School forces preschooler to order cafeteria lunch because mom’s isn’t healthy enough

posted at 7:10 pm on February 14, 2012 by Allahpundit

The “nanny state tramples on parental prerogatives over kids’ diets” stories are irresistible blog fodder, arguably even tastier than the legendary “dubious taser use by police” viral vids. Remember last year when a Chicago school flatly forbade kids from bringing in homepacked lunches? A school in North Carolina has a different approach: You can bring the lunch mom packed for you, but if it doesn’t meet the USDA guidelines, you’ll be marched to the cafeteria to eat a “healthy” lunch instead — and mom will be billed for the extra expense.

The punchline? Mom’s lunch actually did meet the guidelines in this case.

The girl’s mother — who said she wishes to remain anonymous to protect her daughter from retaliation — said she received a note from the school stating that students who did not bring a “healthy lunch” would be offered the missing portions, which could result in a fee from the cafeteria, in her case $1.25…

“What got me so mad is, number one, don’t tell my kid I’m not packing her lunch box properly,” the girl’s mother told CJ. “I pack her lunchbox according to what she eats. It always consists of a fruit. It never consists of a vegetable. She eats vegetables at home because I have to watch her because she doesn’t really care for vegetables.”

When the girl came home with her lunch untouched, her mother wanted to know what she ate instead. Three chicken nuggets, the girl answered. Everything else on her cafeteria tray went to waste.

“She came home with her whole sandwich I had packed, because she chose to eat the nuggets on the lunch tray, because they put it in front of her,” her mother said. “You’re telling a 4-year-old. ‘oh. you’re lunch isn’t right,’ and she’s thinking there’s something wrong with her food.”

Watch the Fox News clip below to see how the mother’s lunch measured up to the USDA guidelines. Ready for another punchline? When the school forces a “healthy” lunch on a kid, it doesn’t take away the lunch that mom packed. The child could, if he/she is hungry enough, presumably eat both, which is an … interesting strategy for reducing child obesity. And of course, the final punchline: The little girl in this case still didn’t end up eating any vegetables despite having two lunches in front of her, which, of course, is why mom didn’t bother packing any veggies in the first place. So we end up not only with a bunch of wasted food but with a kid who didn’t get the basic nutrition that her mother’s own meal would have provided her. Perfecto.

Said the girl’s grandmother, “This isn’t China, is it?” The Civitas Institute notes that this is a nationwide practice based on federal guidelines, but I’m as surprised to learn that as the “shocked” North Carolina state rep whom they contacted for comment. Question for our readers with kids in public schools: Has your child ever been hassled before over the lunch you’ve packed for them? I assume these guidelines are very loosely enforced, precisely because parents get angry when the state starts micromanaging their kids’ diets.

If we went ahead and banned Happy Meals and pulled potatoes out of school cafeterias and regulated sugar like it’s cocaine or something we might not have these problems, you know. Two clips here, one from Fox and the other via Breitbart TV of a school official in Michigan reminding parents that they do not, in fact, know best.

Update: I replaced the Michigan video with a version from the MRC.



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The video of Debbie Squares – who looks like a poorly preserved zombie, by the way – has been removed.

Archivarix on February 14, 2012 at 7:13 PM

These kids are eating disorders just waiting to happen.
Get ‘em obsessed with what they eat while they’re young-it’s the government way.
///

annoyinglittletwerp on February 14, 2012 at 7:14 PM

This isn’t China, is it?

No, but they own it.

OTTO on February 14, 2012 at 7:14 PM

Soup Nazis.

the_nile on February 14, 2012 at 7:15 PM

FAIL

Good Lt on February 14, 2012 at 7:15 PM

“This isn’t China, is it?”

No. China has a better economy. We have Obama. Gimme China.

they lie on February 14, 2012 at 7:15 PM

Said the girl’s grandmother, “This isn’t China, is it?”

excerpt: Allahpundit

It depends what the definition of “China” is.

listens2glenn on February 14, 2012 at 7:16 PM

Take a look at this.

