Parents Express Outrage Over Letter From School Board

Letter To The Editor

My husband and I were OUTRAGED when we received a letter in the mail from the Board of Education telling us that our son is Obese!!!

First of all I don't think that it is the school system's place to tell parents that their children are overweight. Second the letter said that I need to limit his time watching TV and playing video games and also to watch what he eats.....ok so my son plays Football, Baseball and Basketball year round, he's constantly on the go.

And as far as what he eats, don't even get me started..... School lunch menu - Pizza, French fries maybe even some corn to go with that and ice cream or cake, hey maybe even both if you bring extra $ (yeah carbs on top of carbs and a little sugar with that, that's a healthy diet. Good thing we tax payers pay Dietitians to tell us that.).

Since you do not know my son he is almost 10 years old 5 ft. tall and weighs 120 lbs.. Yes he is bigger than others but he is VERY active and healthy. If his doctor is not concerned than the local and Federal GOVERNMENT needs to mind their own business and use that $30 billion on something more important!!!!!!

My mother and father are both retired school teachers and they too were outraged by this, it is amazing to me how different school systems have become these days. It seems that even our schools are becoming commercialized, just look at the lovely approved 28 page "healthy snack" list on the website. Since when did ice cream bars, cookies and snack cakes become a healthy snack? I am beginning to understand why so many people home school their kids now.

Petrina Hill

EDITOR'S NOTE: To provide context to the above letter, the Cannon Courier requested, and received, a copy of the letter sent to the parents of some students. It follows: