She Got Mad When Her Son’s Teacher Took His Lunch Item Away. Can You Blame Her?
Dangerous Food Items
Teaching children about healthy eating and giving information to the parents is extremely important. The superintendent of the school issued a statement which read, “food preferences and choice remain with students and parents unless they pose an adverse allergic danger to other students.” The food item that was taken away must have been a threat to the rest of the school.
Going Bananas Over Bananas
So, what was the food that caused this uproar? Banana bread! But the banana bread must have contained nuts, which is harmful to those allergic, right? Wrong. It only had a few chocolate chips in it. Daoust even said that she purchased it because it said “nut free” and safe for kids in school. She has claimed that her son is a picky eater. “It's not like he had chips or a chocolate bar." After taking the banana bread, the school gave the child a healthier option.
Picky Eater Reporting To Duty
Once the teacher took away the child’s banana bread, she replaced it with a healthier option. Instead of that evil chocolate chip banana bread, he was given some grapes! The teacher didn’t know that the student was a picky eater and was just attempting to help him make healthy choices. The grapes are definitely a healthier option, but that only works if the child actually eats it.
It's The Parent's Responsibility
Even though the student ate a small part of his lunch, he was hungry for the rest of the day. What the teacher should have done was discuss food options with the parents, instead she discussed it with the student, took away his food, and quite honestly, overstepped her bounds. It would be different if this only happened once, but many school districts have forced their hand on the lunch choices of students.
Communicate With The Parents First
This is a rising problem with schools, according to the Associated Press. One mother, Janae Brangman, said her son’s raisins were taken from him because apparently they had too much sugar in them! She was furious when she stated, "it was more unhealthy for a child not to eat at all." Teachers need to make it their mission to take these issues up with the parent, and not the child.
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