Looks like (unless we have a miracle) that the White House Meal Czar Michelle is going to be telling us how to eat for another 4 years minimum.

http://www.realclearpolitics.com/epolls/2012/president/2012_elections_electoral_college_map.html

PappyD61 on February 14, 2012 at 7:16 PM

lol….Rush had this this morning.

Positively Orwellian.

Tim_CA on February 14, 2012 at 7:16 PM

If you would like to say something to the school district about htis, here is their contact page:

http://www.hcs.k12.nc.us/contact

ElRonaldo on February 14, 2012 at 7:17 PM

Homeschooled kids aren’t told what to eat by government officials.

Common Sense on February 14, 2012 at 7:17 PM

One more reason for home schooling/private schooling. When you let the government school your kids, you can expect the worst.

austinconservative on February 14, 2012 at 7:17 PM

This isn’t China, is it?

No, but if Obama wins this fall, it will be.

predator on February 14, 2012 at 7:18 PM

Getting the child hooked on large, cultivated fruits could well set her up for type-2 diabetes and related metabolic syndrome conditions such as obesity, hyperinsulinemia, and heart disease down the road. Particularly when the child’s reinforced sweet tooth graduates to pop and candy (but fruit, in quantiy and regularly, can be bad enough).

The school is right in wanting the child to eat vegetables, at least vegetables grown above ground. The school is definitely wrong in giving the child breaded chicken nuggets — as if that breading is more healthful than the bleh grains in the sandwich bread.

The school was wrong to do this. Wasn’t their call. But the mom is wrong to indulge her child’s sweet tooth this much and often too.

Random on February 14, 2012 at 7:18 PM

Outrageous and unacceptable. Period.

kingsjester on February 14, 2012 at 7:19 PM

If we went ahead and banned Happy Meals and pulled potatoes out of school cafeterias and regulated sugar like it’s cocaine or something (…)

The problem starts here. The moment people give politicians the right to impose their views on cocaine, gambling, tobacco, etc, it becomes very difficult to make a truly coherent case against nanny-statism.

Once you start allowing politicians to rule out as illegal actions that don’t directly violate or threaten the rights of another individual – from the usage of contraception to the size of the banks – I’m not sure why you can make the case that regulating this is nanny-statism and regulating that isn’t.

joana on February 14, 2012 at 7:19 PM

I detest this nanny state… and those who have constructed it.

petefrt on February 14, 2012 at 7:19 PM

Boy. I’m beginning to think Newt’s 51st state isn’t such a bad idea we can either
1) ship these loons up there for the rest of us sane folk or
2) establish the last bastion of liberty up there and come back down once the parasites died out because there isn’t anyone to mooch off anymore.

schmitty on February 14, 2012 at 7:19 PM

huh? school lunches haven’t been healthy in at least 20 years

DBear on February 14, 2012 at 7:20 PM

What. The. F’ing. F.

O/T: I love Megyn Kelly.

Purple Fury on February 14, 2012 at 7:20 PM

Pathetic. But predictable, just keep it up and you’ll definitely alienate moderates and bluedogs.

AH_C on February 14, 2012 at 7:20 PM

Random on February 14, 2012 at 7:18 PM

You DO want that kid-and others like her-to develop an eating disorder.
Eff you!

annoyinglittletwerp on February 14, 2012 at 7:20 PM

It’s getting eerie…USSR…Pravda…surreal.

“From Diapers to Depends” — Mr. and Mrs. Obama

Schadenfreude on February 14, 2012 at 7:20 PM

the White House Meal Czar Michelle

eats like a Queen while the rest of the peasants eat chit sammiches. Another 4 yrs. of Queen Moochelle, and Lobster will be on the endangered species list.

they lie on February 14, 2012 at 7:21 PM

School lunch food is disgusting.

Schadenfreude on February 14, 2012 at 7:21 PM

This whole story is absolutely ridiculous. It would be funny if it were a joke by the school to plant that note in the kid’s lunch bag. These liberal nanny-staters have already been successful in banning “junk food” like potato chips and sugary soda. But this crosses the line. If I were that kid’s parent, I would be livid also.

