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Kid Gets Detention for Sharing His Lunch at School

Mom thinks school overreacted a wee bit
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 20, 2014 7:57 AM CDT
Kid Gets Detention for Sharing His Lunch at School
School lunches are not to be shared.   (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

(Newser) – A 13-year-old kid ended up with a detention slip at school for the heinous crime of sharing his chicken burrito with a pal. As KRCR-TV reports, Kyle Bradford of Weaverville Elementary in California shared his school-bought lunch with a friend because the other kid wasn't crazy about his own cheese sandwich. That's a no-no in the eyes of school officials worried about allergies and lawsuits. "Of course if students are concerned about other students not having enough to eat we would definitely want to consider that," says the local school superintendent, "but because of safety and liability we cannot allow students to actually exchange meals."

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The rule is understandable, writes Michele Zipp at the Stir, but detention? "Seems excessive," she writes. "Our little Robin Hood of the cafeteria doesn't deserve to be punished for being kind." Kyle's mom agrees, saying the school should stick with teaching the basics and let parents handle "morals and manners and compassion." The Toronto Sun weighs in with what could have been an alternative punishment: "I will not share my lunch at school. I will not share my lunch at school. I will not share my lunch at school." (Don't share the Chapstick, either.)

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