(Closed) How would you handle this?

posted 9 years ago in Babies
Post # 16
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

This is my daughter’s class room policy too and I would fully support the teacher for taking them away. The problem is though that she doesn’t have any back up snack to give the student. We donated boxes of healthy snacks to the class room for those that didn’t have a snack or couldn’t afford it.

Not only is that an unhealthy snack, but kids bringing in junk often causes disagreements between kids in the class room.

Post # 17
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I would be pissed! I would take it up with principle ASAP!

Post # 19
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I think teachers dont want sugary snacks because it affects how the child behaves shortly after eating. I teach a kids class at my church and we dont like when parents bring their kids in with iced donuts from Dunkin donuts, soda or giant candy. We prefer them not to eat that when they are under our supervision because we have to deal with them once they become hyper. Having said that if the child had nothing else to eat then thats a bit mean to keep the child hungry,

Post # 20
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2011

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@stardustintheeyes: It think the biggest issue is that she put the responsibility & consequence on the 2nd grade STUDENT as opposed to talking with the parent, which is what would have been appropirate.

 

Post # 22
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

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@stardustintheeyes: Like I said, it was the teacher’s mistake for not having a back up treat. Maybe your cousin could send in a box so if this happens again with her daughter or another student there would be a snack for them.

Post # 23
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Honey bee

I would be pissed. First, you don’t make a 2nd grader feel like crap because of something that she had no control over. That should be obvious to a 2nd grade teacher.

Second, nobody tells me what I can and can’t feed my kids ultimately. I understand that the teacher has rules, but if they’re followed 99% of the time by this student/parent, and there was this one mishap, most people can deduce that it is probably because they forgot or ran out of healthy snacks, or were in a huge hurry for some reason. Two cookies aren’t going to kill anyone, or make a kid that eats carrot sticks everyday think it’s ok to eat cookies instead now. Also, it’s not like the teacher figured out the nutritional content of each child’s food. If she did, she might be surprised that some of the other children’s “healthy” snacks (like granola) probably compares similarly to the cookies.

Post # 24
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 1993

It sounds like it was the teacher’s recommendation not a rule or school-wide policy. So in this case I think the teacher stepped over the line.

*IF* this had been a school policy/classroom rule and it was a ‘first-time offense’ then she should have either sent the student home with a note for her parents reminding them about the rule and/or provided the student with a healthy snack for the day. To take it away and embarrass the girl like that was extremely rude and not within her right to do. Because again, the way she words it, it does NOT sound like it is a rule, just a recommendation.

And – like PPs have said – what if this had been sugar-free/gluten free or needed for her diet in some way? By sending a note or talking with the parents, she could have clarified that.

If this had been my child, I would have been pissed too. And would have put in a phone call.

Post # 27
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

This would piss me the heck off. No child should go with out a snack. Why doesn’t Mrs. Crazy Teacher have extra snacks to give kids that bring sugary snacks to class so they can have something ‘healthy’ with their ‘junk’ snack? Ask the teacher if she has a nutrition degree to adequately assess someone’s food choices, otherwise, she shouldnt be taking food from children.

Post # 28
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

Wow – that teacher is WAY overstepping her role and I’d be going in and talking to both her and the principal!

From what you’ve said, the “healthy-snacks” deal isn’t even an actual rule, just a personal preference of the teacher.  It isn’t right to punish a 2nd grader for something she has no control over and embarress her in front of her peers.  Especially when there is no explicit rule.

IMO, ultimately, no teacher should be telling a parent what they can and can’t feed their children.

Post # 29
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

If there is no list of banned foods and this is a first time offense then the teacher greatly and SEVERELY over-stepped her bounds. As a parent, I would go straight to the principal, calling ahead only to request a tete-a-tete. The teacher does not need to be included until after admin rules on the behaviour.

Embarrassing and punishing a child for something that was in no way their responsibility is completely unacceptable. I can understand not wanting sugary snacks in the class, but if it isn’t an ongiong issue with this particular student/parent then this is one huge snafu.

As an aside, I could understand if it was say, a peanut free classroom or school and the snack contained an allergen it then being taken away, but that is not the case. I would be PISSED.

Post # 30
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

As a teacher, I don’t agree with this. I have been in a variety of classrooms and when it is a personal snack, I don’t think that you have the right to take it away. If it was an unhealthy snack for the whole class, that is a different story. I get that she doesn’t want the other kids to feel like they can start bringing cookies, but rather than taking away the snack she could have addressed the whole class with a short reminder of what is a good healthy snack and not single out the girl, followed by a note home to the parents. 

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