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GLENDALE, Ariz. -

A few weeks ago, a 9-year-old student in Atlanta was suspended from school for snorting the Smarties candies and just a few days after the reported suspension, one Glendale school sent home a letter describing the dangers of smoking or snorting the candy -- but one parent is speaking out, saying the school crossed the line.

It's all over the internet -- kids snorting and smoking the Smarties candies, crushing it up to look like a drug.

"Never seen that, never heard that before," said Matthew Gallegos, a 5th grader.

Gallegos hasn't seen the trend, still his principal at Luke Elementary sent a letter home, warning Smarties could now be considered a gateway drug.

The letter doesn't say what would happen if a child is caught "using" the candy, but Gallego's mother believes the school is blowing the whole thing out of proportion.

"I thought it was the craziest thing I ever heard.. that kids are not allowed to bring Smarties to school because they are considering them drugs," said Jennifer Gallegos.

The letter specifically quotes the student and parent handbook discipline procedure, stating drug use includes anything that looks like drugs -- in this case, Smarties.

"I really think they've taken it too far and I really think they are going to have a huge fight on their hands if they try and charge anybody's child with drug abuse, possession, distribution because of having Smarties," said Jennifer.

Snorting Smarties won't get you high, but doctors warn it can leave sugar in the sinuses and lungs -- and could even lead to maggots feeding off the sugary dust.

"I've done it like once when I was a little kid and that was it," said Jesse Gallegos, Matthew's 17-year-old brother.  He chalks it all up to kids being kids.

"I don't think it's an epidemic of any sort," he said.

We reached out to the school and the district for comment.  The school says they cannot comment on the letter.  The district has not gotten back to us.

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