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School Uses Cheese Sandwiches As Punishment

30/03/2011 13:19 | Updated 22 May 2015

As UK schools get back to business after the long Easter break, here's hoping that pupils will start the school term on their best behaviour. Because if they don't, they could be facing punishments including detention, writing lines and...er...cheese sandwiches.

You heard it right, a school has decided that serving cheese sandwiches is an appropriate way to punish wrong-doers.

The Press of Atlantic City reports that staff at Atlantic City High School in New Jersey, USA served a limited lunchtime menu of bread and cheese only for two days, after students staged a food fight co-ordinated using mobile phones.

School Superintendent Frederick Nickles explains: "It's been the policy of the school board for many years that if there is a food-throwing incident, what occurs is we will supply the basic food requirement. It's been effective over the years."

However, one parent was so angered by this punishment that she snatched a cheese sandwich from the cafeteria to use as evidence when confronting school officials.

Mother Bridgitte Reid described the lunch as a "prison meal", and was particularly upset because she claims her daughter did not take part in the food fight that caused the punishment. She says: "Why should my student be forced to eat this?There's nothing on this. No mayo, no nothing. It's disgusting."

Superintendent Nickles added that students are welcome to bring a lunch from home. He adds that it is "unfortunate" that some students who did not participate in the food fight were subject to the bread and cheese menu.

What do you think of this? Is it an appropriate punishment for children after a food fight? Should food ever be used to make a point? Would it have been better if there was mayo? Leave a comment below

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