8th Grader Suspended for Sharing his Lunch

Government schools sure have an odd way of teaching kids. Last year, Mark Horne wrote about an incident in Florida where a 15-year-old student on a school bus was able to wrestle a .22 revolver away from a student who appeared as if he was about to shoot another student. Horne wrote that even though the police confirmed to the media that the handgun was loaded, the school still suspended the boy for three days for being “involved in an incident” that involved a weapon. Bear in mind that this 15-year-old boy probably saved another kid’s life. But because he was involved with an incident involving a gun, he got in trouble.

And there was another case where a student could have saved the life of another and ended up getting suspended for violating the school’s ludicrous “no tolerance” policies regarding weapons. Sixth grader Adrionna Harris had taken a small razor away from a fellow student who was cutting his arm. Harris told school administrators what had happened, and instead of getting praise for doing the right thing, she got a 10-day suspension with recommendation for expulsion.

Recently, in the great state of Northern California, there was a similar incident, although it wasn’t a life-or-death situation like the examples above. An 8th grader had the audacity to share his lunch with a fellow student. He got suspended:

Weaverville Elementary School student Kyle Bradford, 13, gave a friend some of his chicken burrito on Tuesday because the student didn’t like the cheese sandwich being served by cafeteria officials that day.

“It seemed like he couldn’t get one, a normal lunch, so I just wanted to give mine to him because I really wasn’t that hungry. It was just going to go in the garbage if I didn’t eat it,” Bradford told CNN.

Although Bradford’s mother said he should not have been punished for being compassionate, he received detention.

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The punishment was doled out because of a policy that prohibits students from exchanging meals in an effort to avoid issues with allergies, according to officials with Trinity Alps Unified School District, which includes Weaverville Elementary School.

“Of course if students are concerned about other students not having enough to eat we would definitely want to consider that, but because of safety and liability we cannot allow students to actually exchange meals,” district Superintendent Tom Barnett told CNN.

It’s always about safety. Students shouldn’t even be allowed to be in the same room as others, for fear that there might be a possibility of spreading diseases and illnesses.