Friday, April 11, 2008

School Officials Concerned About Energy Drinks

Middle school is typically a high-energy environment, but the principal of Brighton's Scranton Middle School is concerned about the health of students who are turning to energy drinks for an extra boost.

Scranton Principal Henry Vecchioni is asking parents not to send their students to school with energy drinks like Monster or Red Bull.

While there is nothing illegal about young people consuming the caffeine-laden beverages, health officials are raising serious concerns about what the high levels of caffeine and sugar can do to the body of a 12- or 13-year-old.

The large Broward County school district near Miami is considering a ban on energy drinks in schools and a state legislator in Rhode Island has introduced legislation that would ban the drinks from all school grounds, arguing that their use by students constitutes "substance abuse" and should be treated the same as alcohol and tobacco.

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