Sad 4-Year-Old Girl Gets Lunch Shamed At School
Leeza Pearson had run out of fruit and vegetables to put into her daughters packed lunch for school so instead chose to place a pack of Oreo's in her 4 year old daughter's lunch box for school.
Her daughter later came home with the Oreo's untouched and a note from the school explaining that it is really important that all children have a healthy lunch and stating which foods are suitable and which are not.
Patty Moon a spokeswoman for the Aurora Public Schools has come forward and said a note placed inside a lunch box is not standard practice, if that is the case why was this allowed to happen and why to this specific child?
It's not like the child always turns up with Oreo's in her packed lunch, this seemed to be a one off thing.
This, as you can imagine left Leeza Pearson furious as her daughter ended up not eating her full meal that was packed for her, leaving her hungry and humiliated which left her understandably upset.
Patty Moon did say that the young girl was given the option of an alternative snack which she did not accept. Leeza Pearson does not believe this was the case.
Leeza Pearson was out of fruit and vegetables one day last week, so she tucked a pack of Oreos in her daughter Natalee's lunch and sent her off to school at the Children's Academy in Aurora, Colorado.
Pearson said she was stunned when her 4-year-old came home later in the day with the cookies untouched and a sternly worded note from the school.
"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 healthy 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," read the note, provided to ABC News by Pearson.
Pearson could not understand why the school handled the situation like this. Why didn't they contact the parent directly to explain the situation? Why did they humiliate her daughter?
Pearson stated that the school often asks children to bring in candy for things such as Easter and it has been known that her daughter has been given jelly beans as a treat during after school care.
If they're giving out candy at school, then what's wrong with Mom giving her own kid Oreo cookies? They can't have cookies as a snack, but Jelly Beans are ideal for after school care? Sounds crazy, right?
A PUBLIC school operating a healthy eating policy should stick throughout the school day and not just during lunch time. Considering it is a public school, the parents should have the final say over what their child eats. Cookies is not a big deal. Sure, if the kid weighs 300 pounds, then you tell them no. Fighting obesity is important and fat kids shouldn't be eating cookies.
This is a very sad situation. You send your child to school with a packed lunch so that they have something to eat during the day only to find out they were prevented from eating it.
I would be very upset if my child came home from school upset after being prevented from eating the food I gave to them.
You can see from the photo's this is a healthy, happy little girl, she is not overweight and her Mum makes every effort to feed her healthy foods. This was a one off being that she had run out of fruit and vegetables which happens. I am a Mother and I have run out many of times.
Allowing this little girl to eat her lunch and quietly and politely speaking with the Mother about the problem would have been a better way of handling the situation. I am sure allowing her just once to eat Oreo's would not have had any kind of impact on their healthy eating policy.
How would you feel if this was your daughter and she had come home hungry and upset after being told she could not eat part of her lunch?
Maybe the school should take a closer look at their policy and their explanation of how it should be handled. A note is not a very professional way of dealing with a parent.