Davis High School in Utah is being fined $15,000 for allowing students access to soda during the school lunch period.
The school was allowed to have vending machines, but Federal law requires the machines be turned off during school lunch hours. Students can purchase carbonated beverages before lunch and drink them during the lunch period, but they are not permitted to purchase a carbonated beverage or candy during the lunch period.
Davis High School turned off the soda machines in the cafeteria, but the machines were left on in the bookstore.
“It is challenging when you can have a Coke before lunch and consume it during lunch, but you can’t buy a Coke during lunch,” said Chris Williams from the Davis School District.
“It’s our own decision if we want to have soda or not, and I think we should be left with that decision and not have it taken away,” said one student.
The school was using the vending machines to fund educational programs.