- The Washington Times - Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Two elementary students were suspended in Albuquerque, New Mexico, last week after bringing rock candy to school that resembled crystal meth.

Gabriel Valdez, 10, and Christian Valdez, 9, were suspended from Reginald Chavez Elementary School for two and a half days for bringing in blue rock candy marketed as “Breaking Bad” candy, resembling the fictional blue meth on the popular show filmed in the same city, a local ABC affiliate reported.

Gabriel said he doesn’t know much about “Breaking Bad.” He just really likes the candy.

“[This was] blown out of proportion,” the boys’ mother, Virginia Valdez, told the station. “It’s not really drugs — it’s candy. It’s unfair.”

An Albuquerque Public Schools spokesperson said the suspension was for inappropriate and unacceptable behavior and disruption of the educational process. A handful of other students were suspended for eating the candy, the station reported.

“If candy is brought in the classroom, it can be a distraction,” said Ms. Valdez. “But this was actually going on out on the playground.”

The mother said she has removed her kids from Reginald Chavez and enrolled them in another school.

As for the candy, the owner of the Candy Lady Shop that makes the “Breaking Bad”-inspired confections says she isn’t hurting anyone.

“It’s a prop, that’s all it is,” Debbie Ball told Fox News. “I don’t sell it to children.”

New Mexico State Rep. Antonio Maestas called the candy “inappropriate.”

“I would ask them to stop selling this item and the city should consider an ordinance to make her stop,” he said.

Eduardo Chavez, spokesman for the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Albuquerque office, told Fox News: “We recognize it is a novelty item, and schools and parents should decide what to do with it.”

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