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Kids Get Sick From Energy Drink

By: Katherine Cook Email
By: Katherine Cook Email

It's the newest most potent energy drink on the market, but now Spike Shooter is banned from at least one local high school, after claims that it's making some kids sick. If you get caught with a can of Spike Shooter at Doherty High School, the drink will be confiscated.

Manufacturers are touting the 8.4 ounce beverage as, "The hard core energy drink." It comes covered with several warnings, including "Do not use if you are under the age of 18 or elderly," and "Extremely Potent." Now Doherty principal Jill Martin, has a warning of her own.

"We are banning this drink at Doherty High School for the health and safety of our students," said Martin. "I'm certainly not here to tell the manufacturer what to do, but I am here to warn parents."

Martin says last week, 2 Doherty High students were rushed to the emergency room, after they drank just one can of Spike Shooter. Martin says at least 5 others complained of heart palpitations, nausea, vomiting and fatigue, after ingesting the energy drink.

"Of course at first, they had a huge burst of energy, but then when they came down, they almost couldn't function," said Martin. She noted one girl had to be taken from her classroom in a wheelchair, because she could barely walk.

Tim Patterson is CEO of Spike LLC, the company that manufactures Spike Shooter, and emphasizes the drink is not intended for kids. Patterson says the company markets Spike Shooter to the 18-34 age group, and says the drink should not harm consumers if they follow directions. He also suggests drinking just half the can at first, to test tolerance.

"Like any dietary supplement, you need to follow the guidelines on the label," said Patterson. "We've done everything we can to market this correctly... I know we're probably the only company to ever put a warning label on the front to say, "Read the label before drinking this.'"

But after what happened at her school, Martin says she doesn't believe the warning means much to students.

"If you're under 18, most kids aren't going to read that, and it's not against the law for them to buy it."


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