Monday, June 29, 1998 Published at 16:11 GMT 17:11 UK
Drinks ban falls flat with parents
Carbonated water and other fizzy drinks are not top of the pops in Hampshire
A school has taken the wind out of its pupils' sails by banning them from bringing fizzy drinks onto the premises.
Parents have been informed by Shipton Bellinger County Primary School, near Andover, Hants, that the ban is an attempt to stop children burping in class.
Debbie Adlam, whose seven-year-old son Jaye attends the school, described the decision as laughable.
"As far as I am concerned, what I give him for lunch is my concern - not the school's," she said.
"The school is there to teach him, not check what he is having for lunch."
Mrs Adlam, whose son takes carbonated water to school, said she would ignore the ban.
The school's headteacher, Derek Atkinson, declined to comment on the issue.
A spokesman for Hampshire County Council said the school had adopted guidelines which had been recommended by the authority.
"It's not a good idea for children to drink fizzy drinks and then run around in the playground," he said.
"There is also the problem of children shaking up the cans and bottles."
Tap water was readily available to children at all the county's schools, he added.