Chicago schools are taking the American Nanny State to the next level - lunch despotism.
Fernando Dominguez cut the figure of a young revolutionary leader during a recent lunch period at his elementary school.
"Who thinks the lunch is not good enough?" the seventh-grader shouted to his lunch mates in Spanish and English.
Dozens of hands flew in the air and fellow students shouted along: "We should bring our own lunch! We should bring our own lunch! We should bring our own lunch!"
Fernando waved his hand over the crowd and asked a visiting reporter: "Do you see the situation?"
At his public school, Little Village Academy on Chicago's West Side, students are not allowed to pack lunches from home. Unless they have a medical excuse, they must eat the food served in the cafeteria.
That's right mom and dad, you are not fit to feed your own children. You suck. You probably don't even know how to tie your own shoes. So from now on, your kids will eat exclusively at the school cafeteria. Your benevolent government overlords know best.
It's for the children of course.
Principal Elsa Carmona said her intention is to protect students from their own unhealthful food choices.
"Nutrition wise, it is better for the children to eat at the school," Carmona said. "It's about the nutrition and the excellent quality food that they are able to serve (in the lunchroom). It's milk versus a Coke. But with allergies and any medical issue, of course, we would make an exception."
Well, at least one non-thinking parent is grateful for his new overlords.
"Some of the kids don't like the food they give at our school for lunch or breakfast," said Little Village parent Erica Martinez. "So it would be a good idea if they could bring their lunch so they could at least eat something."
"(My grandson) is really picky about what he eats," said Anna Torrez, who was picking up the boy from school. "I think they should be able to bring their lunch. Other schools let them. But at this school, they don't."
But parent Miguel Medina said he thinks the "no home lunch policy" is a good one. "The school food is very healthy," he said, "and when they bring the food from home, there is no control over the food."
Wow! The person who buys the food in his house, you know, the parent, has "no control over the food" his kid brings from home? WTF?
But, but ... It's for the children.
Any school that bans homemade lunches also puts more money in the pockets of the district’s food provider, Chartwells-Thompson. The federal government pays the district for each free or reduced-price lunch taken, and the caterer receives a set fee from the district per lunch.
Got that? The federal government stuffs the coffers of the school district who in turn lines the pockets of the catering company. Corporatism 101: Always follow the money.
Meanwhile, Detroit Child Protective Services kidnapped a child because her mother chose to see a new doctor. That's right, you guessed it! Her previous doctor just happened to be funded by federal grants. It makes you wonder, doesn't it?
How long will it be before the Chicago Food Despots start kidnapping children for eating the "wrong" foods?
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