A California 13-year-old received detention recently after sharing his lunch with a hungry student.
Kyle Bradford is an eighth grader at Weaverville Elementary School (the school is k-8) in California. Last week, he shared his chicken burrito with a fellow student who did not like his cheese sandwich, reports local outlet KRCR-TV. However, doing so landed him in detention, as rules posted on the school’s website hold that students should “keep all food to yourself – NO SHARING.”
“I just wanted to give mine to him because I wasn’t really that hungry and it was just going to go in the garbage if I didn’t eat it,” Bradford told the outlet.
However, according to the outlet, the district bans students from sharing lunch in order to make sure that students with allergies are not exposed to threatening foods. Superintendent of Trinity Alps Unified School District Tom Barnett told the outlet that, “Of course if students are concerned about other students not having enough to eat we would definitely want to consider that, but because of safety and liability we cannot allow students to actually exchange meals.”
The district did not respond to The Huffington Post’s requests for comments by press time.
On Twitter, users have condemned the district for its policy –- which some said punished a child for his generosity. Others say the child should have followed the school’s rules.
Over on The Stir, Michele Zipp noted that the detention punishment seemed excessive.
“Our little Robin Hood of the cafeteria doesn’t deserve to be punished for being kind, for having a heart. That isn’t what we should teach our kids,” she wrote.