Friday, June 1, 2012

Monster Energy Drinks Sold to 2nd Graders during a school field trip?

When we send our children to school, we know they will be taken care of mentally, physically and nutritionally. Sometimes things happen though that not even the school can control. This is exactly what took place on Thursday, May 31st in Upper Michigan.

Both my sons attend Woodland Elementary School in Kingsford, Michigan. My youngest boy who is 8 went on a "End of the Year" school trip to the local roller skate rink. They were offering free skating, laser tag and a movie for the children. It seems this wasn't the only thing they were offering our children... My son told me about how they had the option to purchase Monster Energy Drinks, they were being sold in 2 different sizes. They were both skinny cans, one bigger than the other. The largest was $4 and the smaller one was $3. My son tells me some of the kids bought more than one drink, then went to see the movie.

It is unknown exactly how many kids got these drinks that would NEVER be sold or given out at school. It seems this local skating rink took it upon themselves to sell these drinks to small children, they may as well given them cups of coffee... After the movie concluded at Skate Blvd in Kingsford, MI - The teachers discovered what had happened. One of the students bragged to a teacher about "getting to drink something she wasn't allowed to have a home". It was said the teachers flipped out on the business.

It was also heard the school is requesting an apology from the business for what they did, including this business paying for ALL expenses during this outing. I hold no blame on this school as they did exactly what they should have. Because my kids don't always bring home the papers the school sends, I don't know IF they sent a letter home to us or not. I'm sure many of these parents still don't have a clue about what happened, unless a letter was sent home.

All through out the news, we read about the dangers of energy drinks and children. Most of these articles are talking about teenagers and young adults, not too many involve 8 year old children as this case does. I am very disappointed with this business, they had NO RIGHT to serve these types of drinks to our children without our permission! These drinks give you more pep than coffee does for some people. I would NEVER allow my own children to buy or drink these Monster Energy Drinks, how dare this business bypass my ability to raise my children as I see fit.



The following was posted in this story> http://www.whptv.com/news/local/story/Energy-drinks-are-putting-the-health-of-our-kids/6bKNNCM8NkuIlcnLP2JbiQ.cspx " With caffeine three or four times that of coffee or soda, energy drinks can be dangerous, especially for kids. “It basically is a drug the way it works on the body,” stated Regina Smith of Bent Creek Internal Medicine. Smith is a doctor at Bent Creek Internal Medicine. She says energy drinks work by using massive amounts of caffeine to trick your body into releasing adrenaline. She said the drinks, which have no nutritional value, can cause side effects, especially with the heart. For some kids the affects can be minimal, but for others it can be dangerous and lead to irregular heart beat, palpitations and anxiety. She says parents needs to be aware and consider not letting their kids drink them, at all."

WE MUST REGULATE ENERGY DRINKS!! LETS HELP OUR KIDS, SHARE THIS STORY.

Truth is knowledge, stories like this and many others are why we must regulate the sale of this product. I believe the right age could be 16 or whatever be decided, either way it is far better than more 8 year old's getting it behind their parents back. Even over the counter medicines are regulated that contain caffeine, yet these type drinks aren't? 

What happened to my son and his entire class is a good enough reason for me to regulate, how about you? What do you think about this subject? Do you allow your children to drink these energy drinks? Please do comment..

7 comments:

  1. Its so sad to hear that a school might do such thing!!! How can perents trust schools anymore :(

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    1. The school had no knowledge of it until AFTER it happened, then they stopped it immediately..

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  2. First, the rink has done nothing wrong. I find it disappointing that they caved in and paid for all the trip's expenses (on top of the free skating). These drinks are perfectly legal (and safe) to sell to people of all ages. If you disagree, you're certainly welcome to advocate for restrictions, but first you should teach your kid not to do things you wouldn't allow simply because you're not there.

    Second, I find it hard to believe that such a diligent parent as yourself would not have checked the skating rink's website. At the top of their concession page they show a photo of a smiling kid holding a NOS Energy Drink ( http://www.skateblvd.com/concessions--store.html ). Might that have been a clue?

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    1. I as a parent believe it is the schools responsibility number one to protect our children. Seeing that this happened outside of school, they did what they could after it was learned of what happened. I think the skating rink made a very bad decision by even offering energy drinks to young children when there have already been studies that show the dangers of these drinks and young children. Sometimes people should over look making a profit when small children's lives are at risk.

      We have no explained to my son about why we don't want him drinking them, that it wasn't his fault that others didn't care. Who in their right mind would give an 8 year old the same thing as 3 cups of coffee? The 2nd grade class.. Mark, do YOU have children?

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