Lunch box searches in the pre-K class...seriously?
The Kansas City Star
A turkey and cheese sandwich, banana, potato chips and apple juice sounds like a pretty good lunch for a pre-schooler.
But not good enough for the food police at West Hoke Elementary School in Raeford, N.C., according to this story in the Carolina Journal.
According to the story, a state agent was inspecting lunch boxes in the “more at four” classroom, and deemed that the lunch brought by a 4-year-old girl fell short of U.S. Department of Agriculture guidelines.
So, the agent swapped the girl’s lunch with a school cafeteria lunch and sent the packed lunch home with the child at the end of the day. Mom asked her girl what she’d eaten for lunch instead, and the child reported that she’d enjoyed three chicken nuggets and left the rest of the school lunch untouched. Oh, and the school sent a note home telling mom she owed $1.25 for the lunch.
Oh my goodness. Talk about a total breakdown in common sense. Of course, if a 4-year-old is arriving at school every day with a Twinkie and a Coke, you probably want to have a chat with the parents and persuade them to take the school lunch instead. But a turkey and cheese sandwich is healthy, as is a banana. The girl’s mother told the Carolina Journal that she didn’t pack vegis because her daughter doesn’t like them and mom wants to be around to make sure the child eats them.
In other words, it sounds like this mom knows her daughter and knows her stuff. That the school and a state bureaucrat would interfere in her lunch choices is preposterous.