When Colorado mom Leeza Pearson decided to send her young daughter, Natalie, to school with a dessert in her lunchbox, she didn’t expect it to cause an uproar.
According to ABC 10, Pearson packed a healthy lunch for her 4-year-old girl before sending her off to school at the Children’s Academy in Aurora.Leeza Pearson/Facebook
But as a Friday treat, she included in a harmless package of Oreo cookies. Pearson told “Today“:
“We noticed last minute that we ran out of fruit or we would have put that in there instead. So we threw some Oreos in there.”
But when little Natalie got home, she told her mom that she didn’t get to eat part of her lunch. Instead, she handed her mom back the Oreo cookies, along with a note written by the teacher.
The note made it clear that Natalie’s lunch was taken because her teacher didn’t deem it “nutritious” enough. It read, in part:
Lunchables, chips, fruit snacks, and peanut butter are not considered to be a healthy snack. This is very important part of our program and we need everyone’s participation.
Pearson was infuriated by the private school’s actions. She said that school officials hadn’t raised concern about her daughter’s lunch until the very end of the school year.
The mother told “Today:”
“We’re not the parents that send junk food every day. She has a full, healthy lunch. And this was Friday! Why not give her a special treat?”
The mom said her daughter’s lunch also included a sandwich and string cheese.
But Pearson didn’t understand why the school would rather have her daughter go hungry than eat some cookies.
And she said the teacher’s actions caused “outrage” when she posted about it on social media. The mom said:
“I just got a bunch of outrage from friends I hadn’t heard from in year.”
Pearson said she tried to contact school officials about the incident but was ignored. It’s unclear if the problem has since been worked out.
Watch Pearson’s interview with ABC 10 below: