Little Girl's Teacher Sends Home A Note Demanding Dad Sign - His Response: Request Declined
LifeAspire Staff 9/7/2016
When Dr. Justin Puckett of Missouri got his daughter Alia ready for school one morning, he never expected to be shamed for their choices.
The father-daughter duo packed Alia's lunch for the school day, which consisted of healthy sources of protein, including meat and string cheese. It contained a pickle that subbed as a vegetable and a sweet bite of chocolate along with marshmallows.
The physician and medical director of Complete Family Medicine clinic in Kirksville encourages all four of his kids to eat healthy. They especially pack healthier cold lunches for school that helps fuel them through the afternoon. So imagine his surprise when his daughter brought home a note from her substitute teacher at Kirksville Primary School that indicated otherwise.
The note was written by a substitute teacher for the day that addressed the doctor and his wife, Kylene, expressing her concern about Alia's lunch. She declared the lunch unfit and told them to "see that she packs a proper lunch tomorrow." What really irked the Pucketts was what they read at the end of the note that they felt was belittling.
Dr. and Mrs. Puckett: The cafeteria reported to me that Alia's lunch today included 4 chocolate bars, a bag of marshmallows, Ritz crackers and a pickle. Please see that she packs a proper lunch tomorrow. --N. Krueger, sub for Lechner
The substitute teacher had drawn a line where the Pucketts were supposed to sign, acknowledging that they had sent an inappropriate lunch for Alia. The parents were flabbergasted. So Justin sent the note back with two simple words: request denied.
Justin also pointed out that the substitute teacher had the contents of his daughter's lunch incorrect. He knew exactly what was in it, because they had packed it together, making food choices he felt were fine from both a dad's and a doctor's point of view.
After posting the note written on child-like orange paper to his Facebook page, the plight of the unhealthy cold lunch drew attention from others. The Pucketts were contacted by the school principal, who apologized for the note. The school's superintendent did, too.
Big brother..........At least get your facts straight before intruding. I was aware of her lunch contents. Four pieces of ham, low fat string cheese, pickles, 4 marshmallows, and a small piece of dark chocolate (she did have 2 extra pieces, one for her brother and another for a friend who we know well and her parents are ok with this). There were no crackers. Sure, I'd liked her to pack a few more veggies and maybe a piece of fruit, but we compromise on pickles occasionally. How would you respond to this note?
But even after being given apologies, Justin said he still felt slighted, that the substitute teacher felt he wasn't being a good parent, which he says is his No. 1 job. Do you think you think the teacher had the right to send him a letter?
Source: Daily Mail