A Colorado mom thought she was giving her 4-year-old daughter a treat when she packed her a small pack of Oreos along with her sandwich and string cheese. But Leeza Pearson was certainly surprised when her daughter Natalee, a public school student, came home from Children's Academy in Aurora with the Oreos because the school had barred the girl from consuming them, according to the local NBC affiliate. The cookies came with a note explaining that each child at the school is required to eat only healthy snacks. Natalee was apparently given a healthy snack to consume instead.
“I don’t agree with it at all,” Pearson told KMGH news, a Denver TV station. "They took it over the top, to say, 'The kid can't eat it. It was in her lunchbox, but you can't eat it today.'"
Here’s a copy of the note:
"Dear Parents, it is very important that all students have a nutritious lunch. This is a public school setting and all children are required to have a fruit, a vegetable, and a healthy snack from home, along with milk. If they have potatoes, the child will also need bread to go along with it. Lunchables, chips, fruit snacks, and peanut butter are not considered to be a healthy snack. This is a very important part of our program and we need everyone's participation."
The director of Children’s Academy said that the note should not have been sent out, and that there is no such school policy telling students what they can and cannot eat for lunch or snacks. However, it’s not uncommon for schools to adopt similar policies. A lot of schools have banned junk food altogether.