In an age when lawyers determine Americans’ rights and the overly sensitive find offense in the slightest gesture, the prospect of eating an Oreo cookie has become so serious that it required parental approval in one U.S. school.
A Pennsylvania teacher planned to use Double Stuff Oreo cookies in a class exercise to model geographical plate movement, and asked parents to sign permission slips to allow their children to eat a single Oreo.
At least one parent saw the ridiculousness of the request for approval, posting an image of the permission slip on Twitter, along with the caption: “Insanity. I have to sign a permission slip so my middle schooler can eat an Oreo.”
— Main Line Housewife (@mainlinewife) March 23, 2015
The parent tagged columnist and reality-TV show host Lenore Skenazy, who founded the “free-range kids” movement to combat overprotective parenting, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.
The school district supported the teacher’s efforts.
“It’s one teacher who was really trying to do her due diligence, quite honestly,” school district spokesman Doug Young told the Inquirer, noting that some students in the class had gluten allergies.
The permission slip even informed parents “the students may eat the OREO after the investigation if this is okay with you. The students do NOT have to eat the OREO if they do not wish to do so.”
Has it really come to this?
Fox News host Neil Cavuto summed it up best on Friday, when he said, “I want teachers to teach, and I want Oreos to be eaten.”
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