JetBoy on February 14, 2012 at 7:21 PM

I’ve always been a picky eater, and I well remember my days in elementary school where some old b***h used to give me crap about not eating the school lunch. She was one of those people who they brought in to wander around the cafeteria to keep an eye on the kids. Her nosiness got so bad that my Mom finally let me start taking a lunch to school. And this was in the 1970s.

Dack Thrombosis on February 14, 2012 at 7:21 PM

Ummmm… so you send your 4 year old daughter to a Public School and then you’re shocked when they try to usurp your parental authority and offer her cafeteria food? Wake up, momma. Send your kid to a private institution.

MeatHeadinCA on February 14, 2012 at 7:22 PM

Heh! Video removed!

ronsfi on February 14, 2012 at 7:22 PM

Chicken nuggets! Healthy?!

They are almost always made of Machine Reclaimed Meat.

Think of this the next time you get some McDonald’s Nuggets (and they’re miles better than the shih’ite served in a canteen)

MMMMMM

CorporatePiggy on February 14, 2012 at 7:24 PM

I want government to Get. The. F. Out. Of. My. Kids’. Lunch.

Sekhmet on February 14, 2012 at 7:24 PM

This only works if the parents take it. You have to cooperate with this kind of statist bullsh*t in order for it to work. Take that lunch back to the school and shove it up the ass (metaphorically, of course) of the fascist nanny stater who deemed it unworthy, and he/she is unlikely to do it again. These people are classic bullies. Stand up to them. Let them know you’ll kick their ever-lovin’ asses (metaphorically, of course) if they ever again get between you and your kid, and they tend to back down pretty quickly.

Rational Thought on February 14, 2012 at 7:26 PM

“What got me so mad is, number one, don’t tell my kid I’m not packing her lunch box properly,” the girl’s mother told CJ.

What gets me mad is when people say “Number one” as though they’re going to reel off a list of things. It’s a verbal cue that, to me anyway, is a prelude to higher order reasoning. To then hear the speaker collapse into tortured, mangled gibberish is just so disappointing. Come on, America. Get your poop in a group.

Nom de Boom on February 14, 2012 at 7:27 PM

Heh! Video removed!

ronsfi on February 14, 2012 at 7:22 PM

Well that didn’t take long…Two Youtube vids of her testimony, and both have been pulled by user. Maybe it’s just a coincidence…:/

JetBoy on February 14, 2012 at 7:27 PM

It’s getting eerie…USSR…Pravda…surreal.

Schadenfreude on February 14, 2012 at 7:20 PM

We even brought our lunch to school. :)

JPeterman on February 14, 2012 at 7:27 PM

Heh! Video removed!

ronsfi on February 14, 2012 at 7:22 PM

OT: But I heard that CBS canned this also. And it’s a TV program.

predator on February 14, 2012 at 7:28 PM

This is beyond insane.

Raquel Pinkbullet on February 14, 2012 at 7:28 PM

lol….can’t even link to Debbie Squires vids through HuffPo…….says user removed those too.

Think she can spell “blowback”?

Tim_CA on February 14, 2012 at 7:28 PM

Rational Thought on February 14, 2012 at 7:26 PM

Give me Lunchables or give me….your administrator’s phone number…?

Nom de Boom on February 14, 2012 at 7:29 PM

“This isn’t China yet.”

Could ObamaCare lead to the government dictating how many children a family can have? After all, if the government is dictating what we feed our children and even sending its agents to schools to check for violations, isn’t that the logical next step as Barack Obama completes his “fundamental transformation” of our nation.

If you think Barack Obama is bad now, just imagine what he would be like as either a lame duck President or “benevolent dictator” for life.

bw222 on February 14, 2012 at 7:29 PM

You DO want that kid-and others like her-to develop an eating disorder.
Eff you!

annoyinglittletwerp on February 14, 2012 at 7:20 PM

Actually, screw you. And only because you felt the need to start that. I should really say, “Calm down.”

