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Monday, April 11, 2011
Who's Children Are They?
The answer to the question is that the children belong to the state according to Chicago Elementary Schools.
Are we allowing big brother to run our lives to this extent? This is only the beginning.
Chicago Elementary School Bans Lunches Brought From Home
Published April 11, 2011
A Chicago public elementary school is under fire from some students and parents for banning school lunches brought from home, the Chicago Tribune reports.
Little Village Academy, a public school on Chicago's West Side, prohibits students from bringing homemade lunches unless the child has a medical excuse, according to the newspaper. School officials say the rule is meant to encourage healthful eating, as students are forced to eat lunches served in the school cafeteria instead.
School Principal Elsa Carmona told the newspaper that she created the policy six years ago after observing students bringing "bottles of soda and flaming hot chips" from home.
"Nutrition wise, it is better for the children to eat at the school," she told the newspaper. "It's about the nutrition and the excellent quality food that they are able to serve (in the lunchroom). It's milk versus a Coke. But with allergies and any medical issue, of course, we would make an exception."
The rule, however, is not popular among students, many of whom opt not to eat the school lunch and instead go hungry, the newspaper reports.
"Some of the kids don't like the food they give at our school for lunch or breakfast," parent Erica Martinez told the newspaper. "So it would be a good idea if they could bring their lunch so they could at least eat something."