Students turn a profit from candy sales

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    VICTORVILLE — With candy sales banned on school campuses, sugar pushers are the latest trend at local schools. Backpacks are filled with Snickers and Twinkees for all sweet tooths willing to pay the price.


    “It’s created a little underground economy, with businessmen selling everything from a pack of skittles to an energy drink,” said Jim Nason, principal at Hook Junior High School in Victorville.


    This has become a lucrative business, Nason said, and those kids are walking around campus with upwards of $40 in their pockets and disrupting class to make a sale.


    Schools have been individually banning junk-food sales for years, and enforcement was increased in 2005 when Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger passed legislation to combat childhood obesity, according to the office of the governor.


    Since then, schools have slowly adjusted by offering more healthy alternatives, such as baked chips and granola bars.


    But Nason said that he sees just as much candy and soda as ever, because students still bring it from home — for lunch, and to turn a profit.



    “I think it’s original purpose was pretty good, but it doesn’t seem to be making that big of a difference,” said teacher Rolayne Allen of the junk-food ban.


    Teachers are instructed to confiscate candy when kids have it in class, Nason said, and the punishment for making sales can be detention.


    But confiscating candy all the time can be challenging, Allen said, especially around the holidays when students bring more of it to school.



    Daryl Bell, principal at Apple Valley Middle School, said that he also sees an increase in candy around the holidays, but that for the most part, students steer clear of sodas and buy juice and water from the vending machines.


    A few candy sellers are caught each year there, Bell said, but he does not see it as a problem on campus.


    Since Hook moved away from junk food years ago, Nason said he has not seen a change in student health.


    “I think they get a good nutritional lunch here, but looking at our kids and looking at physical education scores, I don’t see how it’s been a highly effective program,” Nason said.


    One way around the problem is the school’s lunch accounts, Nason said. Parents can monitor what their kids are eating by putting money on their lunch cards to buy school meals instead of handing them cash.


    But as long as kids can get candy, from the store and at home, they will continue to bring it to school, Nason said.

    Rachel Byrd can be reached at 951-6232, or by e-mail at rbyrd@vvdailypress.com.

    http://www.vvdailypress.com/news/candy_5497___article.html/profit_sales.html



    How many lessons can be taken from this article? Anyone wanna venture a guess?
     
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    I feel like outlawing guns will produce the same results...
    As is with marijuana, cocaine, prostitution..(in some places);)

    Gotta give it to the kids though, I call that truly educated. lol
     
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    I call it truly indicative of the creation of a black market following a ban.
     
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    word:cool:
     
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    these kids are just taking a page out of the kennedy handbook

    papa kennedy was a rum runner during prohibition after all
     
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    and such is not purely American this side of the disaster that was prohibition?

    Put on your capitalist uniform and fight the knee jerk reaction.
     
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    Cripes. This shits old news. 20+ years ago, we had *teachers* selling candy out of their closets between classes...
     
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    Kids from my neighborhood used to sell baggies of sugared koolaid to kids for their water cups. I just find it funny that no one has figured out that a ban only creates a black market rather than change behaviour.
     
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    Who needed water cups? Kids used to lick it straight out of their hands during class.

    I'm thinkin that was a black thing, tho.. Didn't see many white kids doing it.
     
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    The kids today eat LUCAS, (nasty mix of lemon powder and salt). As far as observation, the white kids delicately stick their licked finger in and get out just a little bit. The black kids pour it in their hand and swipe their tongue over their palm. LOL...not being racist...but this is actually something I witnessed recently, and have seen before. (Now I won't generalize and say that everyone of each race does this, but I have seen what you're talking about to a degree)
     
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