punishment as bringing a gun to school would have.
Because trying to avoid becoming pregnant so she could stay in school is exactly like carrying a mechanical device designed to kill people. In the grand scheme of things, I wasn’t a bad kid, but, given all of the stupid rules around, I very well could have ended up suspended. Fairfax County used to be not this stupid about these sorts of things (although some of this is due to state policies). What bothers me is this statement:
While the student awaits a decision on whether she will be expelled, she said she has learned one major lesson: It’s important “to read the fine print.”
No, the major lesson is that the conservative nanny state is out of fucking control. Well done, drug warriors.