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April 17th, 2011
06:49 PM ET

No Bagged Lunches

That's the policy at a public elementary school in Chicago.  Unless students have a medical condition, they're not allowed to bring lunches from home.  That means they either eat school lunches or go without lunch.

The principal says the rule is for their own good; she believes that the lunches that the school provides are healthier than what students bring from home.  But it's not a popular plan with the students who want to bring their own lunches, and critics say it shouldn't be up to the school to decide what kids eat.

What are your thoughts on this?

Carl Azuz, Anchor


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soundoff (366 Responses)
  1. Sarah

    most school lunches are frozen and they have to cook them. most kids refuse to eat school food because it never looks good. i would rather bring my own lunch with something that i would eat than something that doesn't look appetizing and is probably not good for your health anyways

    April 17, 2011 at 7:06 pm |
  2. Anna

    I think It's silly. What if some student has a health problem? And how is not packing your lunch not healthy? They probably won't eat the school meal but what they pack they will.

    April 17, 2011 at 7:14 pm |
  3. Sydney

    I have brought lunch to school everyday so far this year. Honestly, I don't like the school's food, at all. But that doesn't mean I eat unhealthy at lunch. I usually bring a PB&J (on wheat), a fruit salad, a water, and a granola bar. Isn't that pretty healthy? Especially compared to the school lunches in my school because they are usually just pizza which isn't the healthiest of all foods. I do not think that this is a good idea for the school because the school lunch is not necessarily healthier than what students may bring to lunch.

    April 17, 2011 at 7:20 pm |
  4. Ben

    If the principal is concerned about students' health, a better solution would be to ban certain things from students' lunch bags , not completely ban packed lunches. Some people just don't like school food, and they should be able to have an alternative.

    April 17, 2011 at 8:12 pm |
  5. Taylor

    Bagged lunches should defiunitley be aloud. Even though most kids like them they are usually even healthier than school lunches. Also some kids just cant afford it. They would have to be lunchless every day. Some kids think school lunch is disgusting and refuse to eat it. They should be able to have the option of packing their own lunches

    April 17, 2011 at 8:21 pm |
  6. Justin

    I personally think that the school board shouldn't ban home lunches. The decision should be up to the parents and the government has no right to ban home lunches. Plus, at home students can pack a healthier lunch because the sanitation will be better than that at a school.

    April 17, 2011 at 9:07 pm |
  7. Lizzy

    I think the kids should have a chose on what they want to eat. If a kid does not like the school launches and choose not to eat, that is even more unhealthy then what they would bring for launch.

    April 17, 2011 at 9:19 pm |
  8. Sierra

    Many kids bring their lunchs to school. Why? They prefer how the food looks and tastes and they know who packed/made it. I, myself, pack my own lunch just because I don't like my schools lunches, no offence. I also pack my own lunch because I know what I like. I wouldn't want to go to school and figuring out that they are serving tacos..what if I am a vegitarion? Then, what do I have? The prinicpal should allow the students to brong their own lunches no matter what.

    April 17, 2011 at 9:44 pm |
  9. Andy

    A lot of people don't like school lunches. Since there are laws saying school lunches have to be healthy, they taste disgusting. I think students should be allowed to have a lunch from home.

    April 17, 2011 at 10:20 pm |
  10. Emma

    I don`t agree with the policy, school lunch is never good, or healthy, and what if the students don`t like the food being served that day? Most sack lunches are 10X healthier than the school`s. at my school, we have salad bar, and It never has anything good, most of it is canned. What`s the point?

    April 17, 2011 at 10:23 pm |
  11. James

    The decision of whether or not a student should have to buy school lunch should be up to the student. If the student will not eat what the school has to offer, he should bring his own lunch. The student does not need to go hungry during the day. A student will eat what a student wants to eat.

    April 17, 2011 at 10:25 pm |
  12. SGL

    I have no idea waht school provides for their lunch menus in Chicago. but I can see that the menus are not decent enought to satisfy parents, through the fact they had made bagged lunch before even though they don't have to pay for that. Why did they do that if the school had provided very decent lunches? if they want to get settled this policy they have to proof or improve the quailty of school lunch.

    April 18, 2011 at 12:18 am |
  13. Chase

    kids should be able to eat what they want. Its freedom of choice and if kids don't like the school lunches then they should be able to eat what they want.

