Mom claims school wouldn't let her daughter eat Oreos at lunch

Mom Says Teacher Wouldn't Let Daughter Eat Oreos at Lunch
Mom Says Teacher Wouldn't Let Daughter Eat Oreos at Lunch

A mother in Aurora, Colorado, is upset after she found out her 5-year-old daughter's preschool teacher wouldn't let her eat Oreos at lunch.

"They took it over the top to say the kid can't eat it. It was in their lunchbox but you can't eat it today." Leeza Pearson told KMGH.

The teacher said they weren't nutritious and sent the girl home with a note, which read in part: "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 ... Lunchables, chips, fruit snacks and peanut butter are not considered to be a healthy snack."

Pearson's daughter's lunch also included a ham and cheese sandwich and string-cheese, along with the four-pack of Oreo cookies.

"What the school thinks is healthy for her is not what I think is healthy for her ... That's between me and her and our doctor," Leeza Pearson told KUSA.

The director of the academy says it's not school policy to tell parents what to feed their children and they're currently investigating the note. A similar incident took place in Missouri in January.

A substitute teacher sent a note home to a student's parents, asking they pack healthier lunches for their child and even requested their signatures. The child's father expressed his concern.

"What does bother me is that it seems that we are constantly being inundated with the inability to be parents of our children," the child's father, Justin Puckett, told KTVO.

These incidents come amid national campaigns promoting healthy eating in schools.

The Missouri school district apologized to the family, saying it will not happen again. Pearson has yet to hear from her daughter's school district in Colorado.

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