An angry mom has recalled the time she pulled her son out of his school following an “unreasonable” complaint from the child’s teacher.
Megan Peavey from Bradford, England, was left fuming after getting “snack-shamed” by her young son’s teacher who sent her a message complaining about the contents of the lunchbox the mom had prepared for her child.
“Please help us make healthy choices at school,” the alleged passive-aggressive message read.
The contents of the lunchbox that the teacher had a problem with? A pack of Pringles.
According to the disgruntled mom, the message was written on the boy’s empty Pringles box, and she wasn’t willing to let it slip by because she refuses to have food labeled as healthy and unhealthy because such classifications can lead to eating disorders.
“They snack-shamed my three-year-old, they snack-shamed me, by writing that passive-aggressively,” Megan added as she revealed she has since pulled her son from his school.
“What would you do? Do you think that’s ridiculous? Because I do.”
After sharing her concerns on TikTok, the mom was praised by many parents for standing up to the meddling teacher and for setting her own rules when it comes to her son’s diet.
“I’m a prek teacher. Never would I ever tell a family to ‘make healthy choices.’ My girls get a bag of chips w their sandwiches along w fresh fruit,” one user wrote.
“My niece, 7, was told she could not have her snack because it was deemed ‘unhealthy’ by their standards. She had to sit and watch everyone else eat,” another said.
In an update, the mom went on to reveal she met with the school’s director who also reminded her that the school previously warned parents to include only “healthy” snacks in kids’ lunchboxes.
“I didn’t consider Pringles to be this unhealthy snack. I considered things like Cheetos, Doritos, Milky Way bars, things like that to be an unhealthy snack,” the mother added.
“I would pack him Pringles with a granola bar, yogurt, fruit… regardless, did I think it was appropriate to write it on my son’s empty packet of Pringles? No.”
Megan also revealed that the incident led the school to remove her son from the summer program, prompting the angry parent to pull her child out altogether.
“It just felt so uncalled for and disrespectful. I walked downstairs, and I checked my son out, and that’s that. We’re done there,” she concluded.
“I won’t let my kids get an eating disorder because a school is labeling things as healthy and unhealthy. That to me is unhealthy.”
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