    April 18, 2011 at 12:31 am |
  14. Bernice

    I think children and parents have the rights to bring bagged lunches to school.The food provided at school may not cater to everyone's taste,so it might be even worse if students can't bring their own favourite food yet refuse to eat the food provided by school.So I think maybe if the school ban the rights of children bringing food to school,it can also be counted as a sort of behaviour violating their basic rights.As for the issue that the principal thinks the food provided at school are healthier,I think is nonsense.But,still,we can do something to make both the two parties more satisfied,that is the school should allow children to bring their own lunch and also make appropriate diet suggestions to them and their parents to make sure what they bring are healthier.

    April 18, 2011 at 3:55 am |
  15. celine

    I'm from south korea, and in south korea, there's no bagged lunch.The government gives lunches to all the students in south korea. And almost all the students don't like school food. I don't like school food either.Most of the students just dump the school food in the trash can. I wish I could bring lunch to school, but I can't. Our health is our business, not our school's.

    April 18, 2011 at 4:11 am |
  16. Ethan

    I don't think parents give unhealthy food to their children...
    and I can't believe school also. And eating disgusting school's food is stress.

    April 18, 2011 at 5:27 am |
  17. Katie

    I think that it should be up to the students. They are old enough to make their own decisions and the school shouldn't decide for them.

    April 18, 2011 at 6:27 am |
  18. lonnie

    to me the school lunches aren't any good and the has no right to say what the kids can and can't even if it's healthy or not parents decide on what you at at school.

    April 18, 2011 at 7:10 am |
  19. Camille

    I think that they should be able to bring their lunch from home. What if they do not like what the school is serving?! The lunches that they are bringing from home may be more healthier because maybe their parents packed them! Students should be able to bring their lunch from home!

    April 18, 2011 at 7:56 am |
  20. Matthew

    It is a outrage kids should be able to bring there own lunches if they want to. The school should have no control over what kids eat. Parents should be the boss of what kids eat thats like saying if you want pizza you must get milk and apple slices. Kids should be able to pick any food they want for lunch.

    April 18, 2011 at 8:11 am |
  21. Juan

    I think when you bring your own food to school you can decided to put whatever you what, but its not fair that the school is making you have to eat school food extend of yours.

    April 18, 2011 at 8:12 am |
  22. Anthony

    there is nothing wrong with bringing food they might what something that their dad or mom had made. And they have a right to bring their own lunches

    April 18, 2011 at 8:12 am |
  23. Edenexis

    I think that the child or the parents should decide if they want lunch from school or if they want lunch from home because most food from schools' might not taste so good or are not so heathy, so the children rather pack a lunch, but i don't think the school should decide whether the children eat lunch packed from home or from school. Most kids that pack their lunches eat healthier then the kids that don't pack their lunches because most food at schools' are not healthy at all.

    April 18, 2011 at 8:17 am |
  24. Angel

    I think that it doesn't matter if you are bringing your own packed lunch to school because sometimes kids do not like the types of meals that the school lunch ladies serve. It also does not matter because kids know the healthy stuff they like to eat and the school lunch ladies would need to get permission from the students parents to inform that kids can't bring packed lunches to school and actually give a good reason why they wont permit packed lunches to be brought to school for they're lunch.

    April 18, 2011 at 8:18 am |
  25. Logan

    I think that you should get to pack your own lunch if that is what you would want, and if you have to eat the schools' lunches, they should be free.

    April 18, 2011 at 9:01 am |
  26. Spencer

    If you can't bring your own lunch the lunch at school should be free.

    April 18, 2011 at 9:01 am |
  27. Harley

    I can't believe some of the extreme measures schools are going to when it comes to food. I can understand not selling junk food on campus, but refusing to let students bring food at all is just insulting, really. Most kids that bring their own lunch everyday actually bring food that is healthier than the reheated slop schools serve. Also, many people can only eat certain foods, or have to avoid certain foods, because of their beliefs – how is the school system going to accomodate all of thos people? By doing this, the school is opening themselves up to criticism and complications.

    April 18, 2011 at 9:01 am |
  28. angelo

    I think they should be aloud to bring bag lunches because school lunches a decrease a parents money which takes money out of the parents money which may not let the child do specials programs
    like filed trips and other things

    April 18, 2011 at 9:22 am |
  29. Alex

    I think this rule is awful. How can a principal tell children that they can't bring their lunch from home? 1) It is, sometimes, healthier to bring your lunch from home and 2) I know it tastes a whole lot better. Some kids don't like school lunches. What if the students school only has one choice to choose from and that student doesn't like that choice? The school officials are really going to makes the kids go without lunch? That is not right.

