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Flamin' Hot Cheetos Getting Banned at Schools

By Deanne Katz, Esq. on October 18, 2012 | Last updated on March 21, 2019

It's no secret that junk food is bad for you but it seems that Flamin' Hot Cheetos are taking all the heat as more schools are banning the popular snack food.

School districts in Illinois, New Mexico, and California have banned Flamin' Hot Cheetos or are trying to do so. Students that bring them to school risk administrators confiscating the bright red spicy snack.

The problem is the lack of nutritional content in the snacks, according to administrators. But what's curious is that other snack foods aren't receiving the same treatment.

Rockford School District in Illinois has banned Flamin' Hot Cheetos as well as candy of any kind, reports the CBS News.

Other chips are 'not encouraged' but Hot Cheetos will be taken from students and thrown away.

Childhood obesity is a serious issue that has gotten significant attention over the past few years. Schools have made efforts to decrease the amount of junk food available to children in schools but this goes a step further and makes a requirement for what food they can bring into school on their own.

While students may chafe at the rules the schools do generally have the power to set the menu. Students still have rights at school but they aren't the same kinds of rights that adults have in public.

Schools can make restrictions on students' rights to protect their health and safety and promote learning.

While that generally means restrictions on behavior it could also extend to what they eat or wear if it is disruptive.

The snacks lack nutritional value but students love them but it also could cause problems with attention in class. That's not to mention the red marks they leave on the fingertips of people who enjoy too many.

Flamin' Hot Cheetos have been on the market for 20 years now, reports the Chicago Tribune, and their popularity doesn't seem to be going anywhere. Even if schools get rid of the addictively delicious snack, that may not stop kids from eating them.

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