An Aurora, Colorado mother named mother named Leeza Pearson packed Oreos as part of her daughter’s lunch and says she was subsequently “shamed” by school administrators. Apparently the teachers confiscated the cookies like they were heroin balloons and sent the child home with a stern note.
According to ABC News, the message to Pearson read:
“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.”
Come on, like those teachers don’t eat cookies.
“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.”
Children’s Academy, where Pearson’s 4-year-old daughter attends school, had no comment on their strict stand against delicious Oreos. But a spokeswoman for Aurora Public Schools named Patty Moon says this note fiasco isn’t “standard practice.” Pearson says, in addition, that the school is being hypocritical; staff gave her daughter jelly beans as a snack for Easter.
The horror. Hey, Children’s Academy, what’s your deal?
I don’t have any children, but if I pack my kid some Oreos that I paid for with my money, I’m pretty sure that no one has the right to take them away from her.
“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.”
Image via ABC News.
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