Boy suspended for ‘crisp dealing’ in school

Pupil breaks school’s junk food ban following dad’s example

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A schoolboy has been suspended for ‘crisp dealing’ at a school which has banned unhealthy drinks and snacks. 11-year-old Joel Bradley was allegedly caught selling a packet of crisps for a marked-up price of 50p. He was suspended for a day from Liverpool’s Cardinal Heenan High School because it was the second time he’d been caught.

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Dad Joe said his son had been “victimised” for an enterprise that could earn him as much as £15 a day. “I think the school made a beeline for him because of what I’ve done,” he said. Joe admitted he’d been caught selling canned drinks, chocolate bars and crisps from a van outside the school after the local shop closed.

Headteacher Dave Forshaw said, “We’re a healthy school and proud of it. If parents aren’t happy then they are perfectly free to take their children to a school that allows pupils to sell these things.”

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