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2-Year-Old Suspended From Daycare for Bringing Cheese Sandwich to School?!

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2-Year-Old Suspended From Daycare for Bringing Cheese Sandwich to School

by Ericka Sóuter

allergyChildren's food allergies are no joke. As the parent of a child who is allergic to nuts, I appreciate the fact my son's school is nut-free. I think it's wonderful that classrooms across the country take the health threat seriously. However, even I have to admit that some schools take things too far. Case in point: a daycare in Ottawa suspended a 2-year-old for three days because she was in possession of a cheese sandwich. The situation is even more ridiculous once you learn the details.

Like most parents, Randy Murray is desperate to get food into his kids' tummies every morning. When 2-year-old Faith didn't finish the cheese sandwich she was eating for breakfast, he allowed her to continue to munch on it on the way to school. At some point, the little girl shoved it into her pocket, and in the rush of things, dad forgot all about it. 

A problem arose when a teacher spotted the culinary contraband as they entered the school. She promptly handed it back to Murray, and he was told his little girl would be suspended for three days as a result. He thought it was a joke at first, but administrators weren't kidding. The school has a strict "no outside food" policy, and even though this was an honest mistake, they are not budging on the penalty.

Murray understands that the policy is in place to protect kids with allergies, which he can appreciate, but wishes they had handled the situation differently. He says a warning that she would be suspended if this happened again would have been more appropriate. I have to say, I agree with him. For one thing, it was clearly accidental. For another, the child is 2 and made a mistake that is completely age-appropriate.

Now if it were a high-schooler, then maybe more serious action should be taken. And what purpose does the suspension serve? It only seems to harm the little girl, who doesn’t even really understand what she did wrong. Major FAIL on the part of this school.

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Do you think the school acted too harshly or did this family get what it deserved?

by on Mar. 7, 2014 at 10:43 AM
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bhow
by Bronze Member on Mar. 9, 2014 at 10:15 AM

What a freaking joke!  I would not go back to that place.  I would be concerned what else they would punish that beautiful little girl for.  Jerks.  Bring her to me, I'll take care of her for free!  My husband would love having a cheese buddy!

KyliesMom5
by Bronze Member on Mar. 9, 2014 at 10:17 AM
I would be telling them " no she isn't because she no longer attends this daycare."
bhow
by Bronze Member on Mar. 9, 2014 at 10:20 AM

Seriously?  Do YOU check your kids pockets before sending them in someplace???  

I agree that this man may very well have been a repeat offender and that we do not hear the whole story, no doubt.  But, check pockets everytime?  Please.

Quoting Anonymous:

It is dumb but I am betting it happened several times and they were told that one more time and you are out.  Articles like this tend to not tell the other side of things.  How hard is it for parents to check kids pockets before walking in to daycare?


How2Be

Anonymous
by Anonymous 1 on Mar. 9, 2014 at 10:39 AM
If I got told more than once that my kid had food, I would. I believe they had warnings before because this was not the first time. It takes 2 seconds. Still, why the hell is this news??

Quoting bhow:

Seriously?  Do YOU check your kids pockets before sending them in someplace???  

I agree that this man may very well have been a repeat offender and that we do not hear the whole story, no doubt.  But, check pockets everytime?  Please.

Quoting Anonymous:

It is dumb but I am betting it happened several times and they were told that one more time and you are out.  Articles like this tend to not tell the other side of things.  How hard is it for parents to check kids pockets before walking in to daycare?

lapcounter
by Gold Member on Mar. 9, 2014 at 10:40 AM
Ridiculous!
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Pink.Frosting
by New Member on Mar. 9, 2014 at 10:42 AM
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1. It's not really a "suspension" because it's NOT a school.  It's just a daycare center.

2. It's a daycare center that must not care if they lose $100-$200 a week over a cheese sandwich because most parents would pull their kid out over that.

bhow
by Bronze Member on Mar. 9, 2014 at 10:43 AM

I hear ya' ... news?  Really?

Did you hear the one last week about the 10 yr old boy that was suspended for making a gun with his fingers? (Ohio)  Now that's a troubled child on his way to huge problems!  Kick him out for a being a kid and make it worse.  We are happy to have the principal and school board that we do, they let kids be kids and don't exaggerate things.

Quoting Anonymous: If I got told more than once that my kid had food, I would. I believe they had warnings before because this was not the first time. It takes 2 seconds. Still, why the hell is this news??
Quoting bhow:

Seriously?  Do YOU check your kids pockets before sending them in someplace???  

I agree that this man may very well have been a repeat offender and that we do not hear the whole story, no doubt.  But, check pockets everytime?  Please.

Quoting Anonymous:

It is dumb but I am betting it happened several times and they were told that one more time and you are out.  Articles like this tend to not tell the other side of things.  How hard is it for parents to check kids pockets before walking in to daycare?


How2Be

kstchr
by Member on Mar. 9, 2014 at 7:33 PM

Yeah, that seems very ridiculous and overblown. A simple warning/gentle reminder would have been more appropriate!

athorne
by Anna on Mar. 9, 2014 at 8:32 PM
I agree, a warning would have been fine. I do know that most schools and day cares do not alone outside food, but mistakes happen.
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