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Mom says school wouldn’t let daughter finish lunch because it was not ‘nutritious’

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AURORA, Colo. — A Colorado mother is upset after a teacher at her daughter’s preschool wouldn’t allow the girl to finish her lunch because it wasn’t nutritious.

Leeza Pearson told KUSA that she packed her daughter a sandwich, string cheese and a four-pack of Oreos.

The Oreos were still in the child’s lunchbox, along with a note, which read:

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.

The director of Children’s Academy told KUSA that it’s not school policy to tell parents what their children can or can’t eat.

The school is now investigating.


  • Allison

    The daycare my child goes to requires a specific set of nutritional food in their lunch – and if I don’t provide it then they are required by law too. I think there is always room for treats but it does seem like the lunch was devoid of normal nutritional standards – I wonder if in this case the school also would have needed to fill in the voids. Health and nutrition are important – I find it odd the parent suggests a doctor would find this acceptable as much as she felt insulted and like it was none of the teacher’s business (yet we hold teachers accountable for so much these days). Give your kid an apple or banana in place of the oreos and save those for home!

    • Laura

      She wasn’t saying that the doctor “found it acceptable”, she was saying that what her child eats is between her, the child and the child’s doctor.

  • Tanya

    This is very poor journalism at it’s best. The fact is that local school boards along with the local districts set the rules for the educators to follow. Why wouldn’t you follow up with the district office rather that the institution following the rules given to them by administration? There is a chain of command, and it takes a parent from abother state to point it out! How sensational of you!

      • Tanya

        Thank you. I think it is extremely irresponsible of this news organization to only do part of the work. This has lead to comments from angry people who now want to “slap a teacher” and that are calling the lunch servers “Nazi’s” and my favorite comment from a guy that says “if someone tries to take my kids oreo’s, I would go Columbine on them.”
        This (lack of investigative) reporting encourages anger, violence, and division among parents and educators who really should be working together to create a healthier environment. It is just shameful.

  • Lorett

    Poor upset LAZY mom, at least someone cares about your kid’s nutrition so maybe she won’t be a fat head like you. Turn your outrage into positive and make a yummy sandwich for your kid next time.

    • Becks

      What gives you the right to call the women lazy? Do you know her? Regardless you don’t have the right to judge her or what she feeds her child. I’m sure there are things you do as a parent that other people don’t like.

    • Laura

      You don’t even know what was in that child’s lunch, so how can you say if it was nutritious or not!

    • Lisa

      So, she doesn’t care about her kid’s nutrition because she put Oreo in her lunch? 😂 And really…who the hell do you think you are calling this mother fat? That’s ok, but this mother can’t give HER daughter a f***ing snack? Yea, that makes sense. Btw, before you comment on a story, READ THE WHOLE THING before criticizing people because if you did, you would know her mother also gave her a “yummy sandwich”.

  • Becks

    I would be pissed. The peanut butter I understand but other than that we have the right to feed our children whatever we want. Why do they think they have the right to tell us what to feed our kids. This is supposed to be a free country.

    • Tanya

      This is a matter of parents not actively participating in their local elections and administrative meetings. The districts, via elected officials on the school board, creates policy, which is then expected to be enacted by the schools. If it is not, then there are consequences for not adhering to the rules. It is called accountability, which is expected by the parents who voted the people onto the board.

    • Laura

      Since when did peanut putter not healthy? It is packed with protein, and contains iron, riboflavin, vitamin E and Niacin…. All things a growing child needs!!!

  • Robin

    That is not the way to take care of the issue, because if you don’t let my child eat what I put in her lunch. THERE WILL BE CONSEQUENCES. I agree kids should eat healthy but don’t make an example of the kid.

  • karen olson

    Yes my daughters school told her if she cant bring nutritious snack she cannot bring snacks to school I’m sorry I didnt get the memo on that it is the schools decision what my child should and shouldnt eat. I decide what she eats and is discussed with her doctor.

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