HOUSTON -- The Brazos Independent School District superintendent has posted a letter on the district's website defending the decision to give a third grade girl detention for possessing candy in the lunchroom.

Last week 11 News reported that Brazos Elementary student Leighann Adair got a week of in-school detention after a classmate gave her a Jolly Rancher candy.

District officials say they were following state law that limits junk food in schools.

In the letter to the district, Superintendent Jack Ellis says in part:

The campus and district have been harshly attacked by the sensationalized report and the flow of nasty emails coming into the district.

The letter also explains the law and what lunch detention entails.

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