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Big Brother is Watching You Snarf Those Fries During School Lunch

Big brother is watching you eat lunch. Credit: Getty Images
Big Brother is watching you. And he's saying, "Whoa, fat boy! Lay off the barbecue chips!"
In an effort to raise a new generation of crazy Texans who wear tinfoil hats and...
Watch what you eat, kids. Those surveillance cameras certainly are.

Cafeteria Worker Charged, Teen Suspended After Food Fight

A 13-year-old who didn't want to eat her veggies sparked a fight in the school cafeteria. Credit: Seth Lemmons, Flickr
Food fights sure have changed. A 13-year-old girl who threw vegetables in a cafeteria worker's face sparked a fist-fight...

School Lunch Should Be a Dining Experience

A few months into the first grade, I realized that my kid was having a problem at school. Lunch. Every morning I would fill Ellie's lunch box up -- and every afternoon I would find it almost completely untouched. She might drink the juice, but that...

School Lunch Mooches Cut Off

Remember Wimpy, the cartoon character perhaps best known for his long running scam, "I'd gladly pay you Tuesday for a hamburger today"? It seems the spirit of Wimpy is alive and well in Steamboat Springs, Colorado where the school district is owed...

Secrets of a healthy lunch

We're pretty new to the lunch packing thing at our house, just having survived our first week of kindergarten. But so far, my five-year-old eats her whole grain sandwich, her side of fresh fruits or veggies, and brings home the very small treat I've...

Finish your Milk

I had a parent ask me for some advice about a situation at her daughter's school. The girl, a kindergartener, eats lunch in the cafeteria most days, where she gets the same amount of food and milk as kids twice her age. While she likes milk and is...

What's for lunch?

In less than a week, Jared will start kindergarten. When he was in preschool, snack was provided (by a different parent each day) and he had lunch either before or after school. Now, however, he'll be in school for most of the day and will not only...

When daycare goes bad

Back in January we switched Nate out of a home-based caregiver situation (one caregiver to five kids) to a larger preschool setting. Initially we were quite pleased with the new daycare/preschool. Nate seemed to be doing better with more kids around,...

Cheese Sandwhich of Shame for kids of deadbeat parents

"Pay up, or the kid gets the Cheese Sandwich of Shame!" That, in no uncertain terms, is the message that Chula Vista Elementary School is sending to parents who don't pay for their kids' school lunches. Instead of pizza, burgers, or macaroni,...

Food fight, or "mini-riot?"

Some places have problems with gang violence, others underground "fight clubs" in locker rooms and back alleys, but in Quebec, when their young people organize a rebellion, they turn to food. The Canadian province has seen 5 food fights since the...

Naked student interrupts lunch, is zapped with stun gun

When you were in high school, didn't you always think it'd be kick ass to get naked, grease yourself up (so you wouldn't get caught) and run around the cafeteria screaming and flailing your arms? No? Come on! It'd be totally awesome! At least that's...

Man repays debt for ice cream he stole -- 35 years ago

Thirty-five years ago, someone stole some ice cream from the Lincoln Middle School cafeteria in LaCrosse, Wisconsin. The culprits were never caught and, to this day, remain unknown. And yet, the debt has been repaid. Feeling guilty for all these...

Imitation Fries hit the menu in Arizona schools

French fries are too greasy. Freedom fries have the same problem on top of being rather idiotic. Now there are fake fries. Arizona schools, faced with a strict law banning junk food and soda during the school day, have come up with a lower-calorie,...

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