Birthday cakes have been banned by a school in Lancashire because teachers do not have the time to check whether they are suitable for pupils with allergies.
Karen McCarter, head at Norbreck primary academy in Blackpool, told parents she “hates to be a killjoy” but due to “modern society” she could not risk giving children something they might be allergic to.
And if she’d left it there, I might have sympathised (while also noting that they always seem to be able to find time for green issues and other politically correct nonsense).
But no, she has to gild the lily. With an industrial-sized paint-sprayer:
The head wrote: “As we are not able to account for the ingredients, we could unknowingly give a product to a child which they are allergic to.
“Even if we had a list of ingredients, in a busy school day it is too much to expect teachers to read it and decide who can and cannot eat the product.
“Sharing cake for a birthday is a lovely thing to do. However, all children are made to feel special when it’s their birthday and the teachers ensure all birthdays are remembered and celebrated.
“Cake is something to share outside of school with family or with friends at a party.”
McCarter said 10 of the school’s approximate 610 pupils had allergies and felt left out, and she said it was impossible to tell if kitchens at home were hygienic, adding that cake also went against the school’s healthy eating initiatives.
She said the decision to ban the treats from classrooms came after seeing teachers struggle to cut enough slices for a class of 30 people, as well as clean up the mess left behind.
Well, which is it?! Is it ‘elf n’ safety, the ‘all must have prizes!’ nonsense, the obesity bollocks, or your teachers’ inability to count to 30..?
The school has previously banned glass bottles, aluminium cans and cash, but McCarter denied being overprotective of the children.
She said: “We are not a school that makes decisions that overprotect children, we are a school that makes sensible decisions to keep children safe.
“I am certain parents would not want their children to attend a school where glass bottles and cans are on site.”
I’m certain parents would say ‘Just get on with teaching them their ABCs and how to count, not fretting about everyday objects’ actually…
Councillor Tony Williams said: “To be left out because you are allergic is a little bit cruel. I understand why the school is doing this because it’s very difficult to take cake to school to share and leave children feeling left out. “
It’s not ‘cruel’ to be left out because you’re allergic, it’s a fact of life!