School Threw Son’s Snack In Trash Because They Said It Was Unhealthy
Jan 14th, 2022
Every mother wants their kids to eat healthily even at school. This is why Elaina Daoust makes sure that her son is bringing healthy lunch to school. Every child needs to learn how to differentiate whether the food they are eating is healthy or not. And this is what this school wanted to implement to their students. But many parents believe that they went too far, especially this mom in this story.
Yes, she understands the importance of letting children understand this matter. And it can be challenging especially for young children like her four-year-old son. However, she cannot believe after her son’s school staff deemed his lunch to be “unhealthy.”
The Durham Catholic District School in Canada recently decided to only serve their students with healthy foods. To extend this effort to their students, they asked the parents to support this initiative. They reminded parents to be mindful of the food that they pack for their kids’ lunch.
One day, Eliana packed some banana bread onto her 4-year-old son’s lunchbox. For her it was healthy and it was her son’s favorite. She learned that the staff at school threw her sons’ lunch, specifically the banana bread because it has chocolate chips in it.
The teacher did not care if the boy burst into tears after she threw part of his lunch in front of his peers. The boy was left with grapes for lunch.
During an interview afterward with The Star, Elaina said, “He came home with a chart (listing healthy snack ideas) and told me he and the teacher talked about it and healthy choices. She also sent a note to me. I was really, really, really mad for several reasons.”
Now you might wonder what else did the school ban from the kids’ lunchboxes. Some of them included the Goldfish crackers, granola bars, juice boxes, chocolate milk, string cheese, and even fruit snacks. Aside from Elaina, thirty other parents came forward to say that their children were also put into the same situation as Elaina’s son.
When asked, the school officials claimed that they have the right to throw away any food that they consider “unhealthy.” This is part of the school curriculum. Doing so will help the students distinguish the healthy and unhealthy foods that they can eat.
However, not everyone agrees with their rationale. James Mackinnon, a teaching and learning consultant with the school board explained, “There is nowhere in our policy or procedures that say our staff is allowed to take food away from a student.”
Experts believe that it is very important that a child, even at a very young age, should know the importance of healthy eating. This can have a huge impact on their adult years. Parents who are able to adopt healthy eating habits to their young children will have an assurance that it will have a positive influence on their child’s eating behavior and eating parents when they become adults.
And we believe that this is what the Durham Catholic District School wanted to implement.
But do you think the school was too strict with their rules regarding food preferences? There is no doubt that they only want the best for their students. However, if you are asked, will you consider Elaina’s banana bread with chocolate chips unhealthy? Was it right for the staff to embarrass the child in front of his classmates?