An ambitious school-boy made over $20,000 by selling chocolate, drink, chips, and sweets to his chums. However, rather than celebrating his achievement, his school has actually threatened him with suspension.
Fifteen-year-old Tommie Rose from Salford, England, has revealed that he made around $100 every day from his business. In fact, his profits and business were so impressive that he even employed two pals to help him with his endeavor. Tommie paid them just under $10 per day for their assistance.
Rather than looking to spend his money on frivolous items, Tommie explained that he was actually planning on using his money to help him pay for university, which costs around $15,000 a year in the UK.
However, his plans have now been scuppered after his school, Buile Hill High School, threatened him with suspension and then expulsion if he doesn’t cease his business.
The school has a strict healthy eating policy, and Tommie Rose’s selection of chocolate, crisps, and candy violates their regulations. Tommie has repeatedly been smuggling his products into class in order to avoid being prosecuted.
According to the Manchester Evening News [via the Metro], Tommie’s father, Gary, has praised his son for creating such a thriving business despite his tender years.
“He’s a typical teenage boy who saw what he wanted and worked hard for it. He realised that if you want to get ahead in business and in life, you have to start at a young age. At first we though we should stop him selling the sweets, but then we saw that he was doing it properly, legally and sensibly so we left it to see what would happen. I could only dream of making that sort of money at his age. It’s a shame the school are trying to stop Tommie.
This isn’t actually the first school that Tommie has launched his business in though. In fact, back in September 2011, Tommie was given around 10 days of suspension from Oasis Academy because of his trading. He then moved school and immediately started where he had left off.
According to the Mirror, James Inman, the head teacher at Buile Hill Visual Arts College, has accused Tommie of running a “black market,” which means his school is now filled with a variety of sugary goods.
“We admire this pupil’s entrepreneurship but school is not the place to set-up a black market of fizzy drinks, sweets and chocolates. We have extremely high standards and with our healthy eating policy we don’t allow isotonic drinks, fizzy drinks and large amounts of sweets for the good of our children. Our high standards are set out to pupils and their parents at the start of the school year.”
[Image via Business Insider]