Eating disorders are hardly the main nutritional problem facing America — rampant obesity and increasing type-2 diabetes are. These are caused by a lifelong metabolic assault of eating too much carbohydrates, particularly fructose, the most metabolically damaging fraction. America was leaner and healthier before the irrational fear of butter, bacon, and eggs, and full fat dairy, etc., took hold.

The kid isn’t going to develop an eating disorder because fruits are cut back a bit and higher fat foods and vegetables increased some — on the contrary, the child will probably enjoy above average health compared to many of her peers.

The French train their kids to eat regular meals without constant snacking (largely out of necessity due to the insulin-stimulating effects of too much carbs, particularly simple ones), higher in fat, etc., and reap the rewards of less obesity and heart disease.

And eff you. Just because you seem to think saying that makes sense over this topic. For some reason.

?

Random on February 14, 2012 at 7:29 PM

MRC TV has the video that’s been pulled from YouTube:

http://www.mrctv.org/videos/school-official-parents-dont-know-what-actually-best-children

Ed Driscoll on February 14, 2012 at 7:30 PM

Michelle is busy changing the Military lunches too.

Schadenfreude on February 14, 2012 at 7:31 PM

huh? school lunches haven’t been healthy in at least 20 years

DBear on February 14, 2012 at 7:20 PM

I started first grade in ’58. And the meals sucked! They may have met “health” requirements, but I hated them.

predator on February 14, 2012 at 7:31 PM

The creeping fascist state.

rbj on February 14, 2012 at 7:32 PM

School lunch food is disgusting.

Schadenfreude on February 14, 2012 at 7:21 PM

Right?

At my house “school lunch” was used as a threat….one of Mom’s best weapons!

Tim_CA on February 14, 2012 at 7:32 PM

“They are almost always made of Machine Reclaimed Meat.”

Which isn’t of itself necessarily unhealthy: it’s protein and saturated fat, what we evolved on as apex predators mostly.

The breading, though, “sugar-free-donut” more or less, is another story.

Random on February 14, 2012 at 7:32 PM

‘Nutrition is not a private matter!’

- Hitler Youth Manual

Resist We Much on February 14, 2012 at 7:32 PM

2nd video removed by user.

Quick, somebody draw me a mental picture.

kit dinker on February 14, 2012 at 7:32 PM

Michelle is busy changing the Military lunches too.

Schadenfreude on February 14, 2012 at 7:31 PM

If anyone could make current MREs worse, it’s her.

CorporatePiggy on February 14, 2012 at 7:33 PM

Yet another reason to end government run schools.

WisCon on February 14, 2012 at 7:33 PM

The problem starts here. The moment people give politicians the right to impose their views on cocaine, gambling, tobacco, etc, it becomes very difficult to make a truly coherent case against nanny-statism.

Once you start allowing politicians to rule out as illegal actions that don’t directly violate or threaten the rights of another individual – from the usage of contraception to the size of the banks – I’m not sure why you can make the case that regulating this is nanny-statism and regulating that isn’t.

joana on February 14, 2012 at 7:19 PM

joana, I am more conservative than libertarian, but it’s very hard to disagree with you here. I think the lines can be drawn, but not easily, and not without an awful lot of arbitrariness.

The problem is that we’ve gone so far down the path of nanny-statism that it’s hard to say that X is not directly threatening the rights of others, but Y is, because we’ve made ourselves collectively responsible for each other in so many aspects of our lives. (The classic example is health care: someone else’s personal behavior has a direct affect on what I pay for health insurance.) The only solution is a massive rollback of government, but I am not optimistic about that happening. Ever.

I am not challenging you here, just venting. :-)

Just Sayin on February 14, 2012 at 7:33 PM

Random on February 14, 2012 at 7:29 PM

I’ve been struggling with an eating disorder since high school. ED’s are notoriously hard to get rid of when you’re surround by nutrition nazis and food police.
I don’t want other innocent kids-girls are especially vulnerable-to get sucked in.
Got it?
good.

annoyinglittletwerp on February 14, 2012 at 7:33 PM

When do we say enough. The federal guidelines are to be followed because the school gets federal dollars. When do we wake up and remind DC where they get their money from. We are taxed, the government takes those dollars and hands them back out with stipulations and we all act like this is normal.

