(WRIC) — A Colorado mom claims a teacher at her child’s preschool refused to let the little girl eat a part of her lunch because it wasn’t nutritious enough.
Leez Pearson, of Aurora, Colorado, is upset that her daughter, 4-year-old Natalee, wasn’t allowed to finish her Oreos last Friday at lunch, according to ABC affiliate KMGH-TV.
‘She said, ‘Mommy, I wasn’t able to eat my cookies,'” said Leeza Pearson. “I don’t agree with it at all.”
On Friday, Pearson packed her 5-year-old a ham and cheese sandwich, string cheese and a four Oreos. Pearson’s daughter came back home from Children’s Academy, a private preschool program through Aurora Public Schools (APS), with the Oreos and a note from her teacher, which read, in part:
“Dear Parents, it is very important that all students have a nutritious lunch. This is a public school setting and all children are required to have a fruit, a vegetable and a heavy snack from home, along with a milk. If they have potatoes, the child will also need bread to go along with it. Lunchables, chips, fruit snacks, and peanut butter are not considered to be a healthy snack. This is a very important part of our program and we need everyone’s participation.”
The child said that her teacher didn’t let her eat the cookies because they didn’t have enough nutritional value.
Natalee has attended the school since last fall. The mother said she just doesn’t agree with the school’s position and couldn’t get an explanation from the school’s director.
“She would not talk to us.”
A spokeswoman with Aurora Public Schools did say the school gave Natalee a healthy alternative to the cookies. They also said it’s not typical for notes like this to go home to parents.
‘They don’t provide lunch for my daughter. I provide lunch,’ said Leeza Pearson. ‘It’s between me and the doctor in terms of what’s healthy for her.’