What two fourth-grade teachers at Westchase Elementary School apparently thought was a creative way to calm students about to take the FCAT made at least one caregiver fear the teachers were sending a different message – that taking drugs while under stress is OK.
Sandy Young walked into her grandson's fourth-grade classroom last Thursday and saw pill bottles on each students' desk. Her mind raced with questions and thoughts of disbelief.
Young said she immediately questioned Westchase Elementary fourth-grade teacher Beth Watson about the pill bottles, which were filled with pieces of small mint candy.
"She said it was nothing but some mints; it was just something special for the kids, for the FCAT to mellow them out," Young said.
The teachers were just trying to use a creative way to get across to the students not to be stressed with the FCAT writing examination that will be administered to fourth-, eighth- and 10th-graders beginning today, Cobbe said.
"Elementary teachers do creative things to make learning fun," Cobbe said.
The teachers won't be disciplined, and it wasn't their intention to promote drug use, Cobbe said.
"I know that is not the intent of the teachers," Cobbe said. "That is not the outcome they would wish for."
What do you think? Is this okay? Is it promoting a culture of taking a pill to solve our problems? Is it just teachers being creative? What would your reaction be if it were your child?