"It's like the Prohibition movement, and we all saw what happened with that. You take away certain things, and they become more desirable."
That's an 18-year-old Northern California high school student talking about ... soda pop.
Rocky Slaughter of Shasta High in Redding wants students to be able to buy pop from school vending machines. He's out to collect 373,816 valid signatures to put an initiative on the state ballot.
Shasta, which shares its name with a brand of pop, is one of a handful of schools in the state that have pulled the plug on pop, a year ahead of California's mandate for high schools to start replacing soda with water, juice and sports drinks.
"We're allowed to drive a car. We're allowed to shoot guns. These are dangerous activities. So why can't we make decisions about nutrition?" Slaughter told the San Francisco Chronicle.
Read more about Slaughter's pop crusade here.