April 11, 2017

Alberta Education bullies autistic boy for unhealthy snack choice

Sheila Gunn ReidRebel Host | The Gunn Show

A six year old autistic boy was removed from class at a Calgary Board of Education school to eat his snack of banana bread alone after, according to his mom, the teacher said it wasn’t healthy enough.

To her credit, the little boy’s mom says she’s refusing to back down on the principle of providing school snacks of her own choosing and will send her son to a new school after the Easter break.

Education Minister David Eggen had this to say:

“While it is important to ensure our students learn about healthy meal and snack choices, Alberta Education aims to ensure all students are safe, welcome and cared for while at school,”

Missing from Eggen’s statement was any condemnation of how this little boy was treated, choosing instead to serve up a big old bowl of word salad.

I thought Eggen stood firmly against bullying? And make no mistake, what happened here is bullying at least according to what’s on Alberta Education’s own website.

Bullying is a repeated and hostile or demeaning behaviour intended to cause harm, fear or distress, including psychological harm or harm to a person's reputation. It often involves an imbalance of social or physical power.

Alberta Education also describes bullying behaviours as “Grouping together with some individuals and intentionally leaving others out (e.g., isolating, shunning)”

Sticking a little boy in the hallway because his mom sent him a contraband baked snack she knows he will eat and that she probably baked herself is excluding him, isolating and shunning him.

It’s bullying by the education minister’s definition. These people make the rules, so would it kill them to live by the rules they make?

Besides, what’s worse? Homemade banana bread or making homemade banana bread one of the worst memories of your childhood, and maybe giving a kid who already faces some challenges at school an unhealthy relationship with food?

Maybe the education system should worry less about the granola bars we send to school with our kids and get the kids moving again by bringing back daily gym class - if this were really about kids health at all.

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commented 2017-04-12 17:16:59 -0400
We need to expose the teachers who are bullying young children about the food they are eating. We need to name them, and publicly shame them and their unions. As a 6-year old, I couldn’t imagine the terror they feel when being pressured by these bullies.
commented 2017-04-12 16:57:46 -0400
NO WORDS! You are right on Sheila…. it is beyond annoying! It may have been made with an alternative sugar or wholewheat flour….that is not even the point! His mothers baking and with love is…
Shaming and shunning is so so so frustrating….. Heart goes to mother and young man, and anyone else who hast to put up with these people and their ‘asinine’ behaviours and rulings! It is a challenge!
commented 2017-04-12 15:10:50 -0400
I suppose it’s probably because of the sugar in it that they did this, but still it is not the business of the teacher or the school to decide for the child.
commented 2017-04-12 13:08:51 -0400
Missing from Eggen’s statement was any condemnation the shape some of those Nasty Double Portion membership holders are in.
commented 2017-04-12 10:21:03 -0400
Same here Banana bread and the strap Calgary elementary school grade six.
Now I bet child protective services would be involved and law suits launched.
commented 2017-04-12 10:14:15 -0400
I don’t know what enrages and disgusts me more, the damage done to that child by those Marxist bullies, or the mealy-mouth tripe and BS they’re spewing in defense of their hypocritical and coercive jack-bootery against a child under their care!
Charge me with inciting violence if you will, but I think those parents in that community aught to beat the living crap out of all those teachers/administrators who were responsible for for this unconscionable attitude and behavior…send a message!
commented 2017-04-12 09:20:44 -0400
The Rebel should set up a hot line and track the occurrences of child abuse by teachers in our schools. I’ll bet there are many more bullying instances by teachers, that they keep from the public. My daughter was bullied by a few teachers in school, and when I tried to step in, they doubled down on bullying her. So every time they wanted a hand out for their party favours, I declined. They can party on their own dime!
commented 2017-04-12 08:17:07 -0400
Way to go SGR! Call out these bully hypocrites every chance you get!
commented 2017-04-12 01:04:37 -0400
Paul Maurice; I can’t count the number of times my hands stung so bad I couldn’t hold a pencil. I even had a pointer cracked over my head. Come to think of it, that’s probably what’s wrong with me. I should get money.
commented 2017-04-12 00:58:09 -0400
Banana bread? B.S. Bananas are good fot you, bread is good for you. Throw a few nuts in and I could work all day snacking on that stuff. Bully food snobs.
commented 2017-04-12 00:57:07 -0400
I guess the kid should have had a nice healthy cigarette like our premier.
commented 2017-04-12 00:56:23 -0400
Paul Maurice i got the strap one time in grade 4 for fighting as well. It is funny how the lefties will get all teary eyed over the res schools while they cheer on the same thing happening in modern schools because of the left.
commented 2017-04-11 22:58:41 -0400
I had similar run ins with authoritarian PC quackery in the Alberta public school system so we moved our son to a charter school where he flourished – tat was decades ago – this problem has metastasized..

these tales of abusive PC educrats is now epidemic in Alberta and with a change in government we must have a purging of cultural maxism from our schools – it does no good to defeats these degenerate leftist scum in the legislature when they are continuing to indoctrinate the next generation of voters in their vile intolerant authoritarianism
commented 2017-04-11 21:41:25 -0400
So injustice and bullying and the intimidation of children is not limited to the Residential Schools of aboriginal children.
Actually a lot of good came out of those Residential Schools (as well as unjust practices) , but we are not allowed to say that.
I was amazed when I read that some Indian students were strapped on the hand.
In grade three at Parkdale Elementary School in Hamilton, my teacher strapped me on both hands because I turned around to speak to another student. I also saw vicious strappings at Ballard Elementary School in Hamilton by red in the face angry teachers to students when I was in grades 7 and 8.
So such strappings were not restricted to aboriginal elementary schools.
commented 2017-04-11 21:34:51 -0400
Banana bread , BANANA BREAD ! , I am one of the best looking men on the face of this planet , I also have one of the most highly developed brains in the world ,and the reason is because my mom made lots of BANANA BREAD , and so did my friends moms
Most of my friends that I grew up with are good looking and smart , even the leftard ones , and it’s all because of BANANA BREAD

That uneducation minister has junk food crumbs and little burnt holes in his car seat covers from Mary Jane droppings
commented 2017-04-11 20:18:08 -0400
Fascism starts early in Alberta! But I guess it’s easy to prey on special needs students who are too young to fight back. Hats off to the child’s mother. No Food Nazis!
commented 2017-04-11 19:59:08 -0400
But the prevert Eggen is alright with teaching kids how to have sex vegetables. What a fool, running a ship of fools. This is why kids are so messed up now, they have the nanny state determining what parents are allowed to feed their kids.
commented 2017-04-11 19:05:43 -0400
Had a hectoring note sent home because my daughter took a ginger ale to school with her lunch. Teacher was told to mind her business or else.