Ufdaubet on February 14, 2012 at 7:33 PM

The only thing that I find surprising is that the incident was not reported to the appropriate government agency as suspected child abuse.

rw on February 14, 2012 at 7:33 PM

Quick, somebody draw me a mental picture.

kit dinker on February 14, 2012 at 7:32 PM

Think DWS after a hurricane.

Tim_CA on February 14, 2012 at 7:34 PM

Wake up, momma. Send your kid to a private institution.

MeatHeadinCA on February 14, 2012 at 7:22 PM

Unfortunately between removing funding for “vouchers” in the District of Columbia and his assult on Catholic schools via the contraceptives controversy, Barack Obama is doing in his power to destroy any opposition to his friends in the NEA and AFT.

bw222 on February 14, 2012 at 7:34 PM

Once ObamCare is fully implemented, the Federal Meal inspector will be visiting your house.

I think I saw this either on the Glen Beck site or on Breitdbart… some government education “expert” says schools know best what children need, not parents.

Just wait until Obama’s next 10 year term begins.

JellyToast on February 14, 2012 at 7:34 PM

“Has your child ever been hassled before over the lunch you’ve packed for them?”

No…

… but every time I ask him ‘What did you learn today?’ he always says ‘Nothing‘ then goes in his room and locks his door.

… Then he comes out later and makes notes in a little journal when ever I am on this site or are watching FOX news.

He says it’s just a class project and his teacher told him that it is a ‘surprise’ and not to share it with me…

… I am sure it is nothing, but I sure miss the days when we used to talk.

/

Seven Percent Solution on February 14, 2012 at 7:34 PM

Random on February 14, 2012 at 7:29 PM

Not that ALT can’t speak for herself, but I kind of feel obligated to ask you to not pick on her. I believe she has some history with this issue. Kind of a touchy subject, and understandably so.

Nom de Boom on February 14, 2012 at 7:34 PM

the White House Meal Czar Michelle

eats like a Queen while the rest of the peasants eat chit sammiches. Another 4 yrs. of Queen Moochelle, and Lobster will be on the endangered species list.

they lie on February 14, 2012 at 7:21 PM

Right, her vacations for the last year totals $10 million. Now that is really disgusting. She is disgusting pig.

petefrt on February 14, 2012 at 7:34 PM

Crows are sure beautiful.

Schadenfreude on February 14, 2012 at 7:35 PM

Amazing! Chicken nuggets are now the paragon of healthy eating.

vamoose on February 14, 2012 at 7:35 PM

I think I would homeschool after that. What a nanny state NC has become.

wi farmgirl on February 14, 2012 at 7:35 PM

‘Nutrition is not a private matter!’

- Hitler Youth Manual

Resist We Much on February 14, 2012 at 7:32 PM

Well, unfortunately, the US agriculture department insists on promoting all American farmers’ crops and most food producers’ products under the government imprimatur of being healthful, when many of them are anything but, in quantity.

So I’m all for getting the government out of the nutrition business, but that is hardly the case now.

Random on February 14, 2012 at 7:35 PM

huh? school lunches haven’t been healthy in at least 20 years

DBear on February 14, 2012 at 7:20 PM

I know, right? From what I remember of the school lunches offered in my public schools they consisted of greasy pizza, gray meat burgers, canned sodium-bomb veggies and processed cheese on everything.

I eventually switched to a private school for two years and I was elated because they had a salad bar you could order instead.

