Child Given Detention For Sharing Lunch (VIDEO)

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13-year-old Kyle Bradford of Weaverville, Calif. wasn’t really hungry on Tuesday afternoon, and his friend wasn’t enthusiastic about the cheese sandwich that the cafeteria was serving. Kyle offered to share his chicken burrito and for that, he was punished.

“It seemed like he couldn’t get a normal lunch so I just wanted to give mine to him because I wasn’t really that hungry and it was just going to go in the garbage if I didn’t eat it,” said Bradford.

Kyle was given detention. The school’s justification? It’s possibly non-hygienic and there are possible food allergy issues. Of course, many kids do have food allergies, but cheese sandwiches contain at least two common allergens (wheat and dairy) and by 13, most kids are aware of what they can and can eat.

“We have a policy that prohibits students from exchanging meals. Of course if students are concerned about other students not having enough to eat we would definitely want to consider that, but because of safety and liability we cannot allow students to actually exchange meals,” said Barnett.

Kyle’s mother is backing her son 100 percent:

“By all means the school can teach them math and the arithmetic and physical education, but when it comes to morals and manners and compassion, I believe it needs to start at home with the parent,” Sandy said.

Despite the punishment, Kyle isn’t discouraged. If the situation were to arise again, he would give his friend his lunch. If he hadn’t given his burrito to his friend, he would have thrown it away.

Here’s the video: