Pork pie and shandy or Mon­ster Munch and Red Bull...teach­ers on kids’ lunch­box hor­rors

Sunday Mirror (Northern Ireland) - - Saira Khan - EX­CLU­SIVE BY PHIL CARDY

TEACH­ERS are shar­ing the worst packed lunches pupils have brought in so far this term – and the con­tents are hard to swal­low.

One pri­mary school pupil brought in a pork pie and a can of shandy. He made the lunch him­self be­cause “that’s all there was in the fridge” he told the teacher in Hal­i­fax, West Yorks.

Another was sent in with a can of Red Bull and a bag of Mon­ster Munch corn snacks.

A teacher in Leeds said a child ar­rived with a packet of ginger bis­cuits ex­plain­ing mum had been “too tired” to go to the shops.

She also ques­tioned the mother of a pupil with a can of Red Bull and was told: “He’d had a late night on his Xbox and seemed like he needed a pick-me-up.” A child at a school in Birm­ing­ham was sent to school with a Happy Meal box with a cold McDon­ald’s burger and fries. Their gran ex­plained it had been bought the day be­fore but the pupil hadn’t wanted it so it was a “shame for it go to waste.”

In Manch­ester a teacher found an eightyear-old lad had grabbed a can of dark fruits cider think­ing it was a soft drink.

A child with no packed lunch or cash for a meal said he’d had ce­real with wa­ter on it for break­fast be­cause “mum needed the milk for her cof­fee.”

The teacher – one of dozens shar­ing sto­ries on Face­book – said: “I’m not ashamed to say I cried when he told me that.”

Staff in pri­mary schools mon­i­tor packed lunches.

Un­healthy or un­suit­able items can be con­fis­cated and handed to par­ents at the end of class – in­stead chil­dren get a free school meal worth around £2.20.

The NHS’s Change4Life healthy eat­ing cam­paign ad­vises par­ents mak­ing packed lunches to in­clude a healthy sand­wich or wrap, a piece of fruit, a treat like a jelly or malt loaf and a bot­tle of wa­ter or sugar-free drink. And they are ad­vised to re­place crisps, choco­late and bis­cuits with home­made plain pop­corn, plain rice cake, or fruited tea­cakes.

PIE ANX­I­ETY Kid with pork treat and can of shandy (posed by model)FUELLISH Pupil’s en­ergy drink and Mon­ster Munch BOOZY LUNCH Pupil, eight, thought cider was soft drinkOLD MCDON­ALD’S Lad had cold Happy Meal bought the day ear­lier

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