By Heather Callaghan | Activist Post
Having worked in a school system, there is an inordinate pressure to see terrorism and drugs behind every tray and box, at least in some districts, and a civic duty to act like a surrogate cop, confiscate and report such acts of terror to the proper authorities.
This is so unfortunate because school staff can be some of the kindest, most giving people you’ve ever met; but the pressure and fear comes from on high.
We see kids’ lunches called non-nutritious and replaced with pink-slime nuggets or a child arrested for a plastic knife. Something similar happened this week in Newport, California when the lunch brigade noticed a boy’s glass bottle (safely inside a foam sleeve) and confiscated his healthy Kombucha beverage which is comparable to apple cider.
The next day he was required to visit the Vice Principal’s office where a uniformed cop was waiting there to give him the third degree. The administration claimed the drink violated the no-drugs-and-alcohol policy. The officer wrongly told the child that Kombucha was illegal and dangerous to mix with medicines or antibiotics – then asked him if and what medications he was taking.
He was interrogated and detained in the office the entire day – all the while without parental notification or representation. It gets worse . . . .
But first . . . Kombucha is nothing more than a fermented tea with benefits of probiotics, enzymes, amino acids, vitamins, and more. Many say it is detoxifying, energizing, and can prevent and help with cancer. It’s slightly fizzy, tart and can be fruit flavored and sweet. Many, including more restaurants, enjoy it as a healthy alternative to beer and wine with one missing element – the alcohol!
While it can contain 0.5% ethanol alcohol (classified as non-alcoholic), the alcohol that would be produced gets fermented into acetic acid, which keeps the alcohol down and the healthy benefits up. You may remember the FDA recalling or calling for the removal of Kombucha from store shelves claiming alcohol content.
This was a standard FDA M.O. of creating a scare to kick healthy beverage companies in the pocket book and, no doubt, why “Officer Daft” incorrectly claimed it was illegal – Kombucha is back on grocery shelves and can be purchased by any kid in America. You can even make this stuff cheaply at home; an easy recipe appears in Sally Fallon’s (Weston A. Price) recipe book Nourishing Traditions.
There seems to be a bias against healthy, fermented products – this brings the war on drugs and schools’ no-alcohol policy to an absurd level. Should school officials confiscate apple cider . . . sour kraut . . . yogurt? Someone get Jamie Lee Curtis on the horn! They don’t want this kid to have a healthy intestinal tract!*