A top Merseyside grammar school has said it will temporarily exclude any pupil it believes to be involved in a new scourge that is rife in the school: sweet-dealing.
Staff at St Anselm's College in Birkenhead said they had foiled a "racket" that has led to pupils selling sweets to others during break times.
It is understood that a number of entrepreneurial pupils saw a gap in the market after a government clampdown on junk food.
Teachers said they stumbled on the sweet ring when they caught pupils dealing in fizzy drinks and chocolate bars in the playground and on the bus.
Simon Duggan, the head, is concerned that the practice could lead to fights and theft. But, as yet, it is not believed an all-out turf war has developed.
In a letter to parents, Mr Duggan said any child caught dealing in sweets would be excluded and their "ill-gotten gains" confiscated.
He added: "Sweets are not allowed to be sold in schools under food regulations, and we will not let any student subvert these necessary rules.
"The governors and I expect the full co-operation of parents in this matter. It is simply an issue of common sense." rv.