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An Ohio seventh-grader was suspended last week for doing arguably the most predictable thing a 13-year-old boy could do for a laugh on the school bus. He cut the cheese.

Canal Winchester Middle School students Anthony Nichols and another boy lost their bus privileges on Friday for their stinky stunt, which prompted the customary
rousing laughter and “lowering of windows,” according to the Columbus Dispatch.

Administrators ruled that the flatulence was in violation of the school’s code of conduct, but if you ask Nichols’ parents, the decision reeks of poor judgement. “It’s very laughable, that’s what it is,” said Anthony’s father, James Nichols. He said he spoke with the school’s vice principal, Daniel Senu-Oke, who “suggested my son should hold his gas on this hour-long bus ride.”

For a concerned parent, however, that answer just doesn’t cut it. “When it happens, it just happens,” he said. “It’s not intentional.” But perhaps it is. According to the bus driver and school officials, the 13-year-old Nichols and his partner in crime are repeat offenders with a history of passing gas on the school bus.

Why not sue the family for having the child? I guess in America nothing escapes the School Administrations’ policies! What other funny/ridiculous rules are hidden in the “Canal Winchester Middle School rules of conduct!”


Students are required to adhere to the following basic safety rules:

1. Students shall arrive at the bus stop before the bus is scheduled to arrive.

2. Students must wait in a location clear of traffic and away from the bus stop.

3. Behavior at the school bus stop must not threaten life, limb or property of any individual.

4. Students must go directly to their assigned seat and remain seated while the bus is in motion.

5. All aisles and exits must remain free and clear.

6. Students must observe classroom conduct and obey the driver promptly and respectfully.

7. The following are prohibited on the bus: eating, drinking, tobacco, alcohol or drugs, animals, insects, glass and large objects that cannot be held on your lap.

8. Students must leave or board the bus at the location to which they have been assigned unless they have parental and administrative authorization to do otherwise.

9. Students crossing in front of the bus must wait for the hand signal from the driver.

10. Students must not throw or pass objects on, from or into the bus.

11. Students must not put their head or arms out of the bus windows.

12. Students are to be courteous and not destroy property.

13. Students are to follow the “feet on floor, seat on seat, back on back” rule.

Extreme offenses may result in removal from the bus, school suspension or expulsion even if on the 1st offense.

The one rule that I have not found relating to the “BUS Rules” is about, “WEARING SEAT-BELTS” are maybe this isn’t  important enough. Hotdogfish!