WEAVERVILLE, Calif. (PIX11) — A 13-year-old Northern California student was allegedly put in detention for sharing his lunch with a classmate.
Eighth grader Kyle Bradford gave a piece of his chicken burrito to a friend on Tuesday because he didn’t like the cheese sandwich the cafeteria was serving that day.
“It seemed like he couldn’t get one, a normal lunch, so I just wanted to give mine to him because I really wasn’t that hungry. It was just going to go in the garbage if I didn’t eat it,” Bradford told CNN.
Bradford’s mother said he should not have been punished, but he received detention anyway.
“By all means the school can teach them math and the arithmetic and physical education, but when it comes to morals and manners and compassion, I believe it needs to start at home with the parent,” Sandy Bradford told KRCR-TV.
The Trinity Alps Unified School District, which includes Weaverville Elementary School, implemented a policy that prohibits students from exchanging meals in an effort to avoid issues with allergies.
“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,” district Superintendent Tom Barnett told CNN.
Bradford told CNN that he would share his lunch again if a friend asked him to.