Maize school officials concerned about possible sale of 'happy crack' on bus

MAIZE — Officials at a Maize elementary school are asking parents to talk to their children about drug prevention after some fifth-graders allegedly sold baggies of Kool-Aid and sugar to classmates on the bus, calling it "happy crack."

"While this may seem harmless on the surface, it causes me great concern," Karen Duling, principal of Pray Woodman Elementary School, wrote in an e-mail sent to parents today.

"Although these students are not carrying controlled substances onto the bus, it is simulating the type of behavior that has very serious consequences in terms of suspension and expulsion from school."

Duling asked parents to check their children's backpacks each day to "make sure they are bringing to school only those items that belong here." Pray Woodman serves students in second through fifth grades.

Karen McDermott, spokeswoman for the Maize district, said school officials are investigating the incident.

"Individual students will be disciplined as appropriate according to our district policies," she said. "We wanted to get the letter out to parents this evening to help raise awareness and gain support at home to get this stopped in its tracks."