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School punishes student for sharing lunch with hungry classmate: ‘It was just going to go in the garbage if I didn’t eat it’

Posted at 8:16 AM, Sep 19, 2014
and last updated 2014-09-19 08:16:34-04

WEAVERVILLE, California -- Administrators at a California school handed out detention to a 13-year-old student who shared his chicken burrito with a classmate, according to Kyle Bradford said he gave up half of his lunch because his friend did not like the cheese sandwich provided by the school.

"It seemed like he couldn't get a normal lunch, so I just wanted to give mine to him because I wasn't really that hungry and it was just going to go in the garbage if I didn't eat it," Bradford told the television station.

Due to severe allergies some students suffer, sharing lunch is against school rules.

"We have a policy that prohibits students from exchanging meals," superintendent Tom Barnett said. "Of course if students are concerned about other students not having enough to eat we would definitely want to consider that, but because of safety and liability we cannot allow students to actually exchange meals.

While Kyle's mom agreed with school policy, she said handing out detention was too strict a punishment.