An eighth grade student from Weaverville Elementary School got a detention slip for sharing his school prepared lunch Tuesday.
Kyle Bradford, 13, shared his chicken burrito with a friend who didn’t like the cheese sandwich he was given by the cafeteria.
Bradford didn’t see any problem with sharing his food.
"It seemed like he couldn’t get a normal lunch so I just wanted to give mine to him because I wasn’t really that hungry and it was just going to go in the garbage if I didn’t eat it," said Bradford.
But the Trinity Alps Unified School District has regulations that prohibit students from sharing their meals.
The policies set by the district say that students can have allergies that another student may not be aware of.
Tom Barnett, the Superintendent of the Trinity Alps Unified School District says that hygiene issues also come into play when banning students from sharing meals.
"We have a policy that prohibits students from exchanging meals. Of course if students are concerned about other students not having enough to eat we would definitely want to consider that, but because of safety and liability we cannot allow students to actually exchange meals," said Barnett.
Bradford’s mother Sandy Bradford thinks that her son did the right thing by sharing his lunch. She also believes that it isn’t up to the school to discipline her son for good manners.
“By all means the school can teach them math and the arithmetic and physical education, but when it comes to morals and manners and compassion, I believe it needs to start at home with the parent,” Sandy said.
Bradford says that he would definitely share his lunch again if a friend wanted a portion of his meal.
Kids can’t share now? Or trade lunches? What the actual fuck is happening?
I think this article is talking around what the actual issue is.
The student who was “given a cheese sandwich” and “couldn’t get a normal lunch?”
That’s how schools handle students whose families can’t pay their lunch bills. They’re required to give the kid something, so they get a slice of processed cheese between two pieces of white bread. Cheese sandwich.
All those stories about the kids who went through the lines and then had their trays taken away and dumped in the trash in front of them because their account was $5 in the red when they got to the end of the line?
Those kids were given cheese sandwiches.
This isn’t about allergies. I guarantee you that kids at those tables are swapping food all the time. It’s part of the school cafeteria experience.
If the second kid was allergic to the burrito, we’d be reading a different story.
It’s because this kid undermined the system that is supposed to punish students for their parents’ “negligence” (poverty).
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These aren’t isolated cases, either. Here’s a recap of the most recent honor roll of American public school cafeteria douchebaggery:
- An elementary school in Salt Lake City, Utah reportedly seized between 40 and 50 students’ lunches on pizza day and threw them all in the garbage when the kids got up to the register and couldn’t pay because their account balances were either low or empty. Students all over the cafeteria were broken down in tears. I’m sure that made for a great learning environment.
- Remember the most important meal of the day? A 12-year-old Dickinson, Texas boy’s breakfast was thrown in the trash right in front of him at his middle school because his account was short a whopping .30 cents. The breakfast itself cost $1.25.
- Around 25 students at a Massachusetts middle school were forced to throw out their lunches or refused lunch entirely because their accounts were empty or they could not afford to pay. An employee from the school’s on-site lunch provider reportedly gave an order not to provide lunch to students with overextended credit or empty accounts. At least that employee was later put on leave. “I’m pissed that when there are people in prison who are getting meals, my daughter, an honor student, is going hungry,” one father remarked.
- A New Jersey elementary school threw a 10-year-old autistic boy’s lunch in the trash because of an unpaid account…despite having already done so before. “It’s between the parents and the cafeteria. It’s not between the child and the lunch lady. Let the kids eat their lunch,” the boy’s mother told a local news station.
- The middle and high schools in Old Town, Maine have a “no pay, no food policy” that Superintendent David Walker says students, like the 11-year-old denied food because his mom hadn’t paid his account, should be able to understand. “Students are old enough to take responsibility for their lunches” by middle school age, said Walker. You know, because apparently 11-year-olds can suddenly get jobs in this country to afford their lunch at school.
- Over 40 elementary school students in Kentucky were denied a full lunch during state testing week. One student’s account was short $1.15, which the mother told a news station she paid online as many schools require the night before, but the funds hadn’t been processed by lunch time the next day, so her fourth grader spent all day upset and left school crying at the end of the day. Luckily a good samaritan showed up to that school and donated $56 to pay up all student lunch accounts so no more kids would have to go without a full lunch (which isn’t even that large to begin with in this country) during state tests.
