A Tennessee elementary school banned students from eating ham sandwiches, BLTâ€™s and anything else made with pork, but eventually lifted the ban after parents complained.
Third grade teachers at Sunset Elementary School in Brentwood, Tenn. sent home an â€śApproved Snack Listâ€ť for the school year and it specifically banned anything that comes from a pig.snacklist
â€śNo meats containing pork,â€ť read the memorandum. â€śStarting Monday, August 12, 2013 your child must provide their own snack from the above approved snack list.â€ť
Kids could nosh on raw vegetables without dips or sauces, fresh fruit, crackers, pretzels, and popcorn â€“ but no ribs or pork rinds.
â€śOnly choose a food from the following list to bring into school for snack,â€ť the memorandum stated in bold-face type. â€śNo other food items are permitted.â€ť
One day after the pork ban went into effect, Williamson County Schools posted a message on their Facebook page telling parents to ignore the rules.
â€śSchools should only be offering suggested snack choices, and that information will be sent home only if your child is in a classroom where there is a food allergy,â€ť the district stated. â€śAny reference to not allowing pork products in school is incorrect. Please disregard.â€ť
The district said the point of the memorandum was to address food allergies and approved snack lists.
The memorandum did not explain why the school had become a pork-free zone, leading to lots of confusion among parents.
â€śIâ€™ve never heard of a life-threatening pork allergy,â€ť one parent wrote on Facebook.
The no-pork rule generated lots of conversation on Nashvilleâ€™s talk radio stations and a number of callers and several hosts wondered if it had something to do with students who might be Muslim.
â€śTypical list for a Madrassa,â€ť wrote Nashville radio host Michael DelGiorno on his Facebook page.
â€śIf you think this has anything to do with something besides appeasing Muslims then you are either stupid or willfully ignorant,â€ť one of his listeners wrote.
â€śIs this school system trying to satisfy a religion?â€ť another listener asked. â€śI see a big red flag here.â€ť
on Aug. 16, 2013 at 5:19 PM