Monday, 18 September 2006

And they think this is right?

Monday, 18 September 2006
It's not often I'm moved to complete and total anger and disbelief at a news story but this one has taken my breath away.

Some mothers have decided that because they feel that the school their children attend is not giving the children the food they want they will take orders and buy junk food for them and pass it through the school fence!!!!

What kind of a person thinks this is an acceptable undertaking?

Firstly, if you don't like the policies the school your children attend have be it for food, discipline, whatever, MOVE YOUR CHILDREN TO ANOTHER SCHOOL.

Secondly, and much more importantly, what gives you the right to feed other people's children? Seriously, explain that to me. If my child was attending that school and I was giving my child lunch money for the meal the school provided then why would you think it okay to take that money from my child and buy her a burger?

If I was a parent at that school I can tell you for nothing that the mothers doing this would all be sporting black eyes right now. I really hope the school and the police are doing something about this because to me it's criminal that they can get away with it.

I believe children have rights, I believe that they have opinions but I also believe that they need discipline and a guiding hand. Of course a child is going to prefer a burger over a salad but that doesn't mean they should have it. It doesn't mean it's good for them. And responsible parents everywhere know that.

These irresponsible women should not be allowed within 100 metres of the school or of other people's children. If they want to teach their own kids this lesson then that's fine, their kids are their responsibility (although I'm also incensed enough about this I think Social Services should be called) but I'd like a few minutes in their company so they can attempt to explain to me how they justify their actions.

And just think, if I'm this mad about it now, how mad would I be if my child actually attended the school...


KarenV said...

DH was telling me about this the other day and I think it's appalling!

I also think it's appalling that some people put cans of Red Bull in their 4 and 5 YO kids' lunchboxes (according to Jamie Oliver) but that's another rant for another day.

Some people just don't get it, do they?

Lorna said...

OMG!! I missed this. I can hardly believe it!!

Michelle said...

Totally agree with you Joy. And what is more I am angry they are becoming minor celebrities by doing this too.
It's so sad that parents think this is good proper food for children to eat.

Seahorse said...

Unbelievable isn't it!

Not the same at all but it reminded me that a fellow headteacher from my Mum's school cluster had a Mum who used to come and breastfeed her kid through the railings at lunchtime!!!


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