Kylee Moss, 7, of Missouri, was informed by Hillcrest Elementary that her body mass index is too high, leading the little girl to believe she is fat.
An unsealed letter with results from a body mass index test was sent home with children from Hillcrest Elementary. The testing occurred during physical education class.
Kylee’s mother, Amanda Moss, is outraged. "She goes, 'Does this mean I'm fat?' and I said, 'No, this does not mean you are fat,'" Amanda told Kylee.
Amanda says that Kylee is 3-foot-10 and weighs 54 pounds. "She is tiny. She has no body fat at all,” Amanda said.
"They send home a piece of paper that says, 'Here is a box. Your child doesn't fit into it. Here is what you should do to fit into the box,'" Kylee’s mother said, according to the Daily Mail.
Heidi Hickam was also outraged when the same letter was sent home with her 10-year-old son, Kaleb, who suffers from liver disease, and who already has weight issues.
“We know that he has a health problem, and we don’t need a letter to remind me of that,” Hickam said.
“If they’re going to send it home without it being in an envelope , where it’s exposed where all the kids can get into someone’s backpack and see the biggest kid in the class’s BMI and then maybe tease and bully him about it,” Hickam said, as reported by FOX 4.
Parents want the school district to recognize that its actions have consequences.
"Personal image is a big deal and if you are starting out a child at a very young age telling them they are overweight, it is a problem," said Amanda. "It is absolutely unacceptable."
Belton Superintendent Dr. Andrew Underwood said the body mass testing is intended to promote a healthy lifestyle and that the school “did not mean anything malicious by it."
"I think our teachers are just really trying to help out," he said.