Mom Says She Was 'Lunch Shamed' by School for Packing Oreos for Daughter

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Yahoo: Leeza Pearson was out of fruit and vegetables one day last week, so she tucked a pack of Oreos in her daughter Natalee’s lunch and sent her off to school at the Children’s Academy in Aurora, Colorado.
Pearson said she was stunned when her 4-year-old came home later in the day with the cookies untouched and a sternly worded note from the school.
“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,” read the note, provided to ABC News by Pearson.
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Pearson said she is baffled by how the school handled the situation. “I think it is definitely over the top, especially because they told her she can’t eat what is in her lunch,” Pearson told ABC News. “They should have at least allowed to eat her food and contacted me to explain the policy and tell me not to pack them again.”
Officials at the Children’s Academy said they have no comment when contacted by ABC News. However, Patty Moon, a spokeswoman for the Aurora Public Schools, which provides funding for some of the children to attend the private pre-school, said a note in the lunchbox is not supposed to be standard practice. “From our end we want to inform parents but never want it to be anything punitive,” Moon said.
Moon said the school was just trying to promote healthy eating but Pearson said that effort has often been inconsistent. During this year’s Easter holiday, for example, she said the school asked students to bring in candy for the celebration. Her daughter also receives jelly beans as a snack when she stays for after-school care, Pearson said.
“They say I can’t decide what to feed her but then they sometimes feed her junk food,” Pearson said. “Why am I being punished for Oreos when at other times I am asked to bring candy?”
The child was offered an alternative snack, Moon said. But Pearson said this was not the case and her child came home hungry.
“She is not overweight by any means and I usually try to feed her healthy,” Pearson said, noting her daughter’s lunch also included a sandwich and some string cheese. “It’s not like I was offering cookies to the entire class and it’s not like that was the only thing in her lunch.”
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0 responses to “Mom Says She Was 'Lunch Shamed' by School for Packing Oreos for Daughter

  1. Leeza Pearson, the solution is HOME SCHOOL!

     
    • Home schooling is exactly correct, but after speaking with our daughter and several of her friends, they all said the same thing, the government is making it harder and harder for them. This is wrong on so many levels.
      They are fighting almost daily with her kindergarten teacher who seems to be a real piece of work.

       
  2. “If they have potatoes, the child will need to bring some bread to go along with it.”—What’s up with that? Why would you have to have bread with your potatoes? That doesn’t make sense at all. Sounds rather ignorant, to me.

     
    • Well, we are talking today’s educators here… they just needed to have a “social-justice disposition” and that’s it, you know.

       
    • Here are some carbs to go along with your starch.

       
    • PMB, I picked up on that same theme. If you had, as they suggest, a sandwich with two pieces of bread with a “potato” filling. You would have an entree which was super high on the glycemic index, a total carbohydrate bomb, as it were. I agree the ignorance of this astonishing. If the little girl does not have a weight issue, there should not be a problem with her having Oreo cookies on occasion. These schools have gone well beyond the bounds of what they need to be concerned with . . . readin’, writin’ and arithmetic. The sad thing is today’s children are processed through the grades–coming out unable to read comprehensively, they can’t write in a manner that is understandable, they no longer are taught cursive writing, and they are so unskilled in arithmetic–they cannot even count change. Just yesterday, I gave a young woman four one dollar bills, and three quarters for a total amount due of $4.70. She took the money and dumped it into the cash register; I think told her that I should be getting one nickle back. At that point she opened the register and gave me back a nickle (I could tell by the look on her face, that she did not have the faintest clue in her own mind that it was appropriate to give me back the nickle. This is just a profoundly sad situation. Yet the schools are honing in on problems that are not their business, and letting slide those problems that are their business!

       
  3. It’s terrible when a parent has to worry that the lunch nazis will confiscate their child’s lunch, leave the child hungry ( all in the name of Mooch’s healthy eating agenda) , and make a public enemy out of the parent for packing contraband (Oreos). Nowhere is it written that these schools have the right to make personal decisions for children, this is still a parental role. I agree with Dr. Eowyn, home school!!

     
  4. Kevin J Lankford

    Something is seriously wrong with this situation. Parents owe no answers or apologies for what they feed their children to any school or government official of any kind. It is the rare exception when a parent does not have the best interests of their child in heart or is just doing the best they can.
    If school officials want to take on the task of assisting, that may well be fine with any parent, but it is certainly not their place to impose on or interfere with parental authority.

     
  5. I am nearly 84 years old. I am all for children and everybody else eating a nutritious diet, but part of the education process should be teaching children how to live a little. Why make a child feel guilty for enjoying an occasional pack of Oreos? Life is short and part of the joy of living is indulging in some of the good things one likes to eat.

     
    • evh . . . you are absolutely right. When children perceive that they are being denied something they might like–they may very well resort to “sneaking food,” just so they can have the forbidden item. That is no healthy, either physically or mentally. The schools actions are just one instance of “screwin with the kids minds.”

       
  6. The thing about if someone gets potatoes they have to have bread(?!) says it all for me. It’s a CONTROL issue;they don’t care about the kids’ nutrition-it’s ALL ABOUT CONTROL. At the very LEAST she needs to find out who else has had this problem and get a petition to remove those in the Academy’s management team who support this over-reach of authority. I’d make it understood that a lawsuit may come into play if the requested changes don’t bring satisfactory results.

     
    • You’ve got it, school must be orderly… Alles in Ordung! Jahwohl! (Funny how progressive left/liberals alwasy seem to go there somehow… )

       
  7. If I had a child in goobermint skewel, I would have been in jail a long time ago.
    -Dave

     
  8. Yeah, that potatoes and bread thing is a little strange. Ignorant actually. Talk about a arbitrary, controlling nanny state! The gov’t needs to stay out of parents’ choices for THIER OWN children. It doesn’t take a damned village!
    And natural (no sugar etc.) peanut butter is quite healthful.
    Notice I said healthful and not healthy. In order for something to be healthy it must be ALIVE. My pet grammar peeve.

     
  9. Perhaps the potato bread combo will make the tykes crash after lunch for nap time. Hmmm.

     
  10. She wasn’t “lunch shamed” – yes the rules seems a bit over-the-top. But it was a private matter between her and the school until she went public with it. Sounds like a private preschool (a 4 yr old) they can make whatever rules they want and she doesn’t have to send her kid there if she doesn’t like them. But suggesting they “shamed her” is over reacting . They simply enforced their rule and sent her a letter explaining them. I’m sure those rules were provided and available to her before this incident as well.

     
    • This school is part of a public school system, receiving some public funds. And a note in the lunch box is not a “rule”, according to the spokesman.

       

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