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A Mother Claims Her Little Boy Got Dehydrated Due To School’s Policy On Fruit Juice

Bryony Cappleman, 34, sent Jacob, seven, off to class on Monday, July 18, with three 16-ounce bottles of squash.

A mom is claiming a teacher at her son’s school told him he was only allowed one bottle of squash – a fruity soft drink favored in Britain — on one of the hottest days of the year.

Bryony Cappleman, 34, sent Jacob, seven, off to class on Monday, July 18, with three 16-ounce bottles of squash because she says he doesn’t like water.

But she claims when she picked Jacob up, he revealed he had been told by teaching staff he could only consume just one juice bottle that day.

She says this left him dehydrated on one of the hottest days of the year.

The mother messaged Wheatcroft Community Primary School to complain and find out what had happened.

It is understood staff replied and reiterated the school’s health rules – which apparently state that soft drinks are only allowed at certain times of the day.

Water, however, can be drunk at all times.

But Ms. Cappleman, a mother-of-two said: “I just can’t get my head round it, to be honest.

“They’ve compromised on uniform policy because of the weather, so why can’t they compromise on this?”

When approached for comment, the school said Jacob had been seen filling up his water bottle and “was seen drinking from that bottle throughout the rest of the day by staff in the classroom.”

But Ms. Cappleman claims he “won’t drink water.”

Nurse Cappleman says she sent Jacob off to class with three bottles containing Robinson’s squash.

She claims he has not been keen on water all his life so, as a compromise, she makes him a weak fruit drink every day to take to his primary school.

Jacob Cappleman posing with his water bottle. Jacob’s mother claims a teacher at her son’s school told him he was only allowed one bottle of juice – on one of the hottest days of the year. (Bryony Cappleman, SWNS/Zenger)

She says this usually doesn’t conflict with the school rules, which she says state students are allowed to drink one juice or squash bottle with their lunch each day.

But, due to the extreme weather, Ms. Cappleman says she decided this wouldn’t be enough for Jacob – and packed him three instead.

She then sent her son off to school in their hometown of Scarborough, North Yorkshire, in England’s north, in the United Kingdom.

But, when he returned, he said he had only drunk one of the three bottles – apparently because the rules had not changed, despite the heat.

As a result, it transpired that Jacob had drunk nowhere near enough, the mom claims – on what was one of the hottest day of the year.

Ms. Cappleman says she has complained to the school but has been unsatisfied with their response.

She said: “Jacob won’t drink water, and to get round it, I make him a very weak, sugar-free squash to take with him to school.

“And, it was roasting yesterday, so of course he needed more than just the one bottle.

“But to drink more than one goes against the school’s ‘health’ policy and he was literally banned from drinking any more.

“How can a school claim to be upholding healthy standards when my son was dehydrated as a result of their rules – it’s a disgrace.

Bottles of Orange squash sit on display in a Tesco supermarket on July 06, 2022 in Northwich, England. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

“I’m a nurse and the amount of global admissions hospitals get from dehydrated children and elderly people during this kind of weather is frightening.

“I would understand if it was Red Bull or Monster Energy, but it’s not – it’s a family drink.

“I’ve kept him home from school today because I’d rather have him somewhere where I know he’s drinking during this hot weather – it’s really frustrating.”

A spokesperson for Wheatcroft Community Primary School said: “The pupil in question brought three bottles of juice into school.

“During the morning he drank one 500-milliliter [16-ounce] bottle whilst in class.

“He requested a second bottle and a member of staff suggested he refilled his bottle with water and save his second bottle for packed lunch.

“The pupil filled up his water bottle with water and was seen drinking from that bottle throughout the rest of the day by staff in the classroom.

“All our children have access to cold water to drink or fill up their water bottles with throughout the day.

“All pupils are encouraged to bring their own water bottles and as a healthy school we encourage children to drink water in class, at playtimes and PE lessons to stay hydrated.”

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