BakerAllie on February 14, 2012 at 7:35 PM

So they supplemented a turkey sandwich with some chicken nuggets, made from chicken bits glued together with chicken fat. really healthy there North Carolina.

clippermiami on February 14, 2012 at 7:35 PM

This only works if the parents take it. You have to cooperate with this kind of statist bullsh*t in order for it to work. Take that lunch back to the school and shove it up the ass (metaphorically, of course) of the fascist nanny stater who deemed it unworthy, and he/she is unlikely to do it again. These people are classic bullies. Stand up to them. Let them know you’ll kick their ever-lovin’ asses (metaphorically, of course) if they ever again get between you and your kid, and they tend to back down pretty quickly.

Rational Thought on February 14, 2012 at 7:26 PM

+1000000

Just Sayin on February 14, 2012 at 7:36 PM

In every Leftist beats the heart of a fascist.

chimney sweep on February 14, 2012 at 7:36 PM

The school was wrong to do this. Wasn’t their call. But the mom is wrong to indulge her child’s sweet tooth this much and often too.

Random on February 14, 2012 at 7:18 PM

*eyes comment warily* Not sure if serious…

Anyway…

My elementary school used to do this to me except it was constant badgering to get me to eat MORE. Obviously if you are given too much food and don’t eat all of it then something is wrong. I used to have to demonstrate that I’d drank all the milk in my milk carton. WTF? (Naturally, I of course got good at ditching the extra unwanted food.)

Your body’s internal self-regulation is the best judge of when you’ve had enough food. “Clean your plate” is one of the worst eating habits you can teach a child, because it doesn’t teach them to eat until they’ve had enough, it teaches them that they need to constantly stuff their faces at certain predetermined times during the day. God forbid that a government regulator might realize that all children are different and that a tiny girl might require less daily caloric intake than the pee-wee football kids.

DangerHighVoltage on February 14, 2012 at 7:36 PM

We ate fried squirrel when I was I kid. Would Moochie frown on that, ya think?

predator on February 14, 2012 at 7:36 PM

Random on February 14, 2012 at 7:29 PM

Forgot to ask you what you think of paleo diet.

Nom de Boom on February 14, 2012 at 7:36 PM

Which isn’t of itself necessarily unhealthy: it’s protein and saturated fat, what we evolved on as apex predators mostly.

The breading, though, “sugar-free-donut” more or less, is another story.

Random on February 14, 2012 at 7:32 PM

Erm, a mixture of ultra cheap skin, gristle, fat, corn, random byproducts, a bit of something that maybe is meat, coated in a layer of lets-not-go-there, deep fried in dirty oil (whole host of problems right there).

It’s pretty sh*tty food and unless Mom’s alternative was Krispy Kreme’s washed down with Colt 45, it was not the healthy alternative.

CorporatePiggy on February 14, 2012 at 7:36 PM

Once ObamCare is fully implemented, the Federal Meal inspector will be visiting your house.

I think I saw this either on the Glen Beck site or on Breitdbart… some government education “expert” says schools know best what children need, not parents.

Just wait until Obama’s next 10 year term begins.

JellyToast on February 14, 2012 at 7:34 PM

It wouldn’t surprise me. Does it fall under NDDA?

wi farmgirl on February 14, 2012 at 7:37 PM

So I’m all for getting the government out of the nutrition business, but that is hardly the case now.

Random on February 14, 2012 at 7:35 PM

Take it easy. Sit back and have nice bowl of Ethanol.

/

Tim_CA on February 14, 2012 at 7:37 PM

The irony is that no communist states had this.

Schadenfreude on February 14, 2012 at 7:38 PM

I could not imagine what Debbie Squires (yikes!) had to say but alas, I shall never know.

DrStock on February 14, 2012 at 7:38 PM

Yes, because three chicken nuggets is such a nutritious lunch!

Do I really need a /sarc tag?

UnderstandingisPower on February 14, 2012 at 7:38 PM

Not that ALT can’t speak for herself, but I kind of feel obligated to ask you to not pick on her. I believe she has some history with this issue. Kind of a touchy subject, and understandably so.

Nom de Boom on February 14, 2012 at 7:34 PM

Alright, and fair enough. It’s a serious topic. I’ve met a few people affected by it and I hope she and anyone else resolves it in a healthy way.

