A student was suspended from his high school last week for dealing something out of his locker, but he wasn’t handling drugs: instead, he was selling Pepsi.
Keenan Shaw was handed the two-day suspension last week.
Shaw is a Grade 12 student at Winston Churchill High School in Lethbridge, Alta.
As the Calgary Sun reports, under the school board’s Healthy Nutritional Choices Policy, sugary sodas are not allowed in the schools. Diet versions, on the other hand, are permitted.
The student says he was told that the sales violated the school’s nutrition and marketing policies, and that he was operating a business without a license.
Shaw noted that in comparison to what other students have been known to sell at the southern Alberta school, his own transgressions were minor.
“I’m not going to name any names, but I know a couple of people selling marijuana. There’s kids selling smokes, there was a kid last year selling meth, as well as a kid selling acid,” Shaw said.
Shaw said that he has been told that he will be expelled if the soda sales continue.
Shaw’s mother, Alyssa Shaw-Letourneau, noted that she believes the school’s punishment is too extreme.
“From a business perspective, what he did was actually very smart, and if you look at [it] from the perspective of profit, 140% is pretty good,” Shaw-Letourneau said.
Shaw, for his part, says he’s learned a lesson—though it may not be the one the school meant to teach.
“I’ve learned a lot about business and authority as well as supply and demand, as well as how location ties into all these factors,” Shaw said.
Shaw found a new place to take his business: the sidewalk.
“I can walk out to the sidewalk, make the trade off, and walk back into the school,” Shaw said, noting that he’d sold a couple cans by finding that “little loophole.”