Once again, teachers are taking it upon themselves to confiscate children’s lunches. They are taking away snacks and lunches that they feel is unhealthy. There is no official ban on certain foods, yet these teachers seem to feel that they can deem the food unhealthy. There are also children who have allergies and by removing the food it may cause them to become ill. It is actually more unhealthy for a child not to eat. They need a certain amount of calories and carbohydrates and for their energy. Obviously, they have sports and recess which means they need to refuel their bodies. Many children have nut allergies and their parents prepare homemade food that they feel is healthy and that they are willing to eat. As everyone knows, children can be picky eaters. Combine this with allergies, many parents do their best to give their children healthy lunches that they know they will consume. A school in Durham, Ontario, Canada, that does not have an official policy about snacks and lunches, has teachers deciding that granola bars, string cheese, jello, juice boxes, raisins, plus several other snacks are unacceptable. What amazes me is that these teachers have no authority to confiscate the food. There is also no mention as to what happens to the food once it is taken. What makes these teachers experts in nutrition? They certainly do not have a degree in that field and they do not know the ramifications of possibly special diets that parents adhere to in order to make sure their children are healthy and eating. Apparently, some teachers have actually made a list of what they consider healthy snacks and lunches. Again, they are not qualified in that area and shouldn’t be dictating children’s eating habits. There are children who, because of their blood type, or possibly a health condition, require carbohydrates. A Type I diabetic child can easily go into a low blood sugar and the answer to bringing their sugar level to normal is sugar. The teachers appear to be overstepping their authority and the parents need to be allowed to feed their children food that is good for them and that they will eat. In the Good Gus series no lunches were confiscated by Miss Patty. The series is available exclusively on Kindle worldwide. “Misplaced Trust” is an ideal read if you are angered by your child’s confiscation of his or her lunches or snacks. It is available on 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd and Tolino.