In today’s society, it seems that just about anything can get a kid detention. We’ve heard about kids eating food into the shape of guns landing them in a bit of hot water, but giving away your food to a hungry student? That’s just absurd.
Kyle Bradford, 13, found himself on the receiving end of a detention slip recently after giving away his lunch to a hungry fellow classmate. All happening within the cafeteria at Weaverville Elementary School in Trinity County, California Kyle relays he simply wasn’t hungry anyways.
He furthermore described:
“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.”
His mother happens to agree with the decision Kyle made saying that compassion and kindness was something he was taught as a child. She went on to explain:
“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.”
As it turns out however, the school has a very strict “no food sharing” policy in order to limit, if not all out negate, liability. As the school’s superintendant, Tom Barnett, notes:
“We have a policy that prohibits students from exchanging meals. Of course, if students are concerned about other students not having enough to eat, we would definitely want to consider that; but because of safety and liability, we cannot allow students to actually exchange meals.”
Kyle also went so far as to say if his friend asked for food again, he wouldn’t think twice about sharing.
So what do you think – is there a line that should be drawn between limiting liability and restricting kids from doing the right and wrong thing or is it as simple as black and white?