Teacher Confiscates 5-Year-Old's Oreos Because They're 'Unhealthy'


Given the dubious school lunches I grew up eating (hello tater tots), I love how schools are promoting healthier food choices. Yet the Children's Academy, a preschool in Colorado, has crossed the line: A teacher took away a student's Oreos -- which the mom had lovingly packed as part of her lunch -- deciding it's better for the girl to go hungry than eat something unhealthy.


The girl's mom, Leeza Pearson, hadn't just given her kid a pile of junk food, either. She'd packed a ham and cheese sandwich and a string cheese, too. Nonetheless, this four-pack of Oreos still rankled the teacher so much that she took them away, and sent home a note essentially banning "unhealthy" snacks.

According to the letter: "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."

Well now ... I'm all for schools promoting healthy eating, and probably wouldn't pack Oreos for my kid. But to take away part of a kids' lunch is worse! The idea that it's better for kids to have a rumbly tummy all afternoon just so they don't eat something "bad" really strikes a nerve with me. 

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Here's why: Kids need LOTS energy. That girl would have probably burned through those four Oreos at recess alone. Plus, I think many moms HATE the idea of their kids being hungry. That's why I over-pack my child's lunch, nearly breaking her bag's zipper to slip in one more clementine. The idea of hungry child just hits me in the gut.

As moms, we go all out to make sure our kids are never hungry ... so to have a teacher get in the way of that? That's sacrilege. Let kids eat their Oreos already.

How do you feel about teachers taking away "unhealthy" food in a child's lunch?


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