I’ll just add that I also have a personal story of being affected by eating the Standard American Diet and getting unhealthy as a result, and now that I’ve modified my diet to be lower in carbohydrate and higher in fat, am becoming healthier including stable blood sugars, losing weight, and so forth. This has been the same with many people.

The reverse is true — American health as gotten much worse under the government’s guidelines and the low-fat (therefore, high carb) mantra.

I realize she is also entitled to her opinion and I respect that.

Random on February 14, 2012 at 7:39 PM

Lets all thank Big Brother, for he raised the chicken nugget ration today!

/Hot like 1984

DangerHighVoltage on February 14, 2012 at 7:40 PM

A sod house on the Nebraska prairie a hundred and fifty years ago:

A mother is feeding her two young children bread, whole milk, and beef. But because it’s spring, no precious vegetables yet. A U.S. Marshal rides up, informs the mother she is in violation of the law, forces the kids to eat some dried tomatoes, and hands mom a bill.

That’s the way it was back then wasn’t it? Or would mom have told the marshall where to go?How did we ever settle this country, and turn it into the most powerful nation in the world without super nanny holding our hand.

kam582 on February 14, 2012 at 7:40 PM

New video source was added.

Schadenfreude on February 14, 2012 at 7:40 PM

“Erm, a mixture of ultra cheap skin, gristle, fat, corn, random byproducts, a bit of something that maybe is meat, coated in a layer of lets-not-go-there, deep fried in dirty oil (whole host of problems right there).”

Definitely not saying that’s ideal. It’s still better, gram per gram, than pure flour though.

Random on February 14, 2012 at 7:40 PM

What Are Chicken Nuggets Made Of?

Seven Percent Solution on February 14, 2012 at 7:41 PM

You know what these school meals are missing?

Military style uniforms.

Dack Thrombosis on February 14, 2012 at 7:41 PM

kam582 on February 14, 2012 at 7:40 PM

She might have introduced him to her little friend, Ol’ Buckshot.

predator on February 14, 2012 at 7:41 PM

I have absolutely had it with the government schools. I have second grade and Pre-K boys, and we are supposedly in one of the best elementary schools in the state. We paid a hefty premium for our house since it’s in this “highly desired” school district. Sadly, I have discovered that the best government school is still just that- a government school. For Thanksgiving, the school had a “Multi-Cultural Feast.” Each child had to choose a county and bring dish representing that nation. My son was the only student to bring a dish representing the United States (Mac & Cheese!). Seriously, WTF?? Thanksgiving is an AMERICAN holiday for crying out loud!!
The last straw: My 8 year old son was sent home with the task of writing a biography report on a “Great American Hero.” His choices? Jimmy Carter or FDR. Oh hell no! Guess who he’s writing about? His grandfather, who won the Distinguished Flying Cross in Vietnam and flew for Delta Airlines for 35 years.

I have been a stay at home mom for 8 years and nothing has given me greater pleasure than being here for my kids. However, my husband and I have decided that it will be better for our kids if I go back to work so we can afford to enroll them in private school. Hopefully I will be able to find a job by next August!

Nikkia2112 on February 14, 2012 at 7:42 PM

You know what these school meals are missing?

Military style uniforms.

Dack Thrombosis on February 14, 2012 at 7:41 PM

Will we get to wear those cool armbands too????

/sarc

DangerHighVoltage on February 14, 2012 at 7:43 PM

“This isn’t China, is it?”

Yep, it certainly looks like it……….

Opposite Day on February 14, 2012 at 7:43 PM

How did we ever settle this country, and turn it into the most powerful nation in the world without super nanny holding our hand.

kam582 on February 14, 2012 at 7:40 PM

Like rats and roaches, bureaucrats only arrive in new territory after the hard work is done and pickin’s are easy.

Nom de Boom on February 14, 2012 at 7:43 PM

Seven Percent Solution on February 14, 2012 at 7:41 PM

lol……!!!
uh-uh.
Not a chance in hell I’m clicking that!

