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School Fined $15,000 for Selling Soda: Acceptable or Outrageous?

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The federal government is reportedly suing Davis High School in Salt Lake City, Utah for accidentally selling soda to kids during lunch time -- a violation of federal law. The violation is costing the school $0.75 per student (that's about $15,000 total) and forcing it to make budget cuts elsewhere to pay for the offence. Remarkably, some people are upset.

Principal Dee Burton told KUTV, "The rule is vague and open to interpretation. For example, the way the rule reads -- you can buy before lunch starts a carbonated beverage, buy school lunch, sit down in the cafeteria, eat the school lunch and not be in violation ... You can sell Snickers and Milkyway bars because they have nuts and they're nutritious. You can't sell licorice, but you can sell ice-cream ... The misconception is if we don't let kids buy candy and pop, we drive them to the cafeteria, it doesn't drive them to the cafeteria it drives them off campus." Does it sound fair to you?


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  • kraftym... Cornball 2012/05/23 20:44:24
    kraftymomma1979
    +1
    I can agree with that. Why not fine the administrators who chose to disobey the law?
  • ⚥Κόζμω ... kraftym... 2012/05/24 05:17:51
    ⚥Κόζμω Græme اليا Mongrain
    the board gets immunity and the members suffer. We need to get out of this cult of off-loading responsibility to the students from the management.
  • kraftym... ⚥Κόζμω ... 2012/05/24 14:22:32
    kraftymomma1979
    +1
    There were plenty of administrators - all the way up to the superintendent - who should be fined, not the parents and students. I don't understand why we parents allow administrators so much freedom to do and spend as they please. Have a good day!
  • ⚥Κόζμω ... kraftym... 2012/05/30 15:54:09
    ⚥Κόζμω Græme اليا Mongrain
    Our 'Beaurocracy' has now off-loaded RESPONSIBILITY into a "No Fault" Scheme which folks now take for granted but is driving up both tax & debt loads. Check out - http://blog.humangivens.com/2... .

    e.g. a Public Defender who gets a violent felon 'off the hook' claiming he wasn't breast-fed but if he re-offends, the PD is not held accountable.
  • jgh57 2012/05/23 19:09:37
    Outrageous
    jgh57
    +3
    I don't think schools should sell sodas. When I was in school you could only buy milk at school but the Federal Government has no business involved at this level in our schools.
  • kraftym... jgh57 2012/05/23 19:30:34
    kraftymomma1979
    +2
    I don't think major corporations should be involved in selling to our children either.
  • AMy 2012/05/23 19:06:26
    Outrageous
    AMy
    +3
    I saw this on the news and it seemed silly. Although makes me feel old because we were not even allowed to have soda in school when I was in school.
  • kraftym... AMy 2012/05/23 19:17:37
    kraftymomma1979
    +1
    We weren't allowed sodas, candy, or chocolate milk - except for class parties. We were much healthier and behaved in class. Parents need to take a visit to their children's schools and see what's being sold there. The schools are selling crap to the kids and then telling them not to eat that crap during health class.
  • Rob Williams 2012/05/23 19:01:33
    Outrageous
    Rob Williams
    +1
    Which Coke do they think they're selling?
  • Brenda Rob Wil... 2012/05/23 19:04:38
    Brenda
    +1
    Good Answer or question???
  • Rob Wil... Brenda 2012/05/23 19:08:52
    Rob Williams
    lol Sorry ... rhetorical!
  • Caela Brownie 2012/05/23 19:01:16
    Outrageous
    Caela Brownie
    +2
    IT'S A FREE COUNTRY.
  • edifyguy 2012/05/23 18:57:06
    Outrageous
    edifyguy
    +2
    But hey.....what do you expect with a man in charge who said at the outset that he would be "ready to RULE from day one?"
  • Smokey 2012/05/23 18:54:51
    Outrageous
    Smokey
    +2
    What if you brought it from home are you not allowed to drink it for lunch?
  • kraftym... Smokey 2012/05/23 19:18:32
    kraftymomma1979
    We were not when I was in school, and I went to a public school.
  • beasty 2012/05/23 18:42:29
    Outrageous
    beasty
    +1
    Do they expect us to drink milk every day
  • Buoyant Leadraft 2012/05/23 18:34:39 (edited)
    Acceptable
    Buoyant Leadraft
    +3
    Soda is toxic sludge and the kids are fat, keep the Coca-Cola™ company and candy vending machines out of school, it has no place there. Most of these companies need to stop praying on children. How about a healthy only vending machine huh? It's disgusting to see fat mom and dad with their fat children waddle, huffing and puffing down the food isle in a grocery store. If you look in their basket, It's always filled with soda, chips, nacho cheese, sugary breakfast cereals, frozen fatty foods, pizza, you name it, It's all in there. This is child abuse.
    FAT KIDS
  • Pete Buoyant... 2012/05/23 18:47:24
    Pete
    +3
    You could have stated all this paragraph in just a few words: Junk foods and beverage are unacceptable...... PBWY
  • Buoyant... Pete 2012/05/23 18:55:58 (edited)
    Buoyant Leadraft
    +1
    I wanted to express my hatred toward bad diets!
  • Brenda Buoyant... 2012/05/23 19:06:29
    Brenda
    +1
    Was a fatty, eh?
  • Buoyant... Brenda 2012/05/23 19:28:18
    Buoyant Leadraft
    +1
    LOL- nope, was a skinny, now just an average almost 50 year old. I was a toothpick in school, it's almost just as painful. Almost.
  • Pete Buoyant... 2012/05/23 19:16:41
    Pete
    +1
    I see. Well you sure did a good jobs though..... PBWY
  • kraftym... Buoyant... 2012/05/23 19:20:37
    kraftymomma1979
    +1
    Dude, lighten up on fatties. There are many reasons for being overweight. The point is that schools don't need to contribute to the problem AND profiteer from it.
  • Buoyant... kraftym... 2012/05/23 19:31:42 (edited)
    Buoyant Leadraft
    +1
    I agree.... the biggest reason is stuffing your face with bad food, not coming from a long line of big boned people.
    shame the fatties


