Banning fizzy drinks has ‘made a difference’ at a town high school, according to its headteacher.
Derek Allan prohibited fizzy drinks at Kirkcaldy High from Monday as he believes the move will protect pupils’ health, preventing obesity and tooth decay.
However, the ban does not extend to sugar-free drinks.
Energy drinks and carbonated juice were taken out of canteens and tuck shops throughout the Kingdom a while ago, but now Mr Allan has decided that these drinks should not be consumed anywhere within the school.
In a letter to parents, he said water, milk and fruit juice are still acceptable.
Mr Allan wrote: “The high sugar content is linked to tooth decay, obesity, diabetes and hyperactivity, and high caffeine intake is also known to harm health,” he said.
“For this reason, we have decided to ban all consumption of such drinks in our refectory or anywhere within the building.”
He added: “We appreciate this ban will not be popular with all our pupils and also understand that it may be difficult to monitor. Nevertheless, it is the right thing to do and I hope that you will appreciate our commitment to health and wellbeing by supporting our stance on this matter.”
Speaking to the Press on Tuesday Mr Allan said so far the ban has received a positive response.
“It has made a difference and we haven’t received any complaints’” he said. “The kids understand what we are trying to do.
“There has only been one confiscation (of a bottle of Lucozade) since we introduced the ban. The kids have been fine with it.”
The Press asked our readers for their opinions through our Facebook page and it generated a mixed response. Some agreed with Mr Allan’s stance while others were against it. Sarah Downie said: “My boy is at KHS and I don’t want him drinking fizzy drinks - there are plenty of non- fizzy drinks out there. Fizzy drinks are okay for treats once in a blue moon but not for every day. I can’t believe it’s taken so long to ban them, most primary schools have been like this for years.”
But Sarah Louise Curtis said: “Surely it should be up to the parents to decide whether or not their children are allowed fizzy drinks? I’ve drank fizzy drinks since I was a child and I’m now 22, have perfect teeth as told by my dentist and it hasn’t caused me to become obese. Personally I think it should be up to the parents on what their children are/are not allowed to drink.”