The Irvine Board of Education has banned boba from Northwood for not meeting health requirements, effective Sept. 20. In a school board meeting, the majority moved to approve the ban, while certain students were trying to block the motion.
“We just got these documents less than 24 hours ago, and we deserve some time to review them,” said Northwood’s very own Manav Manivannan, a senior, wanting to have a fair trial. But, the school board, alleging post-examination lethargy, found no reason to delay the confirmation.
During the 12-hour-long session, students defiantly chanted slogans like “we want our boba back!” and “no sugar, no school!”
Students were shocked but the district believes it was the inevitable outcome. The Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2018 requires USDA to establish nutrition standards for all foods sold in schools, beyond the federally supported school meals programs. Boba’s sugar content measures too high, which supports the district’s decision to implement a ban.
At 54 grams of sugar and 544 calories, it violates the health initiative known as BOBA, which stands for Boy this acrOnym stinks I hope they come up with a Better one before this health food motion pAsses.
Boba’s high flavor index is known to cause severe addiction and feelings of satisfaction and joy among students, influencing the districts decision to repeal and replace boba.
“There are just too many drinks, like Starbucks and Peet’s Coffee, that provide more healthy alternatives to boba,” a lead board member explained. “Besides, boba’s really good. We can’t be having our students consuming food that actually tastes good.”
But despite the commotion caused by the new ban, resistance efforts are rising, such as the Bring Our Boba Back Association (BOBBA).
Leader of the BOBBA, junior Shivani Pasricha, is currently working towards having the ban removed.
“The ban is ridiculous and violates Northwood’s core values. We are working day in and day out to remove the ban but the district is putting up a pretty good fight,” Pasricha said.
As the boba battle continues, it leaves students, staff and victims wondering which boba drink will be their last.