    April 18, 2011 at 9:24 am |
  30. Grace

    Many kids I know do not enjoy school lung and do not eat it. If the school is so concerned about health, this would just make less kids want to eat lunch. Plus, the principal is acting like parent to the kids which is uneceptible.

    April 18, 2011 at 9:31 am |
  31. Mrs. Browning's 2nd Hour SS

    We at Pilgrim Park MS, Elm Grove, WI, would rather have the choice of making our own lunch rather than being forced to buy school lunches.

    April 18, 2011 at 9:35 am |
  32. Daikysha

    I think that student's should not have to eat school lunches, because maybe students &&, or parent's don't like the school lunches. I feel that it is really not up to the school's to tell student's what they have to eat. Because that's the parent's job. And maybe those Parent's feed their children differently than other parent's.

    April 18, 2011 at 9:55 am |
  33. Alexis

    That's not a very good idea to do that. I think this because we are paying the school already to have our kids in school, why do we need to pay them to make our kids lunch? The school shouldn't have any say in what kids can and can't bring to school to eat. The parents buy the food for lunch, and now the kids can't eat it? No. I think that the schools shouldn't have any say, in what they can eat!!

    April 18, 2011 at 9:56 am |
  34. Henry

    I don't think this should be a rule. Besides if people want to bring their own lunches they should be able to because why does the school care what the kids eat. As long as the school is getting their money right? Thats all they care about and probaly just the kids to eat school lunches for more money.

    April 18, 2011 at 9:56 am |
  35. Emily

    i feel that it is a bad idea to ban home made lunches. it isn't completely fact that the students will eat healthier if they eat school lunches. what if someone is on a diet that they have to be on? what if they cant eat something that is being served there for religious purposes? these are all things to consider that i doubt they have if they have banned home made lunches.

    April 18, 2011 at 9:57 am |
  36. Natalie

    Most kids like to bring their own lunches because they don't like the food that they give in school. Just because some kids bring their lunches that doesn't mean that they don't eat healthy. I think the kids should get to chose what they want to eat, the school shouldn't pick the lunches for the kids.

    April 18, 2011 at 9:57 am |
  37. Team Turner

    We think that the school should not be a food dictator. Students should have the choice of eating at school or bringing a lunch from home. Looking at the food shown in the clip we think a student could bring a much healthier lunch from home. Are french fries really better than a sandwich?

    April 18, 2011 at 10:13 am |
  38. Josh

    I would still bring my lunch from home to school in a bag then if I get in trouble. I would go on a stike to bring bagged back to school let student bring them from home.

    April 18, 2011 at 10:22 am |
  39. Mrs. Browning's 3rd Hour SS

    We think that we should be able to make the choice of what we will eat for lunch instead of being forced to eat the school lunch. Also some students are allergic to some of the foods that the school serves!

    April 18, 2011 at 10:27 am |
  40. Ganai

    That is a dumb thing to do because some kids don't like school lunch. I think that instead you should just check their lunches if you think they are hiding somthing in them. I eat school lunch but if i need to bring my own lunch one day, and i can't eat it because you think just because some kids hide drugs and weapons in their bags or lunches doesn't mean you have to make everyone suffer.

    April 18, 2011 at 10:27 am |
  41. juan

    I have brought lunch to school everyday so far this year. Honestly, I don't like the school's food, at all. But that doesn't mean I eat unhealthy at lunch. I usually bring a PB&J (on wheat), a fruit salad, a water, and a granola bar. Isn't that pretty healthy? Especially compared to the school lunches in my school because they are usually just pizza which isn't the healthiest of all foods. I do not think that this is a good idea for the school because the school lunch is not necessarily healthier than what students may bring to lunch

    April 18, 2011 at 10:28 am |
  42. cheron

    I think they should let us bring our lunch because the things they make are not heathy at all.

    April 18, 2011 at 10:31 am |
  43. Jane

    I think it's ridiculous, not allowing students to bring their own lunch to school is not a very smart idea. They say that kids sometimes don't eat lunch at school, but they will eat what their allowed to bring from home. And the school may not have the most "healthy" choices available.

    April 18, 2011 at 10:31 am |
  44. casey

    Thats boges I think the students should have what they want to. Who cares if they don't want to eat healthier its their decision.

    April 18, 2011 at 10:43 am |
  45. Dave

    I think that kids should not have to eat the schools cafeteria food its all up to the parents if they want there children eating school food i think this is ridiculous!

