The 5-year-old’s lunch had a ham and cheese sandwich, string cheese, and a 4-pack of Oreos. Since the school didn’t consider the Oreos healthful enough, they decided to prohibit the child from eating them and sent a note home to the parents letting them know that Oreos are bad for you, and that school policy requires that kids come to school only with what the school considers nutritious food. The Blaze reported:
Leeza Pearson said she packed her 5-year-old daughter’s lunch just like any other day. The child’s lunch on Friday included a ham and cheese sandwich, string cheese and a 4-pack of Oreos.
But Pearson was stunned when her daughter returned home with a partially eaten lunch and a note from Children’s Academy in Aurora, Colorado. The mother claimed the girl was prohibited from eating her Oreos because they weren’t nutritious enough.
The teacher also reportedly sent home a note:
“Dear Parents, it is very important that all students have a nutritious lunch. This is a public school setting and all children are required to have a fruit, a vegetable and a heavy snack from home, along with a milk. If they have potatoes, the child will also need bread to go along with it. Lunchables, chips, fruit snacks, and peanut butter are not considered to be a healthy snack. This is a very important part of our program and we need everyone’s participation.”
What’s wrong with peanut butter? And what’s with this admonition to eat potatoes and bread together? Sounds too starchy. These people are nuttier than the peanut butter they want to ban.
But see, this is just what happens when you give an inch of authority to school officials to teach your kids. They’ll take a mile and then micromanage your kids every step of the way.
The director of the school said that such a note shouldn’t have gone out and said that the matter is being investigated to see if the same type of note went out to other parents. Uh-huh. I think they’re just feeling the heat from the bad press.