Here’s a typical conversation between a parent and four-year-old child while the kid is getting ready for morning pre-school kindergarten:
“What would you like Mommy to pack for your lunch today, sweetheart?”
“I want a turkey sandwich with cheese, a banana, potato chips, and some apple juice, Mommy.”
Sounds yummy to me; I like all that stuff for any meal; nutritious too, right?
Wrong, say the chicken nugget school lunch nannies at West Hoke Elementary School in Hoke County North Carolina.
A state Gestapo agent assigned to the pre-kindergarten school cafeteria for the sole purpose of inspecting every child’s lunch box thought that this kid’s homemade lunch didn’t have enough nutritional value, i.e. “did not meet U.S. Department of Agriculture Division of Child Development and Early Education guidelines.”
The state sanctioned nanny confiscated the poor little kid’s lunch, forced her to eat chicken nuggets instead, and then sent her home with her offending uneaten packed lunch, a note chastising Mommy for not properly feeding her daughter, and a bill in the sum of $1.25 for the three nuggets she eventually ate.
The note explained that students who didn’t bring “healthy lunches” would be offered the missing portions and that parents would be charged for the cost of the cafeteria food. “When home-packed lunches do not include all of the required items, child care providers must supplement them with the missing ones,” say the nannies.
Naturally, the child’s mother was offended by school officials telling the kid that her mother wasn’t “packing her lunch box properly.” This is what the little kids are learning in school nowadays -- that the state knows better about how to take care of them than their own parents. The state employs the child as an agent to “correct” the parent.
This incident might seem as no big deal to some people, but to me it’s another incredible outrage connected with compulsory education in America which should not be tolerated. Free people should not be forced to endure this kind of tyranny at the hands of the criminal dictatorial state. That nanny and those school officials are criminals in my opinion and should face an appropriate penalty.
First of all, what the hell are paid states agents doing at a pre-school kindergarten cafeteria inspecting little kid’s lunch boxes in the same fashion the TSA inspects passenger’s belongings at airports? What makes them think they have the right to search children’s belongings as though they were inmates in a state prison?
Come to think of it, that’s exactly what they are as far as the state is concerned – little prisoners who are forced to line up every day, recite the pledge of allegiance to the state and otherwise conform like everyone else or be singled out for punishment. What’s next; going through their pockets and book bags searching for contraband? It’s simply inconceivable; it’s over the top.
Secondly, what in the name of reason is wrong with a turkey and cheese sandwich, a banana, a bag of chips and a carton of apple juice for a 4 year-old girl? That’s exactly what she wanted and it’s just as complete and nutritious as any other lunch I can think of. How dare these statist bastards come between a parent and child to dictate what the kid can and can’t have to eat for a homemade lunch at school?
And, sure enough, in this instance, after the media uproar over the outrage, the school officials backed down and admitted that this packed lunch was perfectly appropriate for that little girl. There was no reason on Earth to put this family through that ridiculous ordeal.
Let’s suppose this mother fed her child a big breakfast that morning and she didn’t want any lunch? Would that give these public school Nazis the right to force feed her with chicken nuggets and send her home to her Mommy with a disparaging note and a bill? Lots of people don’t eat lunch and you can count me as one of them. Two meals a day is enough for me.
Finally, as far as I can tell from this story there was no apparent evidence that this little girl was malnourished, emaciated, starving, or deprived of sustenance in any way. It’s not like she showed up at school suffering with rickets, pellagra or some other horrible nutritional disease. She’s a healthy, happy, well nourished 4-year-old kid. So how is it that these nannies feel they have the right to meddle into her family’s domestic affairs?
That’s the problem with compulsory public school education in America. Parents are forced to send their children to school, and kids are forced to attend for 13 or more of their most formative years. If that isn’t bad enough, the state then takes the liberty of teaching their captive audience exactly what it wants them to think instead of how to think, with the object of turning each and every one of them into obedient slaves of the collective, incapable of thinking for themselves, and totally allegiant to the state.
And nowadays it starts early in pre-school kindergarten with chicken nugget school lunch nannies.