Wigan Council has since confirmed that the straight-up combination of cheese and bread contravenes its healthy eating guidelines — and fully supported the cheese-snatchers. “The centre has a list of recommended healthy food, according to national guidelines, which children are encouraged to eat,” said a spokesman. “A cheese sandwich would not feature on the list.”
Clearly in a situation like this there are two sides to the story, and the media may be focusing on the family's side because it makes for more interesting press; there may be other issues between the family and the school, or concerns re the child's diet. It seems reasonable to take the news with a grain of salt (or if you're British, with salt substitute).
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