The mother packed pringles in her 3-year-old's lunch which the school considered an 'unhealthy choice.'
Just when you thought bullying from peers was the only enemy your child had to face in school, many people are shedding light on how teachers are contributing to it. Some schools are taking kids’ snacks away or not allowing them to eat them if they consider the food to be 'unhealthy.' Parents are furious and they have every right to be.
Imagine you wake up hurriedly in the morning to pack lunch for your child, only for them to bring it back home with a note saying that their lunch box is too unhealthy for consumption. Recently, Megan Peavey, who goes by @peaveymegan on TikTok, has gone viral for calling out her son's school after they sent a note home that shamed her for packing Pringles.
The snarky message written on her 3-year-old's leftover “trash,” urged Peavey to stop sending him “unhealthy” snacks. In the video, which garnered over 570K views, Megan says she was at a loss for words when she received the note. “I sent my son to school with Pringles, which is a very age-appropriate snack for a 3-year-old,” she explained. “And this is what the school sent, ‘Please help us make healthy choices at school.’ They snack-shamed my 3-year-old. They snack-shamed me by writing that passive-aggressively on his trash.”
She went on to share that she contacted the school personally and tried to resolve the matter. She added: “At our house, we do not label things as ‘healthy’ and ‘unhealthy’ because that starts eating disorders."
The video soon went viral on TikTok, driving Peavey to post a follow-up video admitting that she had to delete the original video because she did not want her son to be "negatively affected" by it. However, she re-uploaded the clip soon after she heard back from the school. “So I dropped my son off at school today. I checked him in and I saw that the director was there, so I initiated the conversation," she shared.
Peavey claimed that the director called her the passive-aggressive one for continuing to send Pringles in his lunch after they sent the note home. She mentioned that when their son first enrolled in the school, they did ask parents to pack “healthy” foods for their children, but Peavey said Pringles did not come to her mind.
“I didn’t consider Pringles to be this unhealthy snack,” she explained. “I considered things like Cheetos, Doritos, Milky Way bars, things like that to be an unhealthy snack. So, I would, of course, pack like Pringles with a granola bar, yogurt, fruit, and all that kind of stuff. So I didn’t think it was applicable to me. I didn’t think that those messages applied.”
Peavey added that the school did not apologize for the note and instead, they further escalated the situation. She reflected on how the situation got out of her control, leading to her 3-year-old leaving the school after school officials removed him from their summer spot. Despite the drama, the mom knows she is doing the right thing for her son and his relationship with food.
“We don’t put weight on food in this house. If my kids want a cookie for breakfast, it’s OK, great and nine out of 10 times, they don’t even eat the cookie, but they will focus on that if you say ‘no.’ We don’t say, ‘This is healthy, this is unhealthy,’” she explained. "We don’t want them programmed like that. I have a background in mental health counseling. I am not going to let my kids get a freaking eating disorder because of a school labeling things as ‘healthy’ and ‘unhealthy.’ That, to me, is unhealthy."