A TEACHER has given up the profession because aggressive kids “high on energy drinks” kept ruining her lessons.
Laura Douglas, 38, said she has been sworn at, taunted and had lessons disrupted by pupils chugging drinks such as Red Bull, Monster Energy and Lucozade.
She told the Mirror: “This is a genuinely massive problem for teachers.
“Kids are using energy drinks as if they are drugs to elevate their mood.
“They pump them up and make them high when they might already be sleep-deprived, hungry and grumpy.
“I have seen big, strong hormonal lads shoving teachers in corridors, threatening other pupils and staff. They’re tanked-up with bravado, raring to go.”
The UK Food Standards Agency advises that “children, or other people sensitive to caffeine, should only consume in moderation drinks with high levels of caffeine.”
NHS guidelines specify that a 10-year-old should not consume more than 99mg caffeine or 24g sugar daily.
A 500ml Monster Energy can, around £1, has 160mg of caffeine and 55g sugar, which is well above the guidelines.
A 250ml can of Red Bull has 80mg caffeine and 27g sugar.
Lucozade Sport (500ml) has an unspecified amount of caffeine and 18g of sugar.
Original Energy, with 80mg caffeine per 250ml can, can be bought for just 30p.
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Waitrose became the first UK supermarket to ban sales of energy drinks to under-16s this month, following concerns about the impacts of high level of sugar and caffeine on children’s health and behaviour.
Monster Energy, Original Energy, Lucozade and Red Bull have been contacted for comment.