Hoke County School: 2 Other Students Involved In Lunch Controversy

RAEFORD, N.C. (AP) -- A North Carolina school says it was three children, not one, who were given a cafeteria meal when a teacher deemed their packed lunch was lacking.

Hoke County Schools Assistant Superintendent Bob Barnes said Wednesday two more 4-year-olds got bad direction last month from a teacher who should have known better.

Barnes says the three brought lunches to eat at West Hoke Elementary School in Raeford.

The pre-kindergarten class teacher should have given the children whatever was missing to round out their meal and meet federal dietary guidelines. Barnes said the children instead were sent to get chicken nuggets.

The mother of one of the children did not return calls to The Associated Press seeking comment. Diane Zambrano told FoxNews she resents the school deciding what her child should eat.


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  • by Trixie Location: Missouri on Feb 29, 2012 at 06:34 AM
    When I was going to school the teachers did not monitor what I was eating for lunch. Nor did they monitor my children, I was not exactly rich and the occaisional time when school lunch was purchased it was a treat an item that my child really liked and asked to buy hot lunch that day. As a Parent that was my decision to make school lunch or packed lunch. IT WAS NOT THE SCHOOLS DECISION IT WAS MINE AS THE CHILDS PARENT.....
  • by Anonymous on Feb 28, 2012 at 04:08 PM
    This is all so ridiculous. Nobody died so get over it. I cannot believe people made such a huge deal out of this. The crazy things people will do for 15s of fame!
  • by Anonymous Location: Raeford on Feb 27, 2012 at 08:23 PM
    the most poor students of one of the most poor counties in america go to west hoke elementary. Do you really think the lunches these poor people send for their kids is sufficient? I highly doubt it. Teachers know their students allergies for obvious reasons, so they weren't at risk of causing health problems. The only reason these parents even care about the lunch is because they had to pay for it. The children probably asked their teacher for extra food to begin with... Could you tell a hungry four year old no?
  • by concerned on Feb 23, 2012 at 08:19 PM
    Wonder how the situation would be handled if a child was alergic to milk?
  • by Cornholio on Feb 23, 2012 at 07:47 PM
    The overbearing liberals who believe the government or a government employee who toes the leftest ideological line will never stop trying to creep further and further toward a completely government directed existence for supposedly free people. And fools will come on here and cheer them on.
  • by laura Location: greenville on Feb 23, 2012 at 11:31 AM
    Remember that these are parents, and some are good and some aren't- some pack healthy lunches, and some just throw whatever they have handy in a bag. Think about the recent stories of neglect- it's not crazy to think that perhaps these lunches were lacking and the teacher was just trying to feed those kids! As a human, how can you ignore a hungry kid?
  • by laura Location: greenville on Feb 23, 2012 at 11:25 AM
    Kudos to the teacher for seeing that those kids had enough to eat. Kids who are hungry cannot fully participate in a class, and hunger certainly affects mood and behavior. It's cruel to make kids watch as others at their table have full lunches, and they go with very little, or nothing at all. I would have done the same thing.
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      by Anonymous on Feb 23, 2012 at 12:52 PM in reply to laura
      It doesn't say they didn't have enough to eat, it says that their meals didn't meet the dietary guidelines. There is a big difference. I am VERY careful to make sure my son gets a good healthy and balanced diet, but some days his packed lunch doesn't meet guidelines b/c their is no dairy (he has milk at home for breakfast and often at night but not always at lunch).
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      by Formerly O.L.I. on Feb 23, 2012 at 02:12 PM in reply to laura
      Unless you were there, you don't know, do you? The article says the children BROUGHT lunches/had food. It didn't meet government-mandated guidelines...Big Brother wants to tell YOU what to eat too...just wait.
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      by Cornholio on Feb 23, 2012 at 07:49 PM in reply to laura
      Can you read? The article didn't say they didn't have enough. It basically said the teacher didn't like the nutritional content of the food the kids had so she forced them to eat greasy, high fat content processed chicken parts molded into nugget shapes.
  • by Audra Location: SoCal, unfortunately on Feb 23, 2012 at 10:37 AM
    Donna has it right. Allergies is a huge concern. So are food sensitivities, medications, health conditions of any number of types. There may also be religious restrictions in their household. NO ONE should have the right to step in and arbitrarily tell a FOUR YEAR OLD without their parent or legal guardian present (or at least consulted!) what they should go eat! That child is in no way old enough to reliably be able to tell a teacher/inspector/whatever that they aren't supposed to eat some food item that's being handed to them. That's pure stupidity incarnate. I'd have someone's head on a platter for it.
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      by laura on Feb 23, 2012 at 11:26 AM in reply to Audra
      I know one thing that everyone is allergic to..... hunger.
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        by Formerly O.L.I. on Feb 23, 2012 at 02:10 PM in reply to laura
        These children brought food.
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      by Formerly O.L.I. on Feb 26, 2012 at 01:56 PM in reply to Audra
      I agree, but some people are not able to 'think' outside the 'news article'.
  • by Vet Location: Greenville on Feb 23, 2012 at 10:17 AM
    Can anyone clarify for me how it went from a government inspector in the initial stories to a teacher in the later stories. To my understanding the school was in the midst of an inspection of which compliance with nutrition standards was a part. Even is the teacher was the one that made her go get a school lunch I can't help but think that it was at the behest of a government inspector.
  • by B Location: Gville on Feb 23, 2012 at 08:50 AM
    The Food Nazis should only be inspecting what the school serves and keep their hands off what the parents have packed for their children. Isn't this some sort of violation of a person's rights?
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