Once again the school lunch police state brought to us by Michelle Obama has reached it’s tentacles into a kids lunchbox.
A substitute teacher at Kirksville Primary School in Kirksville, MO sent a letter home to parents Dr. Justin Puckett and Mrs. Kylene Puckett to tell them she didn’t approve of what was in their child’s lunch.
“Dr. and Mrs. Puckett, The cafeteria reported to me that Alia’s lunch today included four chocolate bars, a bag of marshmallows, Ritz crackers and a pickle. Please see that she packs a proper lunch tomorrow,” the note read.
The teacher ended the letter with a line for a parental signature on which the Puckett’s wrote “request denied.”
Dr. Puckett was insulted by the questioning of he and his wife’s parenting skills.
“The letter didn’t have what she had, correctly,” he told ABC 3. “She had four pieces of ham, a whole protein meat, she also had some pickles, which we admittedly cheat on pickles every once and awhile as a vegetable, because some fights just aren’t worth having.”
“She also had four marshmallows in a Ziploc bag and then she had three very small pieces of chocolate,” he added. “She ate one for lunch and then she also gave her brother and another friend one at an after school program.”
It’s not only the preposterous overreach of the letter that bothered Puckett but the overarching degree of interference from authorities into the raising of children. Something that used to be a personal decision.
“What does bother me is that it just seems that we are constantly being inundated with the inability to be parents of our children,” he said.
Puckett said the principal of the school called him to apologize and he accepted.
The Kirksville Schools Superintendent Dr. Damon Kizzire also released a statement.
“We have as educators been directed to provide healthy and nutritious foods for so long that we had an individual take it upon themselves to send a note home to parents,” the statement read. “This will not happen again and I am sorry for any inconvenience.”
It’s one thing to sell your horrible school lunches in cafeterias and entirely another to attempt to dictate what parents can give their children from home.
In fact, its time for the government to get out of children’s lunch boxes altogether.
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