School “Lunch-Shames” Mom for Packing Oreos in Her Daughter’s Lunch

posted: 05/01/15
by: Blythe Copeland
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Are cookies really that bad?
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There's body-shaming, slut-shaming and now lunch-shaming!

When 4-year-old Natalee Pearson arrived home from school one day this month, her mom Leeza was surprised to see that the girl hadn't eaten her lunchtime treat--a package of Oreos. But she was even more shocked by a note the school sent home, Pearson told ABC News, which indicated that the cookies weren't healthy enough for Natalee's lunch.

The note that Pearson provided to ABC News says, in part: "Dear Parents, it is very important that all students have a nutritious lunch. This is a public school and all children are required to have a fruit, a vegetable, and a healthy snack from home, along with a milk....This is a very important part of our program and we need everyone's participation."

Pearson points out that the school has no problem handing out jelly beans during after-school care or requesting sweets for school parties, but she was "lunch-shamed" for including the cookies. USA Today reports that, according to the school's director, there isn't a policy that restricts what parents can send in their child's lunch--so maybe the note is just the result of an overzealous lunchroom attendant? Either way, it raises questions of just how involved schools should be in food that is sent from home: If they can ban peanut butter for legitimate allergy reasons, can they limit sweets for health reasons?

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