Lunch police seize child's bagged lunch, force feed her chicken nuggets.
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A Hoke County preschooler was fed chicken nuggets for lunch because a state worker felt that her homemade lunch did not have enough nutritional value, according to a report by the Carolina Journal.
What the hell? Parents can't decide what their kids eat anymore?
As a dog returns to its vomit, so a fool returns to his folly.
A rather famous and wll televised UK chef called Jamie Oliver with Government backing has led a camaign against the poor nutritional state of school meals in the UK.
The epitome (there's a Sunday word) of mal (rather than lack of) nutirition is, according to local Jamie's lore, is the CHICKEN NUGGET!
On the other hand, I do believe the schoolchild's own lunchbox sounded quite healthy eating.
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It sounded okay to me too...
Originally Posted by G4ALA
Meat, bread, cheese, fruit, chips... what's wrong with that?
which consisted of a turkey and cheese sandwich, a banana, apple juice and potato chips
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This is all over the Conservative Web. Probably some sort of FDA Plot, eh? The Atlanta Journal Constitution gets into more detail. Here's an except from a quote in that article:
Here's another article in the NC Civitas Institute, that quotes the mother at length.
While the mother and grandmother thought the potato chips and lack of vegetable were what disqualified the lunch, a spokeswoman for the Division of Child Development said that should not have been a problem.
“With a turkey sandwich, that covers your protein, your grain, and if it had cheese on it, that’s the dairy,” said Jani Kozlowski, the fiscal and statutory policy manager for the division. “It sounds like the lunch itself would’ve met all of the standard.”
It appears that North Carolina, for whatever reason, enforces healthy eating in preschools as well as Mom would at home. But they should also have required the child eat the lunch she brought!
The mother says her daughter doesn’t like vegetables and – like most four year olds – will only eat them at home under close supervision.
In an interview with the Civitas Institute the mother said “I can’t put vegetables in her lunchbox. I’m not a millionaire and I’m not going to put something in there that my daughter doesn’t eat and I’ve done gone round and round with the teacher about that and I’ve told her that. I put fruit in there every day because she is a fruit eater. Vegetables, let me take care of my business at home and at night and that’s when I see she’s eating vegetables. I either have to smash it or tell her if you don’t eat your vegetables you’re going to go to bed.”
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I'm sure this goes back to Michelle Obama and her initiative about school lunch and healthy eating. Why is it that when I went to school, there was no such thing as school lunch or even a cafeteria in school. Gotta give credit where credit is due - the union thugs.
However, this is BS. Another alarming intrusion into our private lives. I would imagine one day (the way this country is going), to see at each McDonalds, a guard with an arm patch resembling the swastika there to ensure food quality. If you disobey, then off the the "re-education" camp.
I just wish this mother had the financial ability to pursue this in the courts but sadly from what she says, she seems to accept the fact that "She" made a mistake.
Since when does the government have the right to tell us what we can or can't feed our kids? Putting up with or accepting this intrusion into our privacy only leads to giving up more of our rights. Didn't see where the mother told the school food police to buzz off.
As a citizen of North Carolina I am repulsed by this. I dont care about the politics behind but I am sure there is some. What gets me is the complete and total lack of common sense by these people. You are taking a fairly healthy turkey sandwich from her and feed her chicken nuggets? Come on people. Have common sense. I could have understood if her entree was like a pack of twinkies with skittles for the fruit washed down with a Mt. Dew and a hershey bar for dessert. This is another case of the ltover parentalization of our culture. We take the decsions for children away from the parents but yet we expect them to teach children right from wrong.
North Carolina either does not have a minium age for a motorcycle rider. You can ride your 2 year on a motorcycle as long as he or she has a helmet. Again crazy. I love m state but the idiots that are in it gets on my nerves. I feel that I should also say that I have worked for the state. I had 15 years working in prisons and as a probation officer. My mother retired at 36 years working at a state home for the mentally retarded. I understand how crazy NC can be. Some times I say of you are doing something that makes sense stop it because it is against the rules!
By the way I would probably still be raising hell over this. My little one will always have a meal that is well rounded if she takes lunch. She is in the second grade so it seems that the food nazis would not bother her lunch. Before me and my wife seperated I had to get on Santa Claus at the mall. My step son wanted a bb gun. He asked Santa. Santa said I dont bring weapons to children. My step son left Santa crying. I told my wife to take him for a walk. I "talked" to Santa. I told him that it is up to us to decide what he does and does not bring. My family has a long line of hunters in it. I am a certified firearms instructor. He used it under my supervision. Why make the boy cry. Santa told me to bring him back. He told him that he had changed his mind. Again this was a case of an outside person trying to take the place of the parents.
Last edited by KE4YOG; 02-15-2012 at 12:25 PM.
Like "chicken" nuggets are healthy? Do you really want to see what mechanically-separated chicken is?
I always brought my lunch to high school every day. I usually ate yogurt, fruits, maybe sunchips or something. That's a lot better than the McRib-knockoff the school was selling. Ugh. Wouldn't touch that.
Though this article appeared in Fox, this isn't a conservative/liberal issue. Everyone needs to re-examine the school lunch program. Problem is, students often times will just refuse anything that's not junk. Even if a school can afford to make salads, healthy sandwiches, and offer fresh fruit, the students will often want Coke and cookies. Students who can afford to bring their own lunch should be left alone. It's the students who are on subsidized lunches that I'm worried about. The solution probably is to more closely monitor school cafeteria budgets. I suspect that a lot of the money is squandered. Squandered budgets leads to less quality food for students who are undernourished or malnourished.
Last edited by AB2T; 02-15-2012 at 12:38 PM.
At the root of this is the government's belief and with no constitutional backing that the children are it's property. That you in effect are it's property.
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Then the school charged the parent for the lunch, which given the current state of logic if the parent refused to pay it the student would most likely be expelled.
Must include one serving each of meat, milk and grain and two servings of fruit or vegetables.according to applejuice.org 100% fruit juices count as a serving of fruit
turkey = meat
cheese = diary
a banana = fruit
potato chips = happy kid something to trade for a brownie
and apple juice in her packed lunch from home.
Then again it is NC so if may not meet the BBQ or deep fried food group. (i kid, i kid)
So, the question is was it 100% fruit juice? If it was then there is going to more problems as the lunch met the guidelines.