When lunchboxes are outlawed, only outlaws will have lunchboxes: Chicago school bans homemade lunches

by editor on April 18, 2011

“Put down that peanut butter sandwich,” the grade school Gestapo ordered, “and step away from your lunchbox.”

We’ve officially gone from compassionate school officials offering lunch to underprivileged school children to over-zealous administrators outlawing homemade lunches and requiring that all school kids eat state-approved lunches.


Strike one: Davy Crockett is oppressing Mexican minorities. Strike two: Davy Crockett has a gun. Strike three: Davy Crockett adorns a lunchbox containing a homemade meal.

The Chicago Tribune reports that even the kids aren’t accepting the nanny state nuttiness without a fight:

Fernando Dominguez cut the figure of a young revolutionary leader during a recent lunch period at his elementary school.

“Who thinks the lunch is not good enough?” the seventh-grader shouted to his lunch mates in Spanish and English.

Dozens of hands flew in the air and fellow students shouted along: “We should bring our own lunch! We should bring our own lunch! We should bring our own lunch!”

Fernando waved his hand over the crowd and asked a visiting reporter: “Do you see the situation?”

At his public school, Little Village Academy on Chicago’s West Side, students are not allowed to pack lunches from home. Unless they have a medical excuse, they must eat the food served in the cafeteria.

Liberals must be terribly conflicted in this situation. Should they support this idiotic extension of the nanny state or support the little Che Guevara-ish rebels who are standing up against oppression?

Principal Elsa Carmona said her intention is to protect students from their own unhealthful food choices.

“Nutrition wise, it is better for the children to eat at the school,” Carmona said. “It’s about the nutrition and the excellent quality food that they are able to serve (in the lunchroom). It’s milk versus a Coke. But with allergies and any medical issue, of course, we would make an exception.”

Carmona said she created the policy six years ago after watching students bring “bottles of soda and flaming hot chips” on field trips for their lunch. Although she would not name any other schools that employ such practices, she said it was fairly common.

Why don’t they just change the name of the school to Michelle Obama Elementary School and Re-Education Camp and get it over with.

Source: Chicago Tribune

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DJ April 19, 2011 at 10:48 am

Thank God my kids are done with school…if this were my district, the first thing I’d do is deliver a pile of dirt sandwiches to the Powers That Be.

And oh yeah, I’d lay waste to any Cafeteria Commissar that tried to take my kid’s lunch away and feed them their nasty Mystery McNuggets etc that passes for school lunches.

Anniee451 April 18, 2011 at 10:21 pm

What’s the deal with the “flaming hot” description of chips? What difference does it make if the chips are seasoned hot? That’s actually a pretty healthy thing, anyway – hot spices are good for the system.

And there goes the pretense that Michelle Obama only meant that we have to “help parents” regarding lunch, not that she literally wants to make school lunches the only mandatory “choice” and eliminate home food.

Another case for homeschooling, of course.

perlcat April 19, 2011 at 4:16 am

Maybe it’s absenteeism they’re after.

My daughter said that if you eat Funyons and Doritos, you can go breathe on the school nurse, who will send you home thinking that you just threw up.

RockingHorseGuy April 19, 2011 at 12:52 pm

Mmmmmm, Flaming Hot Cheetos. Breakfast of Champions.

whiskeyriver April 18, 2011 at 7:31 pm

The Albuquerque Pubic Skool System had a big blowup about this a couple of years ago. They have a pay as you go system, pay $20 bucks and your child gets X numbers of lunches on a punchcard thing. If you qualify for reduced price lunches your kid gets XX numbers of lunches on the punchcard thing. When all the little dots on the punchcard thing have been punched out, you send another $20 bucks to the school and everything starts all over again.

The problem was that the deadbeat parents were not sending in the $20 dollar payment on time and APS was in the hole about $180,000 feeding these kids. The school boards decision, one of the few I have ever agreed with, was to cut off hot lunches for the kids with deadbeat parents. Instead, they were given cheese sandwiches, a piece of fruit and a carton of milk. And the shit, in this case the cheese, hit the fan.

The deadbeat parents were screaming about how their child had been humilated! They had to eat a cheese sammich when their classmates got a hot lunch! The shame of it all! I will send my child to school with a sack lunch instead of letting him/her be embarassed this way! The funny part of this is that most of the deadbeat parents were exactly that. Their children were getting hot meals at school for next to nothing and they could not even take care of the small amount it cost every day. But they laid off the Budweiser long enough to pay their bill once their child had been “embarassed”!

The sad part is the Albukookoo Pubic Skool system is now trying to do the same as this Shit-Ca-Go skool system. As more parents started sending a cheese sammich, piece of fruit and a Twinkie from home for their kids lunch, the schools started losing money. Now they want teachers to be nutritional cops who can say if a left over meatloaf sandwich is healthier than a mystery meat glob of gook on a school lunch tray. The parents have to pay, one way or the other, the question is who will they pay. As usual, the kids are stuck in the middle not really understanding what all the hooraw is all about.

