Teachers are not dietitians
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While it's important for schools to promote healthy living and maintain academic levels for children, there are some choices gone too far. Charles Dickens School in Kent have begun daily bag checks for pupils and taking any unhealthy food. Sweets, crisps, chocolate, fizzy and energy drinks are all taken and not returned, which was introduced to improve concentration levels. The decision has been met with a backlash from parents who believe that this level of control is out of order. Jennifer Keen on behalf of her 12-year-old son Vincent said "He said "We've been searched today". I was expecting him to say for knives or something but he said "Crisps and sweets"." It's ridiculous to think that the school views Mars Bars and Coca-Cola as serious contraband when they are not doing anything except feed them at lunchtime. While they may be worried about the health effects of these foods, it's down to the students and parents to choose the right amount to eat. By forcing the students to not eat certain foods, the school is suggesting that it knows the wellness of all the children which it does not. Mum Tina Brown emphasises this: "When needed my son has chocolate and I am not going to stop that. He is perfectly healthy." The parents know their children, they know how much they eat and they alone are entitled to decide what is acceptable and what isn't. The school has stated that they were following the healthy eating theme in the government's National Healthy School Policy. However, the programme said that its aim was "enabling young people to make informed decisions about healthy food."
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