Wednesday, 5 February 2014

Don't mess with the state

The Mini Cheddar Martyr has been expelled...

Boy, six, suspended from school after taking a packet of Mini Cheddars in his lunchbox has now been EXPELLED because parents vented their outrage in the press

In stories like this, there is sometimes more than meets the eye. Perhaps the lad has been expelled for some more serious crime than eating cheesy snacks?

The school has insisted a pupil was not excluded 'for just having Mini Cheddars in their lunchbox'...


A-ha!

...but because there had been a 'persistent and deliberate breach of school policy, such as bringing in crisps, biscuits, sausage rolls, mini sausages, scotch eggs and similar'.

And that really is it. No fighting, truancy or vandalism. This six year old has been expelled from school because he won't obey Big Public Health. Oh, and also because his parents have been exercising their freedom of speech...

In a statement the school said a pupil had been permanently excluded because 'during the course of a recent four day exclusion, the pupil’s parents made it publicly clear that their child would not be following the school's policy on healthy eating upon their return'.

No dissent allowed.

'I’m just devastated,' said Mr Pearson, last night. 'He rang and told me the decision had been made to exclude Riley permanently and we had given the school a bad reputation because of the media coverage.'

A case of shooting the messenger if ever there was one. Could it not be that the school's illiberal food policy and evil headteacher are what has given it a 'bad reputation'?

It beggars belief that a school would sacrifice a child's education because he eats what his parents want him to eat, but as I said in my previous post, you can't afford top mess with Public Health. Expect much more of this kind of thing as the years go on.

4 comments:

Curmudgeon said...

As someone said on Twitter, this headmistress would probably have confiscated Mini Cheddars from Daniel Pelka if the poor little sod had managed to find any.

Ivan D said...


You would have hoped that our magnificent national broadcaster would have picked up on this but the BBC was too busy publicly lying about obesity levels in parts of the UK in order to support of its mates in big public health.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-26037619

Bagladyinstitches said...

Sadly it's a lot easier to bully six yr olds and their parents than it is to raise teaching standards in a failing school. The head has taken to heart the axiom of finding quick fixes, but unfortunately not to the problems that were mentioned in this ofsted report -
http://www.google.fr/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=3&ved=0CEUQFjAC&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.ofsted.gov.uk%2Ffiledownloading%2F%3Fid%3D2142823%26type%3D1%26refer%3D0&ei=UXfyUsfLDOq40QWYu4CIBg&usg=AFQjCNHpPlHZQXcoUXtjyfAsPnxIApoGqQ&sig2=9sMw3dJG4AO5kREz2BUwZg&bvm=bv.60799247,d.d2k&cad=rjt

J Bonington Jagworth said...

At least they'll be able to take him on holiday for a bit now.