A 6-year-old British primary school student was expelled for bringing an unhealthy snack in his lunch box—by a headmaster who had previously fed the kids McDonald’s.
Riley Pearson was expelled from Colnbrook Church of England Primary School in Berkshire, England, along with his 4-year-old brother, for bringing Mini Cheddars on school grounds.
Following a tabloid storm it came out that headmaster Jeremy Meek had purchased McDonald’s for 100 students when the school’s canteen was out of service.
“The school was broken into last year and as a result we were unable to use the school kitchen that day. We were faced with trying to source approximately 100 hot lunches for our pupils at very short notice,” Meek said in his defense. ”The school opted for fish finger meals from McDonald's.”
“It is just so hypocritical and makes me really angry at their double standards. There were five dinner ladies working,” the boys’ angry father, Tom Pearson, told the Daily Mail.
“Why didn’t they go to the shop a few minutes’ away, get some bread and make some sandwiches if they are so concerned about healthy eating? McDonald’s is junk food, pure and simple,” he added.
The school adopted a “healthy eating policy” in January after the McDonald’s incident. It now prohibits chips, chocolate, soda, and other unbalanced eats.
“It your child’s lunchbox is unhealthy and unbalance they will be provided with a school lunch for which you will be charged,” the policy reads.
The school said in a statement that Riley had repeatedly violated its healthy lunch rules in a “persistent and deliberate breach of school policy, such as bringing in crisps, biscuits, sausage rolls, mini sausages, scotch eggs and similar.”
Riley was due to return after four days, but the school issued a statement saying he had been “permanently excluded” due to his parent’s refusal to follow school lunchbox policies.
h/t Daily Mail