Friday, August 16, 2013

It's Not Just Massachusetts...

#1 Blogdaughter sends in this story. Please note where it comes from - i.e. not MA or anywhere else in the liberal northeast...

Why Did a Tennessee Grade School Ban Pork?
A Tennessee elementary school banned students from eating ham sandwiches, BLT’s and anything else made with pork, but eventually lifted the ban after parents complained.

Third grade teachers at Sunset Elementary School in Brentwood, Tenn. sent home an “Approved Snack List” for the school year and it specifically banned anything that comes from a pig. “No meats containing pork,” read the memorandum. “Starting Monday, August 12, 2013 your child must provide their own snack from the above approved snack list.”
"Approved snack list". Sure sounds like something you'd hear coming out of Massachusetts, doesn't it? I mean, we do have the "Approved Firearms Roster", so you know our nannies love to only let you have "approved" things.

But no, this is down in Tennessee, voted one of the top five free states. And yet they're caving to the pressure of a very vocal, very minor minority - just like their northern brethren. Now, the school did rescind the ban on pork products after only one day, so there is that much of an improvement over the lily liberal northeast, but the fact remains that they tried it in the first place.

It's hard to imagine the rationale behind a "pork-free" school. One of my son's favorite lunches is a ham and cheese sandwich - verboten under the regulations. Why pork? It's easy to understand peanuts, as peanut allergies can be quite serious and severe - even as much as sitting next to someone eating peanut butter can trigger a reaction in a severely allergic person. But a pork allergy? I just don't see it.

Stay vigilant - the PC idiots will not rest, and we need to keep an eye on their foolishness no matter where we are...

That is all.


Anonymous said...

I wonder: Was this really some kind of political correctness attempt or some imagined health issue?

The latter would feel even worse: Some benevolent idiots trying to enforce a health guide that is probably 30 years outdated (I have to guess, I would not know of any newer objections to eating pork than that old misunderstanding how the purine cycle and cholesterol work).

The former would have been great, because as Discordian, I would then required them to respect the third commandment of the Pentabarf, which explicitly states: "A Discordian is Required during his early Illumination to Go Off Alone & Partake Joyously of a Hot Dog on a Friday; this Devotive Ceremony to Remonstrate against the popular Paganisms of the Day: of Catholic Christendom (no meat on Friday), of Judaism (no meat of Pork), of Hindic Peoples (no meat of Beef), of Buddhists (no meat of animal), and of Discordians (no Hot Dog Buns)."

Anonymous said...

Or, is it because it is unclean in the Jewish and Muslim religion

Dirk said...

I guarantee there'd be some major fallout if they tried that here in Georgia, too.

Armed Texan said...

If it wasn't pork it would be something else. Too many petty tyrants go into education these days.

For example, at my children's former elementary in NH last year, I brought lunch one day for their birthday. As part of that lunch, I brought a few soda drinks for my kids because they so rarely have them and I was bringing lunch as a treat. Some nasty old crone walked up to where I was seated and told me that sodas are not allowed at lunch because other children will want one. I just looked at her and took a swig of one of my children's sodas (I was drinking a seltzer myself) and then she said, "We'll allow it this time but don't do it again," as if I was in kindergarten or something. Two weeks later, I took my children lunch again and brought sodas again. She gave me the stink eye the whole time we ate.

Pork just happened to have convenient victim. It might even have been innocent. I'll bet a Muslim family moved into the area and the family asked if the school lunches would have non-pork options for their children. Then some administrator took that and decided that the whole school should be pork free.

As for peanuts, very, very few people have an actual life-threatening reaction to peanuts. Most people who claim to have a peanut allergy either have a mild reaction to ingesting peanuts or are just hypochondriacs. And now everyone's precious snowflake has some allergy to peanuts, fish, eggs, milk, wheat flour, strawberries, tree nuts, fructose, sugar, or hard work. I have empathy for those who truly do have severe allergies to some of these things, but I think it is incumbent upon them to a) receive an actual medical diagnosis based on actual tests from an allergy specialist and b) bring said diagnosis to the school to prove the allergy is real and what level of exposure is acceptable. Then, and only then, should the school make *reasonable* accommodations to protect the health of the child.

Jake (formerly Riposte3) said...

@ Armed Texan: And c) Make sure their snowflake has a prescribed epi-pen available at all times and that the school staff and the snowflake are trained in it's proper use. And none of this "ZOMG it's a drug, the school nurse is the only one who can touch it!1111eleventy11!!!!" BS, either. Because no matter what accommodations the school makes, someone will eventually bring the allergen in.

Armed Texan said...


Great point. The fact that snowflake does not carry an epi-pen exposes the Munchausen by proxy. It's the dog that didn't bark, much like the fact that if electronics were ZOMG dangerous at take-off and landing then they would confiscate them at security checkpoints before you got anywhere near a plane.

wizardpc said...

So, I'm sitting about 4 miles from this school right now.

I highly doubt there was any political correctness going on here. As someone who has had some really wierd life-threatening food allergies (for three years I was suddenly having anaphylactic reactions to garlic, among other things), I can tell you that pork allergies exist.

Because my allergist said I might become allergic to bacon, and I told them to just pull the plug in that case :D

But yeah, if your kid might die if they eat someone else's snack, 1) teach them not to do that and 2) get an epipen that lives at school.

Cormac said...

Hail Eris!