Recently an 8th grader from Weaverville, California was given a detention for sharing his lunch with a friend. All the 13 year-old Kyle Bradford did was share his chicken burrito with his friend didn’t want to eat the cheese sandwich the cafeteria was serving. Kyle, just like many other people and kids, didn’t see a problem with sharing his food with the other student. Here’s what Kyle had to say about it:
“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… It was just going to go in the garbage if I didn’t eat it.”
Apparently, the Northern California school district has rules against sharing food and justifies this by saying it’s to prevent disease and allergies. The Superintendent of The Trinity Alps Unified School District, Tom Barnett, spoke with the mainstream media and told them that hygiene issues are the main concern when it comes to preventing students from sharing their food.
“We have a policy that prohibits students from exchanging meals, “Barnett said. “Of course if students are concerned about other students not having enough to eat, we would definitely want to consider that, but because of the liability we cannot allow students to exchange meals.”
Kyle’s mother, Sandy Bradford, thinks her son made the right decision. She says her son should not be punished for being compassionate.
“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 that needs to start at home with the parent.”
Source: Natural Cures Not Medicine