After a mother from Tucson, Arizona, heard that her daughter had eaten pork for lunch, she began to threaten the school with a lawsuit. However, she never anticipated the school’s brutal reply, and now, she’s even more furious.
The Muslim woman, who has only been identified as Nancy, has a daughter who is a second grader at Holaway Elementary School in Tucson. When school started in September, Nancy claims that she had gotten a doctor’s note to excuse her daughter from eating any pork, requiring the school to provide an alternative option for her daughter if pork is being served. However, Nancy was furious to find out that her daughter was served a bacon cheeseburger.
“I want my religion to matter to you guys. My daughter shouldn’t have to go to school and be fearful of what’s she’s eating,” Nancy said, according to Tucson News Now. “The lunch lady was like, ‘No, too bad. Just pick it off.’ Picking it off doesn’t work because it’s in the hamburger.”
The outraged Muslim mother then took her concerns to the principal. “The principal had said because she didn’t wear the traditional clothes and because she’s just a white girl that was going there she didn’t fit that normal stereotype of being Muslim,” Nancy recalled. “So it wasn’t obvious for them to follow the guidelines for her.”
Although she let it go, her anger was reignited when her daughter came home with a cereal bar from the school that contained gelatin, a byproduct of pork. It was then that she began making threats, explaining that if the school continues to ignore her daughter’s religion, she may file a civil lawsuit.
However, the school district fired back with a brutal response to the Muslim’s threats, releasing the following statement:
Even though the district is not required to accommodate special dietary needs based solely on religious purposes, our district nutritionist and food services staff plan menus that are compliant and meet the various nutritional guidelines, as well as include food options that are the best fit for the food preferences of the school. We encourage families with children with any special dietary needs to make sure they are educating their children about what to look for so they know what is acceptable and what they should avoid. Our menus are always posted online and you can request the ingredient list for any food item you are unsure about. In situations where there are special food requirements or restrictions, we encourage you to meet with our district nutritionist to discuss the best options for your family. The best way to ensure a meal meets any special dietary needs is to send a meal from home that you have prepared. Every child is different and we do our best to ensure a healthy, accommodating environment for all of our students. [Source: Down Trend]
To put it simply, take responsibility for yourself. If your child has a “special dietary need,” educate the child or send a meal from home. The school also offers a lunch menu to parents, giving them the opportunity to provide an alternative for their child, should the lunch options not meet the child’s needs or desires.
Basically, if you have a problem with what your child is eating at school, save everyone the headache and simply pack your child’s lunch. Thankfully, this school is publicly standing their ground and fight back against unreasonable demands. If you want your child to have special treatment, you can go through the hassle of providing it, not expect others to cave to your every request.
Some immigrants have this notion that our country needs to adhere to their unrealistic demands, but that is not the case. Many have chosen to migrate here, allegedly for a better life, which means once they get here, they need to assimilate into our culture, not demand our culture change to suit them. If that means packing your child’s lunch to ensure they aren’t accidentally served pork at school, then so be it. If you have a problem with it, then go live in a Middle Eastern country that adheres to Sharia law, then tell me how you like it.