Warren April 18, 2011 at 11:50 am

Yeah… I’d be pulling my kid out of this school faster then the Road Runner avoided the Coyote’s traps. Remind me to never move to Illinois…

StrinaM April 18, 2011 at 12:47 pm

I’d organize the parents to all make their kids home-made lunches then challenge the school to proove theirs is more healthy than what the parents packed!

hisham April 18, 2011 at 9:26 pm

I understand that this school district has been doing this for quite some time. So many parents, rich and poor, are already used to the idea that Uncle Sugar’s going to pick up the tab for their kid’s breakfast and lunch, that they’re spending little Johnny’s lunch money somewhere else! Take the lunch program away and they may have a Greek style meltdown over a perceived entitlement you are now asking them to pay for.

moudoka April 18, 2011 at 11:30 am

Let someone else try to tell my kid what she can and can’t eat. I’ll be in their face like white on rice on a paper plate in a snowstorm.

NO ONE has the right to tell me how to raise my child, and NO ONE has the authority to tell my child what she can and can’t eat, except for me and her mother. End of story.

KimmyQueen April 18, 2011 at 10:17 am

As everyone posted their opinions here I believe it is safe to say that everyone is right. It is a combinations of reasons and issues involved in these types of reasons. There are those who are sincerely concerned about the bad decisions parents make with their kids’ meals (which is true but certainly not for every single child). Then there are those who are looking at how much money they can indeed overcharge the state/federal (ie Taxpayers), so there is great room for corruption here. Then they are those that want control of minds as well as bodies be under government for many reasons. Then they are those that are looking out for union interests. Then they are those that are simple elitists who believe they know better than others and it is their responsibility to control others’ behaviors. It is complex and there is no simple answer and most answers are correct. All I can say that there may be good intentions but the evil intentions trump it all the time.

Wagsthedog April 18, 2011 at 7:42 am

It’s because the lunches in school are prepared by union labor. They don’t want the competition from mommy! And what’s up with that racist lunch box? Why is Davy Crockett being so violent? He should be handing out welfare checks not injuring our neighbors to the south.

YT April 18, 2011 at 6:55 pm

They should be on my ku klux knenieval lunchbox. The orange blue and white one where the dare devil is trying to jump 150 illegals with a steamroller.

perlcat April 19, 2011 at 12:59 pm

Your mind works in strange ways.

Noelegy April 18, 2011 at 6:52 am

Interesting that you show a graphic of the old-style, deadly metal lunchbox.

I agree with those who say this is more about control than about nutrition, but I also think that there’s an element of making everyone equal. After all, it’s not fair for Johnny, who comes from a family that makes a little more money and can afford nice lunches, to have something yummier and more appealing than Juan or JaMonTray who are on the “free” school lunch program. They’re already wearing uniforms, why not put everyone on the same government-approved Soylent Green gruel?

DeanH April 18, 2011 at 7:53 am

JaMonTray has a little half brother (actually a dozen half brothers and sisters with an equal number of last names) named T-AllahBan with a special needs lunch excuse from his doc-kuh due to his allergy to kaffir. The skool is debating whether to let him bring his yataghan in order to prepare his goat for lunch.

Larry April 18, 2011 at 5:34 am

This is typical academic elitist crap. Stupid rules for unimportant issues are often established in schools without any basis in legitimacy. Why because the administrators have the power to make rules like this and they are pretty certain that nobody will oppose them.
When real change making rules that would improve education need to be instituted no one in the school has the courage to do it because of the heat that will ensue. I have personally seen this over and again when I was in education and now at my wife’s elementary school.
The administrator’s world view gets put into play because she knows better than the parents on how to raise these children. It is a world view that gets reinforced every day in our schools and universities. “We are the professionals and we know better.”
It all comes down to the hubris that often comes with having a degree in a specialized area. You have this degree and must therefore be the expert and know more than the other dolts living out there who don’t have your degree.
Personally I’m sick of it and I am so tired of supposed experts who think that they should be making decisions for all of us on even the most mundane issues in our lives.

deepthinker April 18, 2011 at 4:58 am

It’s just another way to shake down the parents and indoctrinate the children that the educators know best for them.

What’s wrong with someone bringing their lunch? I know, the school doesn’t get the money that is whats wrong.

perlcat April 18, 2011 at 5:40 am

It’s not about money. It’s about control. Get the kids used to NannyState telling them what to do, and they’ll not struggle as much for freedoms they never knew they had.

“Unalienable rights? What are those?”

hisham April 18, 2011 at 8:08 am

Perlcat, there’s a hell of a lot of money here as well. Think about how much money a school can make a day if all of it’s students must eat their meals in the cafeteria on the state’s dime. The school overcharges the state, or the feds for that matter, 30% to 60% or more per meal and skims off the difference between the cost per meal per student, all in the interest of providing a more nutritious meal, what horse sh*t. It’s never been about the students and it’s always been about the money! These f***ers make the Gotti crime family look like the Red Cross!

YT April 18, 2011 at 6:48 pm

Pretty soon part of being a good parent will involve learning how to stalk and murder your local two-bit dicator school officials since god knows nobody can afford a private school AND taxes to pay for everyone else’s brood to attend. For more information see the thread about illegal mexicans being one the dole.

RKae April 18, 2011 at 4:57 am

From the just sayin’ department:

There’s an interesting/funny kids’ book called “The Fearless Force” about some child superheroes who discover that the school lunches are spiked with mind-control serum. (I think it’s out of print now. Damn!)

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