(EAG News) The British government is urging school leaders to use their "common law powers" to search student lunches and potentially confiscate any items they deem "unhealthy or inappropriate."
Education minister Lord Nash tells Express, "Schools have common law powers to search pupils, with their consent, for items.
"There is nothing to prevent schools from having a policy of inspecting lunch boxes for food items that are prohibited under their school food policies.
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"A member of staff may confiscate, keep or destroy such items found as a result of the search if it is reasonable to do so in the circumstances."