Teachers can 'confiscate or destroy' unhealthy food in your child's lunchbox. Shocked or not?
We're wondering how you react to the news that teachers can lawfully 'confiscate, keep or destroy' unhealthy snacks in children’s school lunch boxes.
"There is nothing to prevent schools from having a policy of inspecting lunch boxes for food items that are prohibited under their school food policies," said education minister Lord Nash. "Schools have common-law powers to search pupils… A member of staff may confiscate, keep or destroy such items found as a result of the search if it is reasonable to do so in the circumstances."
Lord Nash did then add that, "If schools wish to adopt such policies, we strongly recommend that they consult parents first and ensure that any adopted policy is clearly communicated to parents and pupils.”
The minister was clarifying the (lunchbox) law after several controversial confiscation incidents in schools up and down the country, including the suspension of a 6-year-old boy for having mini-Cheddars in his lunchbox, and a parent protest when Scotch eggs and Peparamis were confiscated from lunchboxes in a Colchester school.
But what do you think? Did you know teachers could take food out of your child's lunchbox? Has it happened to you? And how would you feel if it did?
We'd love to hear your thoughts, even if your child isn't school-age yet. Do please share your views by adding a post to this thread!