    April 18, 2011 at 10:43 am |
  46. fernando

    i think they should let them eat what they want to eat, or make the teachers eat school lunches

    April 18, 2011 at 10:43 am |
  47. Maggie

    I think personally that this rule doesn't make much sense. The school is obviously not thinking about people's preferences. What if someone doesn't like the school's lunches? And now that person doesn't want to eat lunch because the school won't let them choose where they eat. Bagged lunches have been ariound for years... So why are they making such a big deal about them now?

    April 18, 2011 at 10:44 am |
  48. Chelsey

    I think that no bagged food might be hard for some kids for me no because my school has a lot of choices but for others they might not eat anything and would be hungry all day and having a hard time doing school work on an empty tummy. I know that because i have done it its not fun.

    April 18, 2011 at 10:44 am |
  49. delaney

    If we couldn't have bagged lunch I would starve, because I rarely get time to eat breakfast. I would only get dinner each day.

    April 18, 2011 at 10:44 am |
  50. elizabeth

    i love home lunch because our school lunch is nasty our home lunch you decide what you want to eat anyways if i kept eating school lunch i would be sick

    April 18, 2011 at 10:45 am |
  51. Cheryl

    I have brought lunch to school. I feel as though some school lunches are very nasty. Kids shouldn't be forced to eat school lunch if they do not want to. especially when they do not write down the ingredients that are put into the food. If children do not know what they are eating why should they continue to eat it?

    April 18, 2011 at 10:45 am |
  52. Chandler

    I support this idea. Students should only bring lunches from home if they are allergic to something from the school lunches.

    April 18, 2011 at 10:50 am |
  53. australia

    I have brought lunch to school everyday so far this year. Honestly, I don't like the school's food, at all. But that doesn't mean I eat unhealthy at lunch. I usually bring a PB&J (on wheat), a fruit salad, a water, and a granola bar. Isn't that pretty healthy? Especially compared to the school lunches in my school because they are usually just pizza which isn't the healthiest of all foods. I do not think that this is a good idea for the school because the school lunch is not necessarily healthier than what students may bring to lunch.

    April 18, 2011 at 10:50 am |
  54. aharon

    I think kids should be able to bring lunches from home because you never know if the kids like the school lunches. Not everyone has the same taste.

    April 18, 2011 at 10:50 am |
  55. Boblee

    Kids should be able to bring their own lunches. The school lunches are not that good. I don't get school lunches mostly because no one seems to eat it any way.

    April 18, 2011 at 10:51 am |
  56. triston

    I dont eat lunch at school unless it is tacos and i dont eat home lunches because of our school lunch is at 10:30 still the food is really bad i would never eat the food even if I was starving. And I would eat home lunches but after 80 days of the same food it gets really boring

    April 18, 2011 at 10:53 am |
  57. Daniel

    THe school food doesn't alwys taste good you know

    April 18, 2011 at 10:54 am |
  58. Gunnar

    I think it's unfair. It should be the parent's decision to decide what their student eats for lunch.

    April 18, 2011 at 11:09 am |
  59. Jennifer

    Its true the school's food might be healthier sometimes, but most kids don't like what the cafeteria serves so the kids should be able to bring their own lunch, if they choose.

    April 18, 2011 at 11:21 am |
  60. Ibrahim

    It's not fair for students to eat school food if they want to eat home made food. The school doesn't have the right to force students to eat what they don't want to eat. Kids have the right to eat what they want.

    April 18, 2011 at 11:28 am |
  61. Mike

    It may help some children, but we cannot take a basic freedom of choice away from our parents and kids. This policy is taking those choices away. Parents should stand up and voice their opinions.

    April 18, 2011 at 11:36 am |
  62. Matt

    As far as this goes i dont care...i get school lunch for free,so there's no worries for me...but i have several friends that bring bagged lunch and that is just dumb because kids should bring what they want to and have no judgement on it or ban of it altogether.

    April 18, 2011 at 11:37 am |
  63. haley

    that is stupid the school lunch is not good they have the same stuff as parents. and i mean it does not taste good we want good food. I think parents would be outraged i would probaly take me kid out of the school. Like a little kid comes to school with there faverite lunch and they get it tookin away and that is dumb,...

    April 18, 2011 at 11:39 am |
  64. Alyson

    The principal said that they think school lunches are heathier than what the kids bring from home. NO! I go to school and I eat the school lunches. Most school lunches are HORRID! They have no taste or there to greasy! Its better to just bring you're lunch for several reasons. ONE being its what the kids LIKE! They will eat for sure as long as they like what they brought. TWO they wouldn't have to pay for them. BECAUSE there bringing it from home. and THREE I could be ALOT heathier than the school lunches. Some kids don't eat because they are allergic to stuff. Thats COMPLETELY understandable!