Tim_CA on February 14, 2012 at 7:43 PM

Note that the feds fund this preschool; therefore, they own you!

Pretty soon that government inspector is going to have the right to come in and search that lady’s home. After all, the kid might not really eat those veggies at home.

PattyJ on February 14, 2012 at 7:44 PM

Control freaks

John the Libertarian on February 14, 2012 at 7:44 PM

If the govt can force you to buy health insurance and birth control, why not force you to eat bean sprouts at lunch too?

angryed on February 14, 2012 at 7:45 PM

Getting the child hooked on large, cultivated fruits could well set her up for type-2 diabetes and related metabolic syndrome conditions such as obesity, hyperinsulinemia, and heart disease down the road. Particularly when the child’s reinforced sweet tooth graduates to pop and candy (but fruit, in quantiy and regularly, can be bad enough).

The school is right in wanting the child to eat vegetables, at least vegetables grown above ground. The school is definitely wrong in giving the child breaded chicken nuggets — as if that breading is more healthful than the bleh grains in the sandwich bread.

The school was wrong to do this. Wasn’t their call. But the mom is wrong to indulge her child’s sweet tooth this much and often too.

Random on February 14, 2012 at 7:18 PM

I’d say the mother is better qualified and capable to watch her child’s diet than the school is. For one thing, she knows the child won’t eat vegetables on her own, while the school thinks because they put them on her plate, she’ll eat them. For another, she actually observes the child at home, and knows what healthy foods she’ll eat.

Now, it’s true that a lot of people have false conceptions of what is healthy food. But if we let the government fix it, they’ll all be eating massive quantities of whole grains and carbohydrates, with little or no protein. Because that’s what our government believes is healthy.

I think I’ll take my chances with promoting parents pay attention to their children’s diet and schools butt out. The results won’t be perfect, but nothing ever is. It’s enough that the results will inevitably be better than letting schools dictate to parents and children what their diets should be.

The only reason a school has authority over a child is because they are acting in loco parentis, or in the place of the parent. Their authority is derived from the authority of the parent. Somehow, schools now think they have authority over the parent.

All of which makes a great argument for private schools, parochial schools, and home schools. Which are all fought by the public educational system.

tom on February 14, 2012 at 7:46 PM

Random on February 14, 2012 at 7:39 PM

I apologize for the attack.
I’ve had…problems-mostly with exercise-for 25+ years. Spawn also started going down that road when he was in grade school. It was caught VERY early on.
Yeah-I’m kind of sensitive about it…because my ‘club’ doesn’t need more members.

annoyinglittletwerp on February 14, 2012 at 7:47 PM

Rational Thought on February 14, 2012 at 7:26 PM

Please stop being so metaphorical. An actual whoopin’ is just fine by me.

John the Libertarian on February 14, 2012 at 7:47 PM

Heh! Video removed!

ronsfi on February 14, 2012 at 7:22 PM

I’m betting Debbie thought it was a cool video until all the comments started showing up.

unclesmrgol on February 14, 2012 at 7:47 PM

So I’m all for getting the government out of the nutrition business, but that is hardly the case now.

Random on February 14, 2012 at 7:35 PM

Really? Of course the government is in the nutrition business. Do you read labels? Do you watch Michelle “Don’t get between me and the Tamale bar!” Obama? The government has been in the nutrition business for a very long time and it seeks to interfere even more with individual choices.

And, if you think it is bad in the US now, just wait. You haven’t seen anything yet. You should see the WRAP programme in the UK where the food police come to people’s homes, rummage through their cupboards telling them how to fix healthy meals to increase overall health and recycle leftovers and conserve food to “save the planet.”

As the Supreme Court has said in the US, when the government is paying for your healthcare, it decides to what you are entitled. In the UK, since we have the NHS, the government believes it has a compelling, state interest in every aspect of life so as to reduce healthcare costs.

Resist We Much on February 14, 2012 at 7:47 PM

Why do you people keep sending your children back to these monsters every day?

Kohath on February 14, 2012 at 7:48 PM

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