Elementary school attempts to ban pork products, parents fight back

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A Tennessee elementary school’s ban on all pork products and other bizarre school approved-only snack choices lasted only one day after angry parents piled on the complaints.

Fox News Radio’s Todd Starnes obtained a copy of the Sunset Elementary School’s “Third Grade Approved Snack List for 2013-2014,” and “no meats containing pork” were allowed.

The very, very specific list of snack choices, like “Pretzels – Rold Gold brand only,” was supposedly a “Peanut/Tree Nut Safe List” in consideration of children with severe food allergies.

One parent posted on Facebook, “I’ve never heard of a life-threatening pork allergy,” Starnes reported.

Another parent suggested on Facebook that the list read more like a Halal approved food list.

But, the day after the snack list was sent, Williamson County Schools told parents via Facebook to disregard the list, and assured parents pork products were allowed.

Attention elementary school parents, we have an important message to pass along.

Many of you may have recently received information addressing food allergies and approved snack lists. This is an issue we take very seriously as we have many students who have life threatening food allergies.

However, if you received a list of approved or mandated choices, please disregard. Schools should only be offering suggested snack choices, and that information will be sent home only if your child is in a classroom where there is a food allergy.

Any reference to not allowing pork products in school is incorrect. Please disregard.

The story generated buzz throughout the community, the article said:

“Typical list for a Madrassa,” wrote Nashville radio host Michael DelGiorno on his Facebook page.

“If you think this has anything to do with something besides appeasing Muslims then you are either stupid or willfully ignorant,” one of his listeners wrote.

“Is this school system trying to satisfy a religion?” another listener asked. “I see a big red flag here.”

Interestingly, an online search of those specific snacks, like Rold Gold pretzels, Betty Crocker-brand fruit roll-ups, showed that many were indeed Halal, Kosher and/or gluten-free, but a few, like Ritz brand original crackers, were not.

Screen shot from Muslim Consumer Group
Screen shot from Muslim Consumer Group
Screen Shot from Project Halal
Screen Shot from Project Halal

Regardless, although the school tried to say “No OTHER FOOD ITEMS ARE PERMITTED!!,” parents pushed back and the school reversed its course.

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