There’s a new cafeteria bully in school, and it’s not who you think it is.
EAGnews.com reports from across the pond:
The British government is urging school leaders to use their “common law powers” to search student lunches and potentially confiscate any items they deem “unhealthy or inappropriate.”
Education minister Lord Nash tells Express, “Schools have common law powers to search pupils, with their consent, for items.
“There is nothing to prevent schools from having a policy of inspecting lunch boxes for food items that are prohibited under their school food policies. A member of staff may confiscate, keep or destroy such items found as a result of the search if it is reasonable to do so in the circumstances.”
The government’s foray into lunch inspections began when Cherry Tree Primary School in Colchester banned a Peperami sausage snack and scotch eggs from a six-year-old girl’s lunch. Manchester’s Manley Park Primary School seized cereal bars from lunches, according to the Huffington Post.
School districts at home and abroad are going way too far with policing the private eating habits of children. What kids bring for lunch is between them , their parents, and possibly their doctors. A 2013 study found that English “16 to 24-year-olds are among the least literate and numerate in the world.” Perhaps teachers should spend less time in the cafeteria and more time in the classroom!