Child told she can't eat candy at school

1:40 PM, Oct 18, 2013   |    comments
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EPPING, N.H. -- A 4-year-old was told she was not allowed to eat the candy her mother packed in her lunch.

Michelle Kelly packed candy corn for her daughter as a treat to celebrate Halloween. But the teacher reportedly told the child she couldn't eat it.

Kelly said she noticed that her daughter came home with the snack two days in a row and was confused because Sarah likes candy corn.

"They said, 'No candy allowed at school.' When I came home I said 'Mom, I'm not allowed to have candy at my school,'" said 4-year-old Sarah Kelly.

"I'm the mother. I should get to put in her lunch what I choose to put in her lunch," said Kelly.

School officials say its policy of encouraging healthy snacks such as fruits and vegetables may have been confused.

Superintendent Barbara Munsey said, "The policy does not mandate what parents may send in for students' snacks and meals."

School leaders say Sarah had two snacks, and the teacher chose the healthier one.  They said students are never denied a snack.

"I'll have to pack something different next time," Sarah said.

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