Student Given Detention For Giving Lunch To Fellow Student Who Couldn’t Buy His Own

When Kyle Bradford got through the lunch line at Weaverville Elementary School, he wasn’t excited. It was a chicken burrito, and he realized that he just didn’t want it. When he sat down with his meal and no appetite, he decided to pass the food on to his friend that had received a cheese sandwich in line. His friend wasn’t able to get a normal lunch, and instead got a reduced lunch instead but wasn’t excited about his cheese sandwich.

So, Kyle did what anyone else would have done; he gave his lunch to his friend.

It seemed like he couldn’t get a normal lunch so I just wanted to give mine to him because I wasn’t really that hungry and it was just going to go in the garbage if I didn’t eat it,” said Bradford.

But a teacher monitoring the room saw the exchange and wrote him a detention slip to be sent home.11-17a6

The school follows a policy set by the district to prohibit students from sharing food with each other. This policy stems from allergy and hygiene concerns, but Kyle’s mom thinks its ridiculous.

By all means the school can teach them math and the arithmetic and physical education, but when it comes to morals and manners and compassion, I believe it needs to start at home with the parent,” said Sandy Bradford.

The school defends its decision saying that “because of safety and liability we cannot allow students to actually exchange meals.”

Kyle says that he would do it all over again, despite the detention.


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