Riley Pearson

A six year old boy has been excluded from his school for bringing in…..a bag of mini cheddars.

Riley Pearson’s parents were called to a meeting at Colnbrook Church of England primary school after teachers said that a bag of mini cheddars, violated their school’s policy on healthy eating.

The child’s parents, Nicola Mardle and Tom Pearson, were told in a letter that he was being excluded for four days, while a permanent exclusion was considered.

However, both Nicola and Tom said that their son eats perfectly healthily at home, with an abundance of fruit and vegetables, with just a couple of treats thrown in for good measure.

On the day that he was suspended, he had a sandwich, yoghurt, dairylea dunkers, and a packet of mini cheddars, with water to drink.

The school then issued the parents with an ultimatum: pay for school meals, or your child faces exclusion.

Due to their unwillingness to play along with the school’s new rules, the child was then excluded.

His mum, Nicola said: “We just do not see how they have the right to tell us what we can feed our son. If anything, Riley is underweight and could do with putting on a few pounds.

“Having a balanced diet also includes eating some carbohydrates, sugars and fats. It is not about excluding some foods, it is about getting the mix right,” she added.

In response to the outcry, headteacher Jeremy Meek, said; “We cannot talk about individual circumstances, but there is one family who are not prepared to support the policy.

“We are in discussions with them about how we move it forward. We have excluded (the pupil) for four days due to a lack of support for the policy.”

While healthy eating is a noble aim that should be encouraged, forcing parents to comply with arbitrary rules and policies is unlikely to gain favour among the public.

This is especially the case if a school uses mass-produced food that is cooked according to arbitrary government guidelines.

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