We Just Can’t Leave It Up To The Parents To Decide
“RAEFORD — A preschooler at West Hoke Elementary School ate three chicken nuggets for lunch Jan. 30 because a state employee told her the lunch her mother packed was not nutritious.
The girl’s turkey and cheese sandwich, banana, potato chips, and apple juice did not meet U.S. Department of Agriculture guidelines, according to the interpretation of the agent who was inspecting all lunch boxes in her More at Four classroom that day.”
Sound like a lunch you or I would pack for our child? Yep. Is it the parents prerogative to decide what is best for their child to eat? Yep. Is it the business of the school to check it? HELL NO.
We send out kids to be educated. We send them to be engaged with children their own age, to learn and to experience a variety of things. We do not send them to school to experience the Lunchroom Third Reich. The over-reach of government has expanded to the point of absurdity, with it now weaving its tentacles into the stomachs of our children. Enough is enough. I take this VERY personally. Had that been my child, rest assured this article and this incident would be national news overnight.
““With a turkey sandwich, that covers your protein, your grain, and if it had cheese on it, that’s the dairy,” said Jani Kozlowski, the fiscal and statutory policy manager for the division. “It sounds like the lunch itself would’ve met all of the standard.” The lunch has to include a fruit or vegetable, but not both, she said. “
Hang on here… Fiscal and statutory policy manager? What in the Blue Hell is that? There’s a position to be cut that would save our education system hundreds of thousands. Where does this woman get off judging what our kids eat? Does she have a crystal ball that tells her the kid didn’t eat a vegetable in the last 24 hours? One better, is it any of her damn business? NO. I’m outraged my tax money is funding this illegal search and seizure of little kids lunches. Another basic concept seems to have escaped the attention of this Jani Kozlowski person: healthy eating is a pattern.
It’s not one single meal that comprises healthy eating. It’s a lifelong endeavor to feed ourselves and our children appropriately. That home packed lunch was part of it. Was this school official a fly on the wall at this child’s house? Do they know what they eat for every meal? No. It’s well past time educators focus on educating. The mom of that child in no way should be apologizing or any other related rationalization — she doesn’t have to. She did her part well as a parent and the school seems to think they know better than her. They owe HER an apology and also one to her child.
““When children bring their own food for meals and snacks to the center, if the food does not meet the specified nutritional requirements, the center must provide additional food necessary to meet those requirements.”
Still, Kozlowski said, the parents shouldn’t have been charged.”
Charged?! I think the school owes that mom money for the waste of the perfectly healthy food she sent with her child. Good grief, moms and dads out there! How long are we going to put up with this crap? How long are we going to nod and smile while our kids are being terrorized by authoritarian rule enforcers, who in essence are making US out to be the bad guys? How dare we pack our own child’s lunch that they actually will eat! And a decent and healthy one at that!
I called the West Hoke Elementary this morning and asked the Principal for a comment. He was more concerned with who I was and who I wrote for than in answering my question. After a few moments of re-iterating what blogs I wrote for and my responses (minus my real name – I don’t give that out and it’s irrelevant to the question), I re-stated the question a third time:
LL1885: “Do you have any comment on the lunch of one of your students that was summarily discarded by one of your staff and replaced with a school lunch?”
Principal Jackie Samuels: “No, I don’t have a comment.”
LL 1885: “Ok, Thank you!”
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