Students Get Sick From Drinking Energy Drinks

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) - Officials at the American Christian Academy are considering banning energy drinks after one student was hospitalized and several others became ill after drinking too many of the drinks during the school's annual prom trip.

Headmaster Dan Carden says about 10 students became sick about 10 p.m. on April 11th while the school was at The Grand Hotel Marriott Resort in Point Clear for its prom. One student began vomiting.

Carden says the school holds its prom away from Tuscaloosa for safety and monitoring purposes. This year, 110 students made the trip.

Carden says at least two of the students were taken to a nearby hospital and all of them were tested for drugs, alcohol and tobacco. He says none of the tests came back positive. He says the hospital also analyzed the drink and no alcohol or illegal substances were found.

The school has taken disciplinary action against some of the students at the prom, but Carden declined to elaborate.

The Christian Academy is working on a schoolwide policy that will ban energy drinks of campus. The drinks usually contain a high amount of caffeine mixed with B vitamins.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • by zach logue Location: geneva Ny on May 21, 2008 at 08:27 AM
    Kids in my school drink energy drinks all the time and i tel them it is bad for them but maybe it wll take an event like this to get peoples attention
  • by stacy Location: enterprise on Apr 19, 2008 at 05:47 PM
    Um, last time I checked caffeine was in a LOT of things (chocolate, coffee, tea, sodas, etc). Let's ban those too! Yea, ok. My daughter threw up after gorging on cake, ice cream and other junk foods at a b-day party. Should we ban those to?
  • by Anonymous on Apr 18, 2008 at 01:11 PM
    Of course you need to ban them and/or make the age 21 to drink or posses. Caffeine is a stimulant..a drug and children don't know how to monitor their intake or understand the effects. This is a classic case of time it may be death. These drinks are NOT HEALTHY, a vitamin B is absorbded through our food intake...when you drink excess your body just flushes it out. There is nothing good about this stuff. It increase your heart rate and blood pressure. ets don't wait until our children die. Make the AGE 21. And make stiif fines and jailtime just like we do for alcohol.
  • by jason Location: 701 circle view drive on Apr 18, 2008 at 12:18 PM
    I think you should not band energy drinks because you need to limit the number of drinks that kids drink. Thank you.
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