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Blogger slammed her son’s primary school teacher after learning he was told he couldn’t have his ‘unhealthy’ chocolate milk during recess.

Constance Hall claims a teacher ‘lunchbox shamed’ her and told her five-year-old son Arlo he had to wait until lunchtime to consume his dairy snack, reports Daily Mail.

‘He said, ‘Oh I wish you didn’t get me the choc milk, the teachers don’t let me have it. They make me have it at lunchtime because they don’t think it’s healthy enough for recess’,’ Constance explained on her radio show The Queen Sesh.

‘So I said to the teacher, really? The options are that or juice and because he can’t have any bread or anything substantial I give him the milk to line his tummy a bit because he’s probably hungry.’

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According to Constance, her frustration reached breaking point when she realised her son had been forced to wait until lunchtime to have his chocolate milk every day for three months.

‘There are people like me who work full time and have six children that just sort of need things to go smoothly,’ she said on the air.

‘There’s other mothers who can’t even afford to do lunch orders and then for them to get shamed about what they’re giving their kid for recess, I just don’t like it. I don’t like the whole thing. It feels icky to me.’

As an often ‘frazzled’ mother, Constance says she might have reacted badly to the shaming if she was not a ‘confident’ woman.

She also warned other mothers with less time, money or freedom may not be able to handle the humiliation of being told how to appropriately feed their children.

‘When I was at my lowest and I couldn’t even afford to do lunch orders and I had twin babies, newborn babies, I was living on my own, and I couldn’t even get to the supermarket,’ Constance said.

‘Imagine if someone turned around and said to me, ‘Yeah your son’s not allowed to have choc milk at recess because it’s not healthy enough.’ I would have burst into tears and gone straight to my psychologist and hyperventilated the whole way there.’

But despite her anger, Constance admits she stopped herself from angrily emailing the school’s principal about the awkward ordeal, worrying it might have been ‘petty’.

‘Power to the people! Let them drink milk!’ the mother-turned-radio-host added.

Do you think milk should be classed as an “unhealthy” lunchbox item?

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  • I am grateful we are at a school that provides advice as to what to pack but never shames us because of our choices.

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  • I have a couple of questions :
    why did the school not contact her about this ? seriously it went on for 3 mths!
    and what is the difference from recess to lunch …if the school thought that the choc milk was unhealthy, what does drinking it later achieve?
    Life at school now a days is sooo different to when I was a youngster.. I remember fondly ordering a meat pie for lunch and a chocolate biscuit..and in high school buying a packet of chips to put on my vegemite sandwich.

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  • Surely its up to the parents what a child eats…

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  • The teacher should have allowed chocolate milk if that was all the child had for recess. Personally I think the school PC police go way too far at times. It wasn’t as if what the child had would give some one an anaphylactic turn or something.

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  • Why can’t he have just plain milk? Seems like Constance was out of the spotlight for a minute and needed something to carry on about to get back in. Wish she would just shut up and go away.

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  • Personally I would prefer plain milk or Jalna yoghurt and wouldn’t dream about buying my kids chocolate milk for in their lunchbox (I do make them chocolate milk from raw chocolate powder at home). However I have 2 short term foster children who don’t drink milk or eat yoghurt. To get some milk source in them I give them chocolate milk in the lunchbox as well !

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  • Flavoured milk drinks have more sugar than you’d expect. You can buy straight milk in the same lunchbox-friendly size, in the supermarket.

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  • wow I wonder if Constance might have been the target rather than the chocolate milk! – I bet the chocolate milk is much healthier than some of the components of other children’s lunch boxes. It’s a shame that the school didn’t think to advise her 3mths ago when they first started taking it off her son, I am sure she would have adjusted her choice or discussed it further with the school right there and then – poor form on the school I think – I’m sure Constance will find away to remind them of this pettiness!

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  • I rather suspect the chocolate might have been the issue. Why not just give him plain milk? That’s healthier.

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  • I don’t think it is unhealthy compared to soft drink!

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  • Don’t know if I believe this story.

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  • I don’t think chocolate milk is healthy, but the issue should have been raised 3 months ago, and the mother spoken to.

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  • recess or lunchtime, it has the same level of healthiness, this was just a teacher on a power trip in my opinion

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  • I think not! If it was so unhealthy, why would they sell it in school canteens???

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