Banned! First alcohol prohibition, then other drugs. Now candy.
Yes, candy is now banned on many school campuses. Why? Refined sugar is so bad for you itâ€™s wicked.
Iâ€™m sure you know many of the major bad guys here. Twinkies. Ho Hos. Nestleâ€™s Crunch. Reeseâ€™s Peanut Butter Cups. Maybe you consumed some of these unsavory savories yourself in your youth. Theyâ€™re not fruit and vegetables, thatâ€™s for sure.
In California the ban on intra-curricular sugar is legislative and statewide.
So, thatâ€™s that, right? No candy ever winds its way into a Golden-State kidâ€™s lunch pail or backpack. Right?
Uh, not quite. Thereâ€™s a black market. Valiant pint-sized entrepreneurs are sneaking the nefariously edible junk food onto school grounds despite the risks. According to Jim Nason, principal of Hook Junior High School, some of these rule-breakers â€œare walking around campus with upwards of $40 in their pockets. . . .â€ Forty bucks? Thatâ€™s almost as high as the national debt.
Itâ€™s not just California. Sugar trafficking stretches from one coast to the other. In New Haven, Connecticut, eighth-grader and honors student Michael Sheridan was suspended for a day for buying a bag of Skittles. And banned from an honors student dinner. And not allowed to be class vice-president any more.
Seems the public schools are always panicking over something. Now, itâ€™s sugar. When will they panic over poor education?
This is Common Sense. Iâ€™m Paul Jacob.