Smoking Gun


Rhode Island law prohibits anyone from smoking within 25 feet of a school, and district policy in Providence also forbids anyone from smoking on school grounds. So when sophomore Eliazar Velasquez snapped a photo of principal Elaine Almagno puffing away just outside a school building door and posted it on the Internet, the school, of course, suspended Velasquez. He was accused of disrupting the learning environment of the school. But after the media picked up on the story, district officials reversed the suspension.