Parents of Brooks Elementary School students received that dandy announcement via letter and school principal Julie Raschen had this to day regarding the decision:
“When parents have brought in goodies for birthdays, oftentimes these children are not included in the snack because of dietary restrictions and have felt left out. Parents can still send in treats for their child’s birthday, we just ask that they not be food items.”
What kind of treats might those be, one wonders.
But it's not just the actual allergies that concerns Raschen, it's the unfairness of it all.
“Although our first priority above all else is the safety of our students, we are also trying to create an environment in which all students feel included and not singled out. So both safety and a positive environment for all students were the reasons for this change.”
Well life isn't fair. The sooner they learn that the better.
Though I don't have kids, many of my vegetarian friends did, and what they would do was bring goodies to those kinds of events so their children could enjoy a little treat. Why can't the parents of the children with allergies do the same thing. If you're child can't eat gluten send him to school with a gluten-free cupcake. Why make everyone suffer.
Apparently, it will only apply to birthday parties and not to other holiday festivities.
Source: Daily Caller