Facing the high jump over joint

12th June 2009 at 01:00

Everyone has their own technique for calming the nerves before holding a presentation in front of a big group of people. Some research even says that chewing on sugar-free gum may improve performance.

But, a 17-year-old pupil at Peninsula High School in Gig Harbor, America, has just been arrested on suspicion of chewing on a joint of marijuana instead.

During a monthly class called Rhetoric Revels, the 17-year-old decided to give a presentation in front of 120 pupils on the topic of legalising the drug. At the end, he proceeded to make his point by smoking a joint and then eating it.

The Tacoma News Tribune reported that his fellow classmates thought he did a good job, but, unsurprisingly, this was not the case with school officials.

"We believe in freedom of speech and encourage it, but illegal activities are absolutely not going to be tolerated in our district," Terry Bouck, schools superintendent, told reporters.

Pierce County prosecutors are now contemplating whether they should charge the pupil.

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