October 24, 2013, - 4:05 pm
ABSURD: Publick Skool Food Nazis Did WHAT?! To Your Kids Over Politically Incorrect Lunches; Removed From Cafeteria Over Sugar
Remember the good old days, when parents could pack their kids’ lunches without worrying about running afoul of the food police? Those days are over. And it’s not just that parents can’t give their kids a peanut-butter-and-jelly sandwich (this will raise the hackles of the Peanutzis and their treasured, “special” peanut-allegic kids AND it’s in a plastic bag, which isn’t biodegradable–another “crime”). Nope. Parents who pack a candy bar or a sugary drink in their kids’ lunches–or whose lunches have non-100%-biodegradable packaging–will get in trouble. And so will their kids, who are accompanied out of the lunch cafeteria like criminals and forced to eat the sugar-laden contraband in purgatory. Not kidding.
Get a load of this:
With food allergies on the rise, many schools have barred all nut products, not just peanut butter, and sometimes other foods like soy and dairy. More schools also have candy and soda bans. A growing awareness of childhood obesity and nutrition means more parental anxiety around choosing the “right” foods . . . . “I pack [my son] a lunch every day and I hate it,” says Amy Hood, a stay-at-home mother of three from Charlestown, R.I. . . .
In January, she tweeted that she had slipped a Kit Kat into her 11-year-old’s lunch: “This is (voice of doom) AGAINST THE RULES. Told him to eat the evidence if confronted.” Her son’s school has a no-candy policy. And while Ms. Hood says she generally packs a healthy lunch, she says she doesn’t “see the problem in a little fun stuff.” . . .
Her son’s charter school also has a no-nut policy and encourages a “zero trash” lunch. It’s one of a number of schools sensitive to the environmental impact of tossing out hundreds of plastic baggies per lunch period. . . . The Post Oak School in Bellaire, Texas, a Montessori school that goes through 12th grade, instituted a no-waste lunch policy in 2011. Disposable water bottles, plastic bags and milk cartons are no-no’s. The school also has its own compost pile. Parents can ask that their child’s lunch leftovers be placed there instead of being sent home. The school has a no-candy policy, too.
It discourages parents from sending “anything sweeter than fruit,” says Elisa Schmidt, the communications coordinator at the school. If kids do bring gummy bears or chocolates, they will be allowed to eat them, but the sweet-eaters will be taken “to a different area to eat it on their own,” Ms. Schmidt says.
And the absurdity over what is now allowed in kids’ school lunches isn’t just a product of idiotic political correctness. It’s also a function of spoiled, coddled kids who aren’t satisfied with just eating what’s given to them:
And a proliferation of cookbooks and parenting blogs admonishing moms and dads to make lunch “fun”—a sandwich in the shape of Hello Kitty; a hard-boiled egg in the shape of a bunny—only add to the pressure. Do you really want to be the only parent sending a squished brown-bagged turkey sandwich?
Gee, and I thought it was about a mid-day meal. Not about whacked out political correctness and sandwiches in the shape of a Japanese feminine icon (Hello Kitty).
But what do I know? Just common sense. And, sadly, America doesn’t place a premium on that these days.
How the heck did this country survive for this long? With “priorities” like these school lunch rules, it’s hard to believe it will survive for that much longer.
Tags: food police