- Worse, apparently students at some schools across the state of Minnesota are actually branded with “Money” or “Lunch” stamps across their hands when they are late on accounts as a message to parents to pay up. Yep, they are actually branding children with the scarlet letter of poverty if they cannot afford their lunch, so the child will have to walk around school for the whole entire rest of their day branded and a walking target for ridicule by other children because they are poor or the parents forgot to put money in their children’s accounts.
I’ve personally had the same type of situation happened to me before in which lunch has been thrown right in the trash in front of me when I didn’t have enough money for lunch, and was given an alternate meal of lesser quality. I hadn’t even realized how disgustingly perverse that was at the time because of how it was normalized. Shaming the poor, and even depriving children of food has become normalized. This is especially a problem in conservative states where funding for education is low and funding for things like football stadiums and other less important things is high. Public schools need to be providing students with free meals, which can’t be done without the proper funding as well as the proper allocation of funds on the part of schools and school districts.
All that wasted food. This is cruel.
….this logic makes no sense to homeschool kid.
If that food (that the school already bought) is so fucking precious it can get taken away from you for being short .30, wouldn’t it….go to the next kid who is paid up or…
Nawp. Whole meal in the trash.
I cannot. I am unable to can.
When I lived in California I was too poor to go downtown for lunch, or buy candy at the machines (yeah—there’s a long time ago for you!), or eat in the cafeteria. Then I discovered I could if I worked there. So that’s what I did. In Pennsylvania everybody brought their lunches, so I didn’t feel like a wart. The San Francisco Bay Area was hard to live in if you were poor.
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The Houndstooth Hunting Jacket
While I can consider myself somewhat lucky for having a built that usually accommodates most ready to wear alternatives, nothing beats a garment that has been crafted specifically for your body and taste. Although bespoke is simply not an option for many of us, be it for economical reasons or the difficulty in finding quality local tailors, more and more brands and ateliers are currently offering the next best thing: made to measure.
A few weeks ago I was contacted by Knot Standard, a US based company that aims to deliver the perfect fit in every custom made garment they produce. In recent years the brand has been growing and assuming its place as a fine purveyor of tailored garments for distinct men, marking its presence both online and on several showrooms located in major cities such as New York, Washington DC, Los Angeles or Dubai. Unfortunately, being based in Portugal, I didn’t have a chance to visit one of their showrooms to enjoy a full bespoke experience, but I was happy to test run their exclusive online system. Knowing what goes into the making of a custom garment, I always find it interesting to understand how brands are able to find solutions to do it online, over the pond in this case. Knot Standard has developed a highly technological, yet simple to use system, where a 3D wireframe model of your body is created using your webcam. The whole process takes about 10/15 minutes and easy to follow instructions guide you throughout.
After choosing your favourite piece from their selection of garments, you are given the option to customise it extensively: everything from style, fit, lapel, pockets, lining, embroidery, buttonholes, vents, the works. Furthermore, their team of personal stylists is always available to help you with any questions. My choice was a brown houndstooth sports coat, in a supple wool/cashmere fabric, a British classic revamped to reflect my personal style. After a brief phone conversation with their head stylist, we decided to tweak to a 3 button hunting jacket with a roll lapel and added a few extras such as hand sewn canvas, milanese buttonholes and extra inner pockets for cigars. I must say I was absolutely impressed with the end result: the fabric feels luxurious, the attention to detail is superb and the fit is almost flawless…my only complaint is that the sleeve length could be 1cm longer. Other than that, it absolutely portrays my request of a snug fitting winter sports coat, meant to be worn with a shirt and and cardigan beneath at most.
Here I went with a more casual, yet polished approach to the hunting universe, pairing it with worn down denim and brown ankle boots. The balance is achieved through layering of a light blue spread collar shirt and wool vest, as well as accessories, such the silk knit tie and floral pocket square. The play on casual/refined elements is something I love to experience with in order to deliver my own personal take and identity to any look.
Details: houndstooth hunting jacket by Knot Standard, spread collar shirt by IGN Joseph, vintage wool vest, Levi’s 511, leather boots by Buttero, shades by Linda Farrow Luxe, silk knit tie by Carolina Herrera, vintage braided belt and pocket square by Lobo Marinho.
Model and Styling: Miguel Amaral Vieira
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