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Boy suspended from school for selling crisps

The boy was said to have been selling crisps at a marked-up price

A boy has been suspended from school after apparently selling unhealthy snacks to fellow students.

Joel Bradley, 12, was allegedly caught selling a packet of crisps at a marked-up price at Cardinal Heenan Catholic High School in Liverpool.

He was told to stay away from school on Friday following the alleged incident on Thursday.

Head teacher Dave Forshaw defended the decision and said pupils were only suspended after being caught twice.

'Healthy and proud'

He said students caught for the first time were sent to an isolated part of the school.

Mr Forshaw said: "We are a healthy school and proud of it.

"We are committed to the health of our students and it is very rare for parents to complain about us confiscating crisps, chocolate, Lucozade and Coca Cola."

He added: "The problems schools face is that boys in particular, from 8am to going to sleep, like to eat and that allows this market at break times and lunch for students.

"But on health and litter grounds we just won't allow it."

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