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Originally posted by BlackOps719
I do realize that school systems and states in general are suffering from budget shortfalls and in serious need of cost cutting measures. However, in this instance Im not sure this is the right approach to saving a few bucks.
Doesn't it seem wrong to single out and humiliate elementary age school children because of the inability of the parents to pay? Yes I know what many heartless types will say, they are deadbeats and as such deserve no sympathy.
But isn't that the whole point here? Does it not fall on the parent to shoulder the blame for not having the ability to pay? Isnt it a bit cruel and unusual to humiliate young children for the short comings of the parent?
Can you imagine the ridicule that a youngster would face, being singled out and pulled aside in front of an entire cafeteria full of their peers and forced to eat a welfare cheese sandwich in shame.
I can see the point of view of the school officials on one hand because yes, parents should pay their fair share of the cost. But on the other hand I feel bad for thse children and see them as an innocent victim here. No doubt the stigma attached for a young child to be mocked in such a way will carry over to their adult lives.
Couldn't they find a better way to handle the problem than resorting to public humiliation of the children?
[edit on 2/25/09 by BlackOps719]
Originally posted by Quaght
What's sad here is that you're serious. The little snowflakes have to eat cheese sandwiches? I think I might be able to find the number for a whaaaaambulance. At least the school was nice enough to provide them. Here's an idea: how about the mommies and daddies that are in an uproar about it fix the kids a ham and cheese sandwich for lunch? That's how most of us had lunch when we were in grade school. This &*%#ing idea that anyone owes anyone anything is getting way out of hand. Just fix a damn sandwich!
Originally posted by DonkeyRider
Wow!! I love it! It always amazes me what passes for child abuse these days. The poor children are traumatized by having to eat a free sandwich and some fruit. In protest today I ate a cheese sandwich with a few BBQ chips and a banana. So do I need to report myself to family services, or do I just call up a local newspaper reporter and try to get my story published?
Originally posted by ahamarlin
Here in Holland it is very normal for kids to bring their own sandwiches from home to school for lunch. Sandwiches, fruit and milk does not sound like a unhealthy meal. I think its better then some of the school junkfood they serve.
At many many places in the world kids dont bring any food with them to school, in fact there might not even be a school at all.
Just my two cents.