The following debate originally took place on my Facebook wall, upon my post, “Public School Lesson #666: Students Will Not Engage in Acts of Charity With Their Food“…
Rayn: Public School Lesson #666:
Students Will Not Engage in Acts of Charity With Their Food, Nor Will They Share Food With Each Other While On School Grounds
Detention slip Kyle Bradfod received for “misconduct” of sharing his lunch with another student who was hungry
Jessi C.: That is ridiculously outrageous…the boy was trying to be good and caring for another…what a world we live in…punished for being a good person…smh
Marilyn W.: SMH!
Stacie T.: I agree with that rule. My son had a milk allergy and reading ingredients showed me that there is milk and milk product in a lot of things you wouldn’t expect. He could end up eating something need not supposed to have. I also wouldn’t want my kids eating from someone else because I don’t know who they are. I’ve never been in their kitchen. I don’t know if they are clean. I know someone who hid her kid’s medication in his applesauce. She did it in the morning before school, but what if someone sent their kid to school with it like that and my kid ate it? If a kid isn’t getting a decent lunch from home, it should be the school’s responsibility to make sure the kid is fed.
Patricia G.: The reason is food allergies. The kid could have died.
Rayn: I don’t agree with this rule because it indiscriminately punishes peaceful and dangerous activity, alike, as though both were equal. That only confuses the issue of food allergies, and trivializes the dangers of such, in the process. Plus, since the school mentions hygiene as another factor, the same effect applies there, as well. And, with only about 7.7% of school-aged children having food allergies (equaling an average of roughly two students per classroom), it would be MUCH MORE reasonable to make sure that the FEW children within the stated risk group are actually being protected through policy, instead of of going about harassing, punishing and violating the rights of the almost 93% of the student body left unaffected. The only lesson here seems to be that “zero tolerance is best,” though it is precisely this sort of thinking that has been systematically turning public schools into veritable prisons, for decades!
In State schools across the country, including parts of New York, New Jersey, Maryland and North Carolina, children can’t even enjoy a consensual hug or hold hands without punishment… all in the name of “safety”!
Healthy social activity between students is slowly being condemned at school, while children are being taught to treat their peers with undue suspicion, to bow to accusatory rules from coercive authorities, to mindlessly comply with arbitrarily orders from “superiors,” and to accept pre-crime as legitimate. Yet, interesting enough, “socializing” is one of the MAIN reasons that parents even subject their children to the torturous, humiliating, nightmarish hazing ritual known as “public school,” instead of teaching them at home.
And, I’m sure this fact will mean very little to the authoritarians out there, but neither of the two children involved actually HAS allergies to speak of! And, this both illustrates the accuracy of the above-quoted stats, and renders most excuses for this policy absolutely moot!
“And, not one child was saved that day!” 😉
Meanwhile, astute readers will note that BOTH BOYS had gotten their food from the school cafeteria menu, which offered them each the same exact options, as allergy-free students. The boy who shared his lunch implied that the second boy was given a low-quality item from the menu (cheaper), and that “he couldn’t get normal lunch” (i.e. the burrito), leaving him dissatisfied with his meal. There’s more to this part of the story, I’m sure, but it seems to have been tidied up a bit… possibly in the interest of protecting the other student involved, or to protect the reputation of the school. (Click Here to Continue Reading This Post)