Eighth grader gets detention for sharing lunch with friend

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WEAVERVILLE, Calif. — An eighth grader in Northern California received detention after recently offering a fellow student some of his lunch.

Weaverville Elementary School student Kyle Bradford, 13, gave a friend some of his chicken burrito on Tuesday because the student didn’t like the cheese sandwich being served by cafeteria officials that day.

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

Bradford was given detention because of a policy that prohibits students from exchanging meals in an effort to avoid issues with allergies, according to officials with Trinity Alps Unified School District.

“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,” district Superintendent Tom Barnett said.

“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,” Bradford’s mother, Sandy Bradford, said.

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  • Jessica

    I think by the time a child reaches the 4th grade, they are smart enough to know what food items they must avoid if they have an allergy! Plus most kids are aware of the fact that an allergic reaction could potentially be fatal and wouldn’t deliberately mislead their friend/peer. There is a sense respect amongst kids in this sort of capacity. We never had separate tables in the cafeteria for those with ” peanut allergies” the way schools do today and we certainly didn’t have ridiculous rules set in place of not sharing lunches. Are you kidding me?!?! Half the fun of lunch was swapping out cheetos for that hostess cupcake! Then again, it’s California and NOTHING surprises me anymore when it comes to how bass ackwards that state has become! So glad I left that hell hole!

  • Test

    When mom bought me school lunches, I ate them whether I liked them or not. When mom packed lunches I ate them too, even the peanut butter and cheese (ugh) sandwiches. We never threw away food just because we didn’t “like” it.

  • Briggs

    Not everything is political, anonymous. Jessica is right. If the child is old enough (and has enough cognitive function), then we should trust them to know what will and won’t kill them. Or cause harmful side-effects. The sharing of food should not be legislated by any school, regardless of whether their county (Cali has several) is red or blue.

  • Aero

    Morals, manners, and compassion should BEGIN at home. Then continued to be taught and encouraged throughout life and society. It once ‘took a village’. Then the village and the individual got separated and now neither is allowed to care about the other

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