Students Scoff At Soft Drink Ban - WLOX.com - The News for South Mississippi

Students Scoff At Soft Drink Ban

At high schools across the coast, students can buy soft drinks throughout the day except at lunch. Federal law doesn't allow vending machine sales during the school lunch period, but at Harrison Central High that doesn't stop students from sipping their favorite sodas with lunch.

Student Alexis Gardner says, "Look at everybody walking around drinking cold drinks. It defeats the purpose. If you don't want us to drink them during lunch, why have the vending machines where we can buy them?"

At lunch, the kids have a choice of only milk, water or juice, so they buy their drinks before lunch. The students say they, not someone else, should decide what to drink. 

Michael Duckworth says, "We're still gonna drink soft drinks no matter what. If not, we'll just stop by the store on the way to school and get a drink. They can't stop us."

"Sometimes in the morning, like, somebody won't be able to have breakfast and they'll just go to the drink machine. And sometimes it helps wake people up," says Melissa Tatum. 

Student Shelley Lavender says, "Not everybody likes water or milk and it should be our personal choice. I think we should have them."

Most of the students heard the news about Los Angeles schools getting rid of their drink machines for health reasons, and some students don't buy it. 

"I mean look at the school lunch. Hey, come on, it's greasy, that greasy pizza, the french fries. Is that low fat? I mean everybody's not going to get a salad," says Gardner.

Students say it will take more than banning soft drinks from campus to fight fat. Administrators say they haven't heard any health concerns from parents about the drink machines.

Money from vending machine sales are distributed among the schools in each district, and it can really add up. For example, the Harrison County School District collects about $116,000 twice a year from the machines.

By: Marcia Hill

  • NEWSMore>>

  • Neshoba's giant house party in high gear

    Neshoba's giant house party in high gear

    Sunday, July 23 2017 10:26 AM EDT2017-07-23 14:26:44 GMT
    The cabins are packed at the Neshoba County Fair for ths annual Mississippi tradition (Photo Source: Google)The cabins are packed at the Neshoba County Fair for ths annual Mississippi tradition (Photo Source: Google)

    Mississippi’s giant house party might not have the fanfare of 2016. But, it’s still a must visit event for families across the magnolia state. This year is not a political year in Mississippi. So, the political stumping is not nearly as significant as it can be. Yet, this Wednesday and Thursday, people will gather under the pavilion at Founders Square and listen to a series of speeches from Mississippi’s elected leaders.

    More >>

    Mississippi’s giant house party might not have the fanfare of 2016. But, it’s still a must visit event for families across the magnolia state. This year is not a political year in Mississippi. So, the political stumping is not nearly as significant as it can be. Yet, this Wednesday and Thursday, people will gather under the pavilion at Founders Square and listen to a series of speeches from Mississippi’s elected leaders.

    More >>
  • Tax-free shopping holiday starts Friday

    Tax-free shopping holiday starts Friday

    Sunday, July 23 2017 9:53 AM EDT2017-07-23 13:53:43 GMT
    Cash registers will be busy next weekend when Mississippi hotds its annual sales tax holiday (Photo Source: WLOX News Now)Cash registers will be busy next weekend when Mississippi hotds its annual sales tax holiday (Photo Source: WLOX News Now)

    If you need clothes, shoes, or even a backpack, and you like to save a few dollars, you might want to postpone your shopping excursion until next Friday and Saturday.. Those two days are tax-free shopping days across Mississippi. In 2009, the Mississippi legislature created the sales tax holiday.

    More >>

    If you need clothes, shoes, or even a backpack, and you like to save a few dollars, you might want to postpone your shopping excursion until next Friday and Saturday.. Those two days are tax-free shopping days across Mississippi. In 2009, the Mississippi legislature created the sales tax holiday.

    More >>
  • Buddy bags make transition easier for foster kids

    Buddy bags make transition easier for foster kids

    Sunday, July 23 2017 9:27 AM EDT2017-07-23 13:27:58 GMT
    Donations are being accepted to fill buddy bags (Photo Source: buddybagsms.com)Donations are being accepted to fill buddy bags (Photo Source: buddybagsms.com)

    A collection drive starts in D’Iberville this week to make life just a little bit better for children in Mississippi’s foster care system. One80 Fitness will help create Buddy Bags. These bags contain new and gender-neutral fleece blankets, stuffed animals, hygiene kits and activity books. To fill the next 100 bags, organizers need help. They need people to donate blankets and hygiene kits.

    More >>

    A collection drive starts in D’Iberville this week to make life just a little bit better for children in Mississippi’s foster care system. One80 Fitness will help create Buddy Bags. These bags contain new and gender-neutral fleece blankets, stuffed animals, hygiene kits and activity books. To fill the next 100 bags, organizers need help. They need people to donate blankets and hygiene kits.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly