Published on February 17th, 2012 | by Kim LaCapria0
Update: School Lunch Police Say Tot’s Lunchbox Fare Replaced With Chicken Nuggets in Error
Earlier this week, it was widely reported that a child in a North Carolina school had her home-packed lunch confiscated, and replaced with the school-supplied fare of chicken nuggets.
Many were outraged at what was viewed as yet another attempt by the government to get their slimy, overreaching hands on life, liberty and the pursuit of juice boxes. What the child’s mother reported was in the lunch- a turkey sandwich, fruit, juice and chips- was by American standards, positively health food. But what was initially thought to be governmental meddling was actually, the school says, an oversight.
Hoke County Schools Assistant Superintendent Bob Barnes said Thursday that the incident did indeed occur, but it was a mistake, and that the child should have merely been supplied with a carton of milk. Barnes said:
“We do not go over and stare down every child’s lunch. If you looked at the lunch the child had, I’d love to have that lunch today. However, there are occasions that kids bring lunches that aren’t that complete, and that’s why we try to supplement them with the things that they need to make it a complete lunch.”
A spokesperson for the USDA confirmed that the agency does not seek to vet children’s packed lunches.