    April 18, 2011 at 11:39 am |
  65. jacob

    the school says that that there lunch is better then sack lunchs but how is there lunch better when they serve pizza every day? i know that if i had a sack lunch every day it would not consist the same itiem of food every day. besides pizza is greasy and can plug up your arteries and cause u to have a heart attack

    April 18, 2011 at 11:40 am |
  66. brandon

    i think they should have had a vote with all the parents first. that way everybody is happy and there is no argument.

    April 18, 2011 at 11:40 am |
  67. Teagan

    I think it makes some sense, but only because it's at an elementary school. Any grade level above that, and the options for lunch start changing. School lucnh, in some cases, can be more unhealthy than what students bring from home.

    April 18, 2011 at 11:46 am |
  68. Cory

    I bring baged lunches, because it was up to my mother to help me live longer than what most people live up to. Didn't you know that most people live to 76 to 84? To help me live longer that those ages, I need to keep eating gluten-free which is my diet, get lots of excercise, and I need lots of sleep. Therefore, I bring lunch bags to middle school.

    April 18, 2011 at 11:50 am |
  69. Caitlyn

    I believe this rule is ridicioulas. I've never but school lunches, mainly because they look and taste horrible, and in any casem, the food at school, and this rule isn't healthy at all, sense kids refuse to eat school food, most kids starve themselves from lunch. Which isn't healthy at all, just like the school lunches, I also seen kids get sick on school lunches, more than once, even I have gotten sick on it. So, I disagree with this rule, let the kids and parents make their kids health choices.

    April 18, 2011 at 12:16 pm |
  70. Mackenzie

    I think that kids should be able to have whatever kind of lunch they want except for it can't be all junk food.

    April 18, 2011 at 12:32 pm |
  71. Anonymous

    The school's food, (At my old school, at least) is just grease, literally. I brought a lunch from home every single day. You put it up at the front and go get it when it's lunch time. It's probably worse to eat a school lunch. The school cannot say something, like, 'It's healthier!" Because, honestly, it isn't in some cases. My school served cake a lot of the time. I mean, it tastes good, but that's not healthy. And it didn't always taste good, either.

    Its controlling and somewhat degrading to force children to eat what they cook for them. Personally, I think they just want the money out of it. Why else? They must know it's not ALWAYS healthier.

    @Anna,
    In today's update, they say that Health Issues are excused.

    April 18, 2011 at 12:55 pm |
  72. Danielle

    I think that it is not right and it is rediculous that the school won't let the kids pack their lunch because what if their picky..... What if they don't like what the school is having..... That is not right because i am picky myself and my mom would not like it if i just sat there and did not eat not that is just like starving the poor kids.... That is just messed up....

    April 18, 2011 at 12:56 pm |
  73. Kassy

    I think this would be fine with Junior High and High School but to Elementary School it is just wrong. they should be able to choose their own lunches.

    April 18, 2011 at 12:58 pm |
  74. Abrina

    I think its a good idea that they make them eat school lunches cause some kids might bring oreos and they'll be little chub-a-lubs with jelly rolls, and that's not healthy for the people of our future

    April 18, 2011 at 1:07 pm |
  75. Paige

    I diagree with the principal when she says that "she believes that the lunches that the school provides are healthier than what students bring from home." Obviously, yes, some students will bring less healthy foods, but that's not always the case and I think that the statement is an unfair generalization. I think that students should be allowed to bring packed lunches, in some cases it's more affordable.

    April 18, 2011 at 1:18 pm |
  76. tahmina

    i think its a good idea and most of the student bought food from school but if too many school student go to buy food from school their will be a big crowd in lunch hall ...........

    April 18, 2011 at 1:22 pm |
  77. Tiffinie

    I disagree with this policy. Unless the menu for the school lunches cut out all junk food, such as french fries, deserts, or soda pop, they can't say their food is healthier. And there are kids out there who belong to a vegan family. Are they supposed to skip lunch when its a meal mainly consisting of meat? This plan is ridiculous and parents should decide what their kids eat, whether it be a sack or school lunch.

