13-year-old Kyle Bradford received a detention slip at Weaverville Elementary School in Trinity County, California after he shared a chicken burrito with a friend who did not like his cheese sandwich, reports KRCR, the local ABC 7 affiliate.
“It seemed like he couldn’t get a normal lunch, so I just wanted to give mine to him because I wasn’t really that hungry and it was just going to go in the garbage if I didn’t eat it.”
His mother, Sandy Bradford, agreed with her son’s decision to share the meal:
“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.”
But Tom Barnett, who is Superintendent of Trinity Alps Unified School District, where Weaverville Elementary School is located, told the outlet that students are not allowed to share meals because of “safety and liability” concerns.
“We have a policy that prohibits students from exchanging meals. 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.”
Bradford made it clear to ABC 7 that he would share a meal with a student again if given the opportunity.
H/T EAG News
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