It’s not often parents can be proud of their children for getting detention, but Sandy Bradford has every reason to praise her son Kyle for the actions that landed him in the kid-slammer at school.
Kyle, a 13-year-old student at Weaverville Elementary School gave his chicken burrito to a friend who did not appear to be able to afford a full meal, and did not like the cheese sandwich given to him by the school. Bradford says he was not hungry at the time, so he gave the food to his hungry friend rather than waste it by throwing it out.
“It seemed like he couldn’t get a normal lunch so I just wanted to give mine to him because I wasn’t really that hungry and it was just going to go in the garbage if I didn’t eat it,” said Bradford.
However, the school saw his gesture of kindness as something that needed to be stamped out pronto! Citing a district policy that prohibits students from sharing meals –including, apparently, meals provided by the school — the school gave Bradford detention.
“We have a policy that prohibits students from exchanging meals,” said Superintendent Tom Barnett. “Of course if students are concerned about other students not having enough to eat we would definitely want to consider that, but because of safety and liability we cannot allow students to actually exchange meals.”
Despite the school administration’s apparent inability to exercise some modicum of judgment in punishing an 8th grade child for showing compassion for someone in need, Kyle’s mother believes her son did the right thing. She says that her son is being punished for his “good manners.”
“By all means the school can teach them math and the arithmetic and physical education, but when it comes to morals and manners and compassion, I believe it needs to start at home with the parent,” said Sandy Bradford.
Kyle Bradford says he will definitely do it again.