Mom Claims Her Son Got Dehydrated Due to School's Policy on Fruit Juice

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 similar to juice that's favored in Britain - on one of the hottest days of the year.

Bryony Cappleman, 34, sent Jacob, 7, off to class on Monday 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 said this left him dehydrated on one of the hottest days of the year.

Bryony and Jacob Cappleman
Bryony Cappleman and her son Jacob pose for a selfie. Bryony claims a teacher at Jacob'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

The mother messaged Wheatcroft Community Primary School, in Scarborough, England, to complain and find out what 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 consumed at all times.

Cappleman, a mom 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 Cappleman claims he "won't drink water."

She said she sent Jacob to school 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 with water bottle
Jacob Cappleman poses 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, Cappleman said she decided this wouldn't be enough for Jacob and packed him three instead.

But, when he returned, he said he only drank 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.

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

"Jacob won't drink water, and to get around it, I make him a very weak, sugar-free squash to take with him to school," she said.

"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.

Orange fruit juice in Tesco supermarket
Bottles of orange squash (juice) sit on display in a Tesco supermarket on July 6, 2022, in Northwich, England. A mom is claiming 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. 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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