Brampton high school students take on junk food ban
Published Sunday, May 6, 2012 10:22PM EDT
A pair of Brampton high school students is challenging a province-wide ban on junk food in school cafeterias with a YouTube video that quickly gained traction over the weekend.
The video, produced by St. Thomas Aquinas student council members Samuel Battista and Brian Baah, was viewed more than 7,000 times by Sunday night, sparking discussions and debate on Twitter and Facebook. Even Ontario Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak tweeted about it.
The video combines interviews with students, scenes from the school cafeteria, footage of speeches and rants by famous personalities to send the message that teens are frustrated by the limited menu choices they face every lunch hour at school.
"For years, we've been patronized…told what we can do, what we can't do. And then we walk into our cafeterias and realize that we can't even choose to buy a Coke," Battista, who appears throughout the video as a narrator, said in a phone interview Sunday night.