    I also want to say not everybody can be tooth pick thin and i don't want people to have eating disorders to look super skinny and become anorexic. Healthy people have a little meat on there bones.
  • kraftym... Buoyant... 2012/05/23 19:34:21
    kraftymomma1979
    +2
    I take steroids to combat lupus. Steroids slow down the metabolism while jumpstarting the appetite. There are also hormonal abnormalities, thyroid issues., etc. Bad food, however, is the biggest culprit.
  • Buoyant... kraftym... 2012/05/23 19:44:26
    Buoyant Leadraft
    +1
    wow!... Thanks for talking about it so openly and sharing it with us on SH.
    I am coming off as judgmental i know, but i do understand it's not just a single problem with a single source. I agree with you, diet does not need to exacerbate health problems we may already have.
  • Shadow_... Buoyant... 2012/05/23 18:58:11
    Shadow_Wolf
    +1
    Don't blame the food companies for doing what they're suppose to do. You have a problem take it up with the obese family. I eat junk food all the time yet I'm not fat. You chose to eat it they're not forcing it on you.
  • Buoyant... Shadow_... 2012/05/23 19:20:06
    Buoyant Leadraft
    The government is doing just that. Taking it up with fat people.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?...
  • Shadow_... Buoyant... 2012/05/25 02:05:56
    Shadow_Wolf
    +1
    As they should to some degree
  • Brenda Buoyant... 2012/05/23 19:05:43
    Brenda
    Fat are you?
  • ⚥Κόζμω ... Brenda 2012/05/24 05:32:50 (edited)
    ⚥Κόζμω Græme اليا Mongrain
    might have a mutant eccentric (nerd/geek) metabolism that tolerates (thrives on?)such diets.
  • kraftym... Buoyant... 2012/05/23 19:19:50
    kraftymomma1979
    +2
    There are parents who do not fill their shopping carts with fatty and sugary foods. They wonder why their kids are gaining weight and have no idea that schools are selling that crap during school hours.
  • Buoyant... kraftym... 2012/05/23 19:38:08
    Buoyant Leadraft
    +1
    I agree! it's horrible and overrides the parents wishes and upbringing.
  • cottineyedjoe 2012/05/23 18:29:44
    Outrageous
    cottineyedjoe
    +4
    Do they realise that the school is state funded? The state just fined themselves.
  • edifyguy cottine... 2012/05/23 18:56:03
    edifyguy
    +1
    Funding cut, in other words..............
  • Buoyant... cottine... 2012/05/23 19:15:23
    Buoyant Leadraft
    You know, you have a good point. Maybe this will teach themselves a lesson. Maybe the state should not be in cahoots with these companies after all? or the state can turn on itself. Have you ever seen the average size of a state worker? Fat state workers cost taxpayers millions each year.
    fat people bungi jumping
  • ⚥Κόζμω ... cottine... 2012/05/24 05:35:59
    ⚥Κόζμω Græme اليا Mongrain
    +1
    from a classic case of the left hand not knowing what the right is doing.
  • JMCC 2012/05/23 18:27:30
    Acceptable
    JMCC
    +2
    Have you ever tried to teach a class of 30+ kids who are bouncing off the walls on caffeine and sugar rushes?
  • Cornball JMCC 2012/05/23 20:20:40
    Cornball
    As a teacher you should be upset. This just means more budget cuts for the school. Where exactly is the school supposed to get that much money? Soda shouldn't be in schools, but fining the school, which indirectly hurts the students and staff, doesn't help at all.
  • JMCC Cornball 2012/05/23 20:29:31 (edited)
    JMCC
    +1
    Sorry if I implied that I am a career teacher - I am not.

    I am an analyst scientist who was doing some 'outreach' work in schools which required some teaching of both teachers and children.

    Before I was allowed to "teach" (because my only previous experience was lecturing - and there is a huge difference - believe me), I was obliged to observe teaching technique by sitting in many classes.

    What I observed was unbelievable. Parents were sending children to school without a healthy breakfast but with money that they would spend in shops on the way to school.

    Many of the kids (12 +) were starting their day with nothing more than a can of Red Bull or Coke. a pack of chips and some sweets.

    Result - concentration span of no more than 5 minutes.

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