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Who thought this was a good idea?
An elementary school in Melbourne, Florida has steadily given their students a dixie cup full of Mountain Dew and trail mix before standardized tests for the past ten years.
One interesting thing to note is that schools in Florida are actually banned from selling soda to kids, as well.
But Creel Elementary will abandon their sugary practice after one of the student's grandparents brought the long-standing practice to the local media's attention who contacted school officials about it.
Here's what the school district spokesperson Michelle Irwin said:
"Once that was brought to our attention, we eliminated that practice. We've advised Creel Elementary to only provide water as a beverage."
The principal of the school Kathryn Eward began the mountain dew servings after reading about its positive effects in a education journal ten years ago.
However that was ten years ago, and a lot of new information has been revealed since then. One particular concern with the practice was the potential of students crashing from their sugar high midway through the tests.
Here's what the principal said:
"We don't think we were giving them enough to really get into [negative impacts of sugar highs and lows.] We've done it for years. The kids look forward to the treats. It's wonderful for people to be mindful of their kids, and what they're eating and drinking and doing."
Yes it is wonderful for parents to be mindful for their kids! That is how they should be, no?
Also, of course the kids looked forward to soda infused with ridiculous amounts of sugar! That doesn't make it OK to serve it to them!
Still, we're not blaming this entirely on the principal. We also don't understand how the school officials can play the 'Oh, we didn't know' card. Isn't it worse that they weren't aware?
It's very bizarre these adults found nothing wrong with this school-wide practice until they were called out on it. Very weird.