"Some Chicago schools ban some lunches brought from home"
All this talk that we live in a soft-tyranny? Just the rantings of “anti-government” rabble rousers — extremists looking to confront and incite. Move along. Nothing to see here:
At […] 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.
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.”
More than merely in loco parentis, what we’re seeing here is full-on parentis interruptus.
But so what? It’s for the children, after all. Right?
Any school that bans homemade lunches also puts more money in the pockets of the district’s food provider, Chartwells-Thompson. The federal government pays the district for each free or reduced-price lunch taken, and the caterer receives a set fee from the district per lunch.
Wait, so you mean a government that overreaches into nearly every aspect of our lives might in fact create perverse incentives for public employees to usurp parental rights — and that those incentives might be money based?
But — the children!
When Ding Dongs are outlawed, only Outlaws will have Ding Dongs.