Darwen school to confiscate pupils’ energy drinks

A school principal has asked pupils not to bring in energy drinks like these because of health fears

A school principal has asked pupils not to bring in energy drinks like these because of health fears

First published in News Lancashire Telegraph: Photograph of the Author by , Education reporter

A HIGH school has urged parents and pupils not to bring energy drinks to school due to health fears.

Darwen Aldridge Academy has implemented a new rule this term that could see energy drinks brought into school confiscated.

It is thought to be one of only a handful of schools in the country that is cutting out the controversial caffeine and sugar drinks.

Principal Brendan Loughran wrote to parents of his concerns, citing recent research evidence that claims the drinks are harmful. Mr Loughran said that although they had only seen a few incidents at the school, children were visibly less able to concentrate after drinking them.

He said the reaction from parents had been encouraging and that pupils are learning about the health risks of energy drinks.

It comes after a Government advisor claimed that the drinks can cause major behavioural problems in children. Back in January, restaurant founder John Vincent, who compiled the School Food Plan for education secretary Michael Gove, said the mix of caffeine and sugar made them ‘as bad as drugs’.

After he recommended they should be banned from schools and possibly from sale to youngsters, Morrisons supermarket banned children under the age of 16 from buying them.

The British Soft Drinks Association has also said that high-caffeine energy drinks are not recommended for children.

In his letter to parents, Mr Loughran said: “We discourage students from bringing energy drinks into the academy to consume.

“There is evidence that the high caffeine and sugar content should not be consumed by young people and could potentially lead to health problems.

“Should students have energy drinks in the academy from the start of the summer term, they will be confiscated.”

Speaking to the Lancashire Telegraph he added: “It’s part of our health education and pupils are taking the responsibilty to look after their own health. Although there have only been isolated incidents, we have seen students struggle to concentrate with energy drinks. They do affect their learning.

“Since asking for parents support at the start of term, we haven’t had any of these drinks come into school.”

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4:07pm Wed 30 Apr 14

Bat E Karen says...

They shouldn't be drinking that muck anyway! It can be dangerous for those with heart problems and, at school age, these problems may not have been detected yet.
They shouldn't be drinking that muck anyway! It can be dangerous for those with heart problems and, at school age, these problems may not have been detected yet. Bat E Karen
  • Score: 12

4:52pm Wed 30 Apr 14

Sodsboy says...

Okay, let me make this point clear. If they're gonna drink it, let them since it's their choice in the end so you should just let them suffer for the problems that will arise by drinking said products. Also, let me just mention that Darwen Aldridge Academy was NOT the first to introduce this rule; In fact it was Darwen Vale that did the rule way before Aldridge even thought about and to think that they just introduced this rule today is a bit of a let-down to only realize that the school was a bit too late to jump on the band wagon. Thoughts aside I just think the school should just let the kids drink them and suffer the punishments themselves.
Okay, let me make this point clear. If they're gonna drink it, let them since it's their choice in the end so you should just let them suffer for the problems that will arise by drinking said products. Also, let me just mention that Darwen Aldridge Academy was NOT the first to introduce this rule; In fact it was Darwen Vale that did the rule way before Aldridge even thought about and to think that they just introduced this rule today is a bit of a let-down to only realize that the school was a bit too late to jump on the band wagon. Thoughts aside I just think the school should just let the kids drink them and suffer the punishments themselves. Sodsboy
  • Score: -35

11:30pm Wed 30 Apr 14

mmickk says...

Its banned in a few country's I think France is one. It kills over 200 people a year in Britain this stuff is lethal if not taken in moderation. Not surprised teachers not wanting a class full of kids off their heads on caffeine they are bad enough without the extra energy it should be banned.
Its banned in a few country's I think France is one. It kills over 200 people a year in Britain this stuff is lethal if not taken in moderation. Not surprised teachers not wanting a class full of kids off their heads on caffeine they are bad enough without the extra energy it should be banned. mmickk
  • Score: 14

4:10pm Thu 1 May 14

CapitaBackHander says...

The last thing any kid needs at school is extra energy!! Water will do the brain best.
The last thing any kid needs at school is extra energy!! Water will do the brain best. CapitaBackHander
  • Score: 4

8:28am Fri 2 May 14

Angusam says...

I had trouble with some local younger kids causing Anti Social Behavior in our area a few weeks ago. When they were questioned by our local Community Beat Police officer who I must say does an exceptional job around here, the excuse they gave was that they "had been drinking energy drinks and weren't thinking".

Ban the stuff as its obviously used now by the kids to give them a buzz and they look on it as something that makes them look tough to their peers.
I had trouble with some local younger kids causing Anti Social Behavior in our area a few weeks ago. When they were questioned by our local Community Beat Police officer who I must say does an exceptional job around here, the excuse they gave was that they "had been drinking energy drinks and weren't thinking". Ban the stuff as its obviously used now by the kids to give them a buzz and they look on it as something that makes them look tough to their peers. Angusam
  • Score: 5

2:15am Wed 7 May 14

Kiwihead says...

Best to allow Dawinism to run its course...
Best to allow Dawinism to run its course... Kiwihead
  • Score: -1

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