13-year-old given detention for sharing lunch with friend

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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.

13-year-old Kyle Bradford told CNN that he would share his lunch again if a friend asked. (Photo: KRCR)

13-year-old Kyle Bradford told CNN that he would share his lunch again if a friend asked. (Photo: KRCR)

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.



  • Denise Thompson

    I understand the schools position, but once the full story was told, the other kid had no allergic reaction, no harm ,I think based on everything this boy should not have been suspended.

  • tracy.b

    schools way out of line…..the sandwich/barrito wasnt from his mouth, looks like hes being punished for being kind!! well done little guy ide have done that as well……

  • Samantha

    I think by the time kids are in 8th grade they know if they have an allergy. This is like the 3rd story I’ve read like this. Shameful

  • Michelle

    This is the stupidest thing I ever heard. i guess Idiocracy really is our retard government’s Marxist goal. Marx never had a job in his life and no education, a free loading piece of crap. That’s garbage, so is public indoctrination to be a titster.

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