A Northern California student was disciplined for sharing his lunch with a classmate, KRCR-TV reported.
13-year-old Kyle Bradford said he was sent to detention after offering a chicken burrito to a friend on Tuesday at Weaverville Elementary School. The friend was reportedly unhappy with the cheese sandwich served in the school’s cafeteria.
“It seemed like he couldn’t get a normal lunch so I just wanted to give mine to him,” Bradford told KRCR. “I wasn’t really that hungry and it was just going to go in the garbage if I didn’t eat it.”
Trinity Alps Unified School District superintendent Tom Barnett said that the district bans students from sharing meals as a way to guard against potential allergy attacks. The detention slip handed to Broadford said he was “fully aware” of the policy at the time of his actions.
“If students are concerned about other students not having enough to eat we would definitely want to consider that,” Barnett said. “But because of safety and liability we cannot allow students to actually exchange meals.”
The boy’s mother, Sandy Bradford, said her reaction went from shock to anger when she found out the nature of his suspension.
“By all means the school can teach them math and the arithmetic and physical education,” she said. “But when it comes to morals and manners and compassion, I believe it needs to start at home with the parent.”
Watch KRCR’s report, as aired on Wednesday, below.