Board adopts beverage ban

BATTLE CREEK, Mich. - Sugared and caffeinated drinks are now off limits to students and staff at Pennfield Middle School in Battle Creek, even if they bring it from home, according to The Battle Creek Enquirer. A new school board resolution prohibits beverages other than water, milk and juice in the school.

The school does not sell pop to students, but some middle schoolers bring soda or other beverages to school with them and share it or sell it to their classmates, according to The Enquirer. Staff members have been instructed to confiscate such beverages beginning Feb. 22, The Enquirer reported.

The report said that the ban applies to staff members "when they are around students."

Principal Christina Feneley said that parents don't realize their children are getting pop from other students, The Enquirer reported. She also said she expects resistance from students.

School board trustee Gary Hall suggested expanding the ban to Pennfield High School, The Enquirer reported.

The Battle Creek Enquirer, "At Pennfield Middle School, pop is out," Feb. 16, 2010

Mackinac Center for Public Policy, "Weight of the Evidence: The Facts About Obesity," Nov. 13, 2007