School Officials Confiscate Toddler's Cheese Sandwich

Officials at a nursery school in Pemberton, England, confiscated the cheese sandwich a two-year old brought to school.  The sandwich was considered to be inappropirate because it did not include either lettuce or tomato.
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).

Two links. Image credit Luke Leitch/Times Online.

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I'm not so sure I agree with math-science-writing being the limits of what a school should be able to teach. Those are very useful subjects, yes, but modern parents don't exactly have a good track record about giving kids a full range of education at home. Today's Precious Snowflake Syndrome prevents a lot of children from being properly disciplined and often shelters them about many subjects. So if a school won't do it, who will? I wouldn't want to leave that up to chance.

Besides, a school is a place of learning. Crappy food only serves to distract other children and shouldn't have a place in it. It's fine with my if Little Johnny's parents want to feed him Doritos at home, but he shouldn't be taunting all the other kids with it. I was a brown-bagger growing up, and I resented my "lame" parents for giving me "gross" leftovers and real fruit juice where all my other friends got to eat cafeteria french fries. Every. Single. Day.
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salt substitute?

What on earth?

And as for the blatantly racist irish bashing up thread here...really?

You really think the irish are behind this?

Alos it is lose not loose.
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I agree that some people don't feed their kids well and that will mess up the kids health over the years. That said, IMHO, schools are meant to teach math, writing and science, and that's it. When they try to tell you what to eat, how to live, they're exceeding their authority. I like this just about as much as the born-again crowd telling kids to abstain from sex.
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@Frau- if it was a BLT they probably wouldn't have hesistated to KILL IT WITH FIRE! Until they read the guidelines on the use of fire indoors for cleansing purposes, then they would have said, "take the bacon and cheese off and you're ok" ;)
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@Bobster - yes. I do not know the percentage. But I can say there are definitely some kids, I transport, who probably weigh the same as me. Which is scary.

These kids have left their lunches on the bus on occasion, and I would have to say - a cheese sandwich is far healthier that what is in the bag. So I know that when they do leave their lunch on the bus - they are getting a healthier "free" meal from the school.

Wonder what that school would have done if the sandwich was a cheese with bacon, lettuce and tomato?

BLT sounds good.
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