13-Year-Old Gets Punished at School With Detention for Sharing His Lunch With His Friend

by Sierra Marlee | September 20, 2014 3:59 pm

Just when you thought that the education system couldn’t be any more ridiculous, there’s this story. In an effort to prevent lawsuits, Trinity Alps Unified School District has instituted a policy that states that no student can share their lunch with another student. Apparently this policy is so strict that when Kyle Bradford, 13, gave a friend his uneaten lunch, he was given detention.


Kyle Bradford went through the lunch line at Weaverville Elementary School in Weaverville, California, on Tuesday. He got a Chicken burrito. The only problem was he wasn’t particularly hungry. When he got to his table, he saw a friend who had received a cheese sandwich.

That’s when Bradford was faced with a choice: throw away his burrito, or give it to a friend who wasn’t excited about his sandwich. He chose the latter, and that’s when he was slapped with detention.

The school went about this in the wrong way. To punish a young man for doing a good deed simply because the school is afraid that a student might be allergic to something is absurd. The child should be aware what he or she is allergic to, and eat accordingly; it is the school’s job to provide options, not regulate sharing of food among students.

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