Internet split over mom’s dispute with teacher about son's school lunch
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA: A mother was left fuming after her five-year-old son’s preschool teacher called her packed lunch ‘disgusting’ and demanded the child to not bring it to school. The 34-year-old woman explained that she gives her son fairly balanced meals that include celery sticks, cheese, kimchi, and 'spicy Doritos marinated in Sriracha.' But his teacher feels that the dishes are “inappropriate” for school as their "unpleasant odor" distracts other students.
The furious mother shared her concerns on the 'Am I The A**hole' (AITA) subreddit, where she wrote, "A few hours after I picked him up from school today, I got a phone call from his teacher." The frustrated parent also hit out at the teacher's hostile tone while speaking to her. "She made absolutely no effort to sound kind when she, in an extremely rude and annoyed tone, told me to stop packing my son such 'disgusting and inappropriate' lunches," she added on Reddit.
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'Just too inappropriate to be sent to school any longer'
The mother said she felt ‘appalled’ after the teacher called her lunch unhealthy. "I felt absolutely appalled when she said this, as I and the teacher have, up until now, always maintained a very friendly relationship. She added that the lunches I'm packing for my son are 'very distracting for the other students and have an unpleasant odor,'" she continued. The parent said she refused to agree to the teacher's demands and told her that she would continue to pack her son's favorite lunches, particularly because it is imperative that he eats properly while at school.
"I told her that I understand her concerns, as the lunches I pack are definitely not the healthiest, but the lunches are according to my son's preferences," the mother wrote. However, as per the post, the drama didn’t end there as the teacher informed the mother via email that her response was "unacceptable" and her son's lunches are "just too inappropriate" for school. The woman shared, "The teacher sent an email to me an hour ago saying that my response was 'unacceptable' and that his lunches are 'just too inappropriate to be sent to school any longer.' I haven't responded yet and don't want to. I want to maintain a healthy relationship with my son's teachers. I am confused as to what to do."
'She’s too inappropriate to be teaching at the school'
The post soon attracted immense social media attention with many users encouraging the mother to file a report against the ‘racist’ teacher. “Report her to the principal. Her comments regarding your son’s food are 'disgusting' and 'have an unpleasant tone' aka cough cough racist tone. She’s too inappropriate to be teaching at the school any longer,” said one user. “Exactly. Your son's food is perfectly normal. For a 5-year-old. Your family's food is normal. The teacher is TA for not recognizing that,” another user asserted.
However, there were also some users who called out mothers for the heavily scented dishes. “You chose some really really heavy scented foods that a lot of kids have trouble acclimating to. If it was just kimchi and spam I would understand the culture card, but blue cheese and sriracha are also flavors that are so strong,” one user noted. Whilst, the other said “ESH. The kimchi blue cheese combo probably is funky as hell after it’s been sitting in a lunch box especially. I would def lose my appetite eating next to someone eating that.”
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