Parents Outraged After School Takes Away Student Lunches

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Students in a Durham, Ontario, school district are being told they cannot eat parts of their home-packed lunches because they are “unhealthy.”

According to The Star, the Durham School District’s new healthy eating initiative has parents infuriated after teachers and officials have refused to let students eat specific parts of the lunches packed by their parents.

Elaina Daoust, a mother of two district students, says she became “infuriated” last year when her son was told he could not eat his morning snack, a small piece of banana bread, because it contained chocolate chips. He was told that he would instead have to eat the grapes from his lunch.

“He came home with a chart (listing healthy snack ideas) and told me he and the teacher talked about it and healthy choices. She also sent a note to me. I was really, really, really mad for several reasons,” Daoust told The Star.

The mother explained that her son is very picky eater and that she chose the packaged banana bread because teachers discourage home-baked treats due to allergy concerns. The snack was labeled as being nut-free.

Douse says her son’s new school, where he started this year, has given her no issues so far.

Healthy eating and nutrition has become a major part of Ontario’s health and physical education curriculum in recent years.

Officials with the Durham Catholic District School Board say that there is a difference between teaching children to eat healthy and critiquing what a child brings to school.

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