The Courier is reporting that a secondary school has brought in an energy drinks ban after blaming the high caffeine products for contributing to problems ranging from classroom stand-offs to bed-wetting teenagers.
Head teacher Melvyn Lynch has sent a letter to every parent at the 1,000-pupil secondary [Forfar Academy] saying that any youngster found with drinks such as Rock Star and Monster will have it immediately confiscated.
The ban – the first at an Angus senior school – takes immediate effect on the pupils’ return from the bank holiday weekend in the wake of a catalogue of issues, with the head teacher blaming energy drinks as a contributory factor in bad behaviour which has resulted in some youngsters being excluded from the Academy.
Mr Lynch said that although the problems were not widespread, he hoped the move would encourage parents to have a conversation with youngsters about the consumption of high caffeine drinks.
“There is certainly a group for whom this is their first drink of choice, and for some a can of high energy drink is their breakfast,” said Mr Lynch.
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