Oreo Shaming Incident Has Me Scratching My Big Fat Head!
I know there is an obesity problem in this country. I have personal knowledge of this struggle as most people are aware. I was bullied for being the short, fat, kid with weird, curly hair from first grade straight through - yesterday! Fat-shaming in our society has taken on a life of its own, online, in public and now apparently in schools.
The incident which set me off took place at the Children's Academy in Aurora, Colorado. Mom Leeza Pearson was packing her daughter Natalee's lunch and was out of fruits and veggies. It was at this point that she made the ungodly error of tucking a pack of treacherous Oreo cookies into her four-year-old's lunchbox, along with her sandwich and string cheese. Oh the humanity!
When little Natalie returned from pre-school later that day, the heinous Oreos were uneaten and there was a nasty note from the school scolding Leeza about the kind of lunches she was packing for her grossly overweight kid! Okay, I made that part up. This is what the derisive note actually said:
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.
This is little Natalie:
As you can see, Natalee is grossly overweight! (Good grief!)
Anyway, the school did not allow Natalee to eat her cookies and supposedly offered her something healthy, which her mom says is not true. In any case her parents were incensed and tried to speak with the school administrator who was "unavailable". But a spokesperson for the Aurora Public Schools which provides funding for some children to attend the private pre-school, said this note business is not standard practice for them.
Now I have even more questions! The note refers to the "public school setting" which it is not, and the school's promotion of healthy eating is somewhat spotty. They asked the children to bring candy for the recent Easter celebration and when kids stay for after-school-care, they often receive jelly beans for snacks. So peanut butter is unhealthy, but jelly beans aren't? Mix your messages much?
The moron at the school who would not allow Natalee to eat her cookies and included the snarky note should be publicly pilloried and drowned in a vat of Oreo stuffing! Then they need to get a grip, stop by the clue store and buy one and perhaps start including common sense in their curriculum!
But maybe I'm a little sensitive.