A judge in Australia sentenced an 18-year-old who was found with ecstasy to 100 hours of community service, three years probation, and…a 2000 word essay? Yes, you read that correctly. The judge ordered the teen to write a 2000 word essay on the dangers of drugs. The drugs that the judge ordered the teen to write about are cannabis and ecstasy.
According to court documents, it was stated that the teen had been using ecstacy for about a year. It was also stated that he had been experimenting with other drugs, which included three years of cannabis use.
The teen has been given three months to write the essay with the title, “The Harmful Effects of Using Cannabis and Ecstacy.” The judge had originally ordered a 3000 word essay, but the lawyer for the teen was able to have it reduced to 2000 words. The reason for the lawyer to argue the number of words was because the teenager struggled in school and would therefore struggle with the assignment.