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Mom Says School 'Lunch Shamed' Her for Packing Her Child Cookies

The Short of It

Mom Leeza Pearson realized she was out of fruit one morning last week while packing a snack for her 4-year-old daughter to take to preschool. (We've all been there, right?) So Leeza packed Oreos instead. But the teachers at the girl's preschool wouldn't let the girl eat them, and they sent Leeza a scolding note.

The Lowdown

The note said: "Dear Parents, it is very important that all students have a nutritious lunch. This is a public school setting and all children are required to have a fruit, a vegetable and a healthy snack from home, along with a milk. If they have potatoes, the child will also need bread to go along with it. Lunchables, chips, fruit snacks, and peanut butter are not considered to be a healthy snack. This is a very important part of our program and we need everyone's participation."

Leeza says she should have the right to pack her daughter whatever she wants. She explains that her daughter had a sandwich and string cheese in her lunch, so it wasn't just cookies she was eating that day.

"I think it is definitely over the top, especially because they told her she can't eat what is in her lunch," the mom told ABC News. "They should have at least allowed her to eat her food and contacted me to explain the policy and tell me not to pack them again."

She also says that the school's policy is hypocritical because parents were recently asked to bring in candy for an Easter celebration.

The Upshot

I'm guilty of packing the occasional Lunchables for my kid (yes, the one that comes with Oreos—gasp!). I believe that a little bit isn't going to hurt, especially because my kid's go-to snacks are fruits and veggies.

Still, I can see why some schools don't allow sweets at snack-time—and not just for the reasons the school cited in their letter. There's often "snack envy" that happens; you know, one kid has cookies, so everyone else's celery and hummus suddenly doesn't look so appetizing. That's enough to cause a little classroom bedlam amongst 4-year-olds. It can be a challenge to get kids to want to eat healthily with Oreos in their line of vision!

What do you think: Should the school have let the girl eat her Oreos, or do you think they were right in enforcing the rules?

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