Today, it is the story of a school encroaching upon parental rights, via Hot Air
Remember last year when a Chicago school flatly forbade kids from bringing in homepacked lunches? A school in North Carolina has a different approach: You can bring the lunch mom packed for you, but if it doesn’t meet the USDA guidelines, you’ll be marched to the cafeteria to eat a “healthy” lunch instead — and mom will be billed for the extra expense.
The punchline? Mom’s lunch actually did meet the guidelines in this case.
The girl’s mother — who said she wishes to remain anonymous to protect her daughter from retaliation — said she received a note from the school stating that students who did not bring a “healthy lunch” would be offered the missing portions, which could result in a fee from the cafeteria, in her case $1.25…
“What got me so mad is, number one, don’t tell my kid I’m not packing her lunch box properly,” the girl’s mother told CJ. “I pack her lunchbox according to what she eats. It always consists of a fruit. It never consists of a vegetable. She eats vegetables at home because I have to watch her because she doesn’t really care for vegetables.”
When the girl came home with her lunch untouched, her mother wanted to know what she ate instead. Three chicken nuggets, the girl answered. Everything else on her cafeteria tray went to waste.
“She came home with her whole sandwich I had packed, because she chose to eat the nuggets on the lunch tray, because they put it in front of her,” her mother said. “You’re telling a 4-year-old. ‘oh. you’re lunch isn’t right,’ and she’s thinking there’s something wrong with her food.”
It turns out that the lunch did, in fact, meet the standards. But that is not the meat, pardon the pin of the story. The parents ought to decide what the kids take to lunch, not the morons in our school systems. And please, spare me the “but some parents might not pack a healthy lunch” BS. First of all, define “healthy”. Go to a bookstore sometime and look at the diet section. So many different books, written by so many different “experts” with so many different definitions of “healthy”. And you actually think we can trust bureaucrats to decide what is healthy? Good luck with that!
Besides, the government has more important things to do. Like warning us of the inherent dangers of sand castles
A new study performed by the EPA has determined that playing in the sand at the beach can make you sick.
In an article titled “Digging in Beach Sand Linked to Increased Risk of Gastrointestinal Illness,” the EPA cites a intensive study performed by EPA researchers and other scientists which found that your risk of getting sick might increase after playing in the sand.
How did any one of us ever survive to adulthood without these Nanny Staters to protect us?