One of the observations I've made at the "alternative" high school that I work at is the appalling nutrition of the young adults that attend. Their main caloric intake seems to be from sugar and bags of junk food snacks. The kids are constantly eating and drinking sugary and fatty crap, and I believe it's a factor, besides the other chemical influences, and the general chaos in most of their lives, in their overall difficult behavior.
We are, of course, under constant pressure from our administrators to ban eating of any kind in the classroom. I enforce it selectively. You choose your batttles wisely.
Last week, the Principal started selling candy and bags of junk food snacks out of the office. There are signs up all over the school with a list of products and prices. I don't know if the money goes in her pocket or the school's, but that's irrelevant. The kids are getting a completely mixed message, and so are the teachers.
So lets recap: we still have no IEP's (Individualized Education Plans) for the kids. I'm guessing that well over 50 percent of them have learning disabilities. But we have no access to that information, which would include suggestions for accomodating those learning disabilities into our classroom routines. We've got kids that probably need to be in some other settings, who are hugely disruptive. And now we've got the administrator selling sugary snacks so that they'll be even better behaved.