At my school we don’t allow pop to be sold until a certain time during the day (1 or 2 pm) because of the rise of child obesity, the increasing ingestion of caffeine, and the higher rates of childhood diabetes among other health concerns. Of course, the drop in sales has greatly affected the ASB coffers. However, an interesting replacement has emerged.
Oddly, despite the concerns over the high sugar and caffeine content of soda, the school has a student coffee stand selling coffees, lattes, and energy drinks. One advertisement states that students can purchase multi-shot espresso-type drinks or “super” energy drinks. Students may also add extra energy to the drinks if they wish.
I just can’t see the justification for banning one in the morning while allowing the other, especially when an argument could be made that the energy drinks and coffees may be worse. Teachers can literally watch the students “crash” during classes, and then the students look for more energy drinks and coffee.
A concern for me is that, besides the seemingly odd allowance of these drinks, I truly believe we are implicitly advocating this student behavior and creating a possible addiction in our students. Are we co-dependents in this; are we accepting profit in exchange for a new addiction?