Skip to comments.State Inspectors Searching Children’s Lunch Boxes: “This Isn’t China, Is It?”
Posted on 02/15/2012 11:11:57 PM PST by Tolerance Sucks Rocks
A mother in Hoke County complains her daughter was forced to eat a school lunch because a government inspector determined her home-made lunch did not meet nutrition requirements. In fact, all of the students in the NC Pre-K program classroom at West Hoke Elementary School in Raeford had to accept a school lunch in addition to their lunches brought from home.
NC Pre-K (before this year known as More at Four) is a state-funded education program designed to enhance school readiness for four year-olds.
The mother, who doesnt wish to be identified at this time, says she made her daughter a lunch that contained a turkey and cheese sandwich, a banana, apple juice and potato chips. A state inspector assessing the pre-K program at the school said the girl also needed a vegetable, so the inspector ordered a full school lunch tray for her. While the four-year-old was still allowed to eat her home lunch, the girl was forced to take a helping of chicken nuggets, milk, a fruit and a vegetable to supplement her sack lunch.
The mother says the girl was so intimidated by the inspection process that she was too scared to eat all of her homemade lunch. The girl ate only the chicken nuggets provided to her by the school, so she still didnt eat a vegetable.
The mother says her daughter doesnt 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 cant put vegetables in her lunchbox. Im not a millionaire and Im not going to put something in there that my daughter doesnt eat and Ive done gone round and round with the teacher about that and Ive 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 thats when I see shes eating vegetables. I either have to smash it or tell her if you dont eat your vegetables youre going to go to bed.
The mother added, Its just a headache to keep arguing and fighting. Ive even wrote a note to her teachers and said do not give my daughter anything else unless it comes out of her lunchbox and they are still going against me and putting a milk in front of her every day.
Friday she came home and said Mom, they give me vegetable soup and a milk, said the mother.
So I went to the cafeteria to make sure she had no fee and its not being charged to her account yet, she continued, but what concerned me was that I got a letter from the principal and it says students who do not bring a healthy lunch will be offered the missing portions which may result in a fee from the cafeteria. So if I dont stay on top of her account on a weekly basis theres that opportunity that charges could be put on her account and then if I let it go too far then its like Im going to have a big battle.
The principal of West Hoke Elementary, Jackie Samuels, says none of the childrens parents were asked to pay for the school food. While the parents may not have to pay, it was still an expense for the school to provide the extra food. A phone call to the Hoke County Schools Superintendent to inquire as to how much additional expense this would impose on the school was not returned.
The mother, who lives in Fayetteville, sent a statement to state Rep. G.L. Pridgen (R-Robeson) detailing her complaint. Pridgen says he was shocked to hear it. Pridgen has since learned this is a nationwide practice based on federal guidelines.
An assistant to Pridgen says the girls grandmother was also upset and asked, This isnt China, is it?
The government inspector was from the Early Childhood Environment Rating Scale-Revised program at the FPG Child Development Institute at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The program gives schools a grade based on standards that include USDA meal guidelines enforced by the N.C. Division of Early Childhood Development.
The nutrition standards for pre-K lunch require milk, two servings of fruit or vegetable, bread or grains and a meat or meat alternative. The school didnt receive a high grade from the January assessment because the home-made lunches didnt meet those guidelines. The mother points out the only thing on that list her daughters home lunch didnt have was milk, so she doesnt understand why the girl was given a complete school meal as a supplement.
The mother says her next step is to sit down with the principal and if nothing is done then she plans to go to the school board.
Eat your peas, dammit!
Nanny State PING!
I don’t think China inspects children’s lunch boxes. How does this find itself into a headline for this thread? I don’t get the connection.
This isnt China, is it?
Nope. They have all the money.
This is insane. It’s reason 1,105,514 you should home school your kids.
My wife, given her health issues pulled our kids from the public school when it earned it’s self a “fail” for the second year in a row. They transferred our kids from a passing school to this one when they closed the passing school.
I was all for it because both of my young kids are already programmed to yell at me for throwing a soda can in the trash, and moving my car (even in the driveway) with out my seat belt on.
neither could give me the correct answer to a simple math question however. After 2 weeks of home schooling guess what.. They can answer that simple math question.
Obama police and nanny state storm troopers going through our children’s lunch.
Next, they will rummage through our home refrigerators.
Huh? You don’t get it? OK, well, I don’t know if China actually searches children’s lunches, but the point is the increasing control that our government is exercising over our citizenry is much like control that the Chinese government exercises/has exercised over its citizenry. Also, the child’s grandmother made the comment that this is not China is it.
China doesn't have an Empress anymore. We do.
Read the story. The reference to china is a question asked by the child’s grandmother.
I would have told them to stick it! This is what we get when people vote for the wrong politicians too many times and I believe it will only get worse.
Are they talking deep-fried chicken nuggets? And is that supposed to be more healthy than the turkey and cheese sandwich?
It can't be true, because nobody can be that stupid. Not even a gubmint official.
Sorry. That empress doesn’t impress.
How can you have any pudding if you don’t eat your meat..
How can you have any pudding if you don’t eat your meat..
If I had a kid I would send them to school with a pea shooter and orders to fire when ready.
Government control of our kids...so glad mine are now adults.
ever wonder what the Robinson family fed their kids?? question for michelle...was your meals balanced? at the cost of food today, people can't afford to eat balanced..guess that is why the big boy wants everyone on food stamps so he can control...
Pigs on the wing.
Hey teacher leave those kids alone. LOL.
I don’t know why anyone would allow their child to go to “government school” at age 4 when it is still optional. You can readily see that the system wants your child to think and act in a specific way even if that’s counter to your own belief system. I pitty the children. The parent should have known better. That moron “actor” who played Meathead on All in the Family (Rob Reiner) tried to put an initiative on the ballot here in California a couple of years ago that would have made it mandatory for 4 year olds to go to the government schools.