    April 18, 2011 at 1:25 pm |
  78. sarah

    well i think that if a parent wants to have there kid to have a packed lunch if they want to then they should be able to do what they want because some kids are picky eaters an they wont eat the schools lunch so they have to pack an so people have braces an they can not eat that kind of food an some people may not have enought money to have there kids to eat school lunches evey day

    April 18, 2011 at 1:49 pm |
  79. C.J.

    I think the students mom should be able to pack there lunch because its there own son. They at least put some kind of healthy food in there lunches. When i pack a lunch i put like 3 healthy things. if you bring a brown bag lunch you should be aloud to through it away when your done eating. We have pizza every wednsday. pizza isnt that healthy to other foods.

    example
    you can have penut butter and jelly, healthy yogurt, and a banana, with apple juice , and friut snacks. that healthy.

    April 18, 2011 at 2:00 pm |
  80. Kaleigh

    I think that kids should bring their lunch if they wanted to. I always buy my lunch because the food here is not so bad but thats just my school others might hate their schools food. The choice should be the parents to pack lunches or not.

    They should solve this problem by bringing a sign permission slip saying they can pack there lunch. if more people people want to pack and bring the slip in the rule should be broken. If not they have to bring in a slip saying you can pack.

    April 18, 2011 at 2:00 pm |
  81. Cameron

    I think that the principal should not have control over what the children because some of the kids at that school dont eat sometimes because they dont like the food at there school and if they do get food they throw it away.if i was the principal of there school I would find other ways to keep the kids in the school healthy like somehow teaching there parents to feed them healthy things at a workshop every month.

    April 18, 2011 at 2:02 pm |
  82. manpriet

    I think that the parents should pick what ther kidseat.And not what the schools principal shoud not pick what the kids should eat .because most of the time the schooles lunches are not that good for your health. so i think that thelunches that the parents make for the kids are better for them. the kids should be aloud to pick what thay want to eat.

    April 18, 2011 at 2:04 pm |
  83. Shane

    I think the food that one is to bring from home is Healthier than school lunches. First off the lunches here are out of control greasy and they dont give you the amount you need. If you bring a luch from home you choose how much is your limit

    April 18, 2011 at 2:05 pm |
  84. Sean

    I would rather eat beans and cornbread for a week than the subs we have at my school.

    April 18, 2011 at 2:07 pm |
  85. Hour 6 7Blue S.S.

    Our whole class believes they should have the choice to have lunches from home instead of being made to eat lunches from school! Our school lunches do not offer a very wide variety of fresh fruit or healthy food either. Kids may also waste food if it is not appetizing to them.

    April 18, 2011 at 2:08 pm |
  86. BJ

    About 80% of my life I have taken bagged lunches to school. I think, personally, that it is wiser if in fact the parents have the mind set of having their children eat healthy food. In some cases though it may not be the wisest choice because of the sad fact that some parents just give their kids whatever and go about their day with a unnutrional lunch. In conclusion, I think that bringing a lunch from home is better if everyone has the right mindset.

    April 18, 2011 at 2:10 pm |
  87. drizzy

    i believe every american should have the right to choose his/her own meal, and believe that this arbitrary approach to the 'greater good" for public schools is unnecessary and unneeded on all levels of democracy and schooling.

    April 18, 2011 at 2:10 pm |
  88. Emily

    Making students buy the school's lunch isn't something I know I would enjoy. The lunches the schools provide might make some students go without lunch because of the taste. Having pizza and a chocolate chip cookie is not a healthy lunch, and some kids will actually eat this everyday. I think it should be up to the parents to determine what their child should eat or not eat. Also, because the school is providing it, parents have no idea what food their children are eating. If you have health problems with a food, then you should be able to bring in food that you can eat and like!

    April 18, 2011 at 2:11 pm |
  89. Glendy

    All of us should choose what we want to eat. Normaly, most of people don't like school food, therefore we should be allow to bring bagged lunch it would eliminate worries for those who suffer from food alergies, students who feel more comfortable eating their lunch made at home.

    April 18, 2011 at 2:13 pm |
  90. Michael

    I always pack a lunch. The shool lunches are OK. But I think you should still be able to pack lunch if you wish.

    April 18, 2011 at 2:13 pm |
  91. miguel

    i believe its better to take our own lunches cause its better for our health

    April 18, 2011 at 2:13 pm |
  92. Guillermo

    It only depends if the people who make the lunch has the mindset of having the lunch be healthy and nutrisious

    April 18, 2011 at 2:14 pm |
  93. Chloe

    I think it does not make sense. You could still make a healthy lunch that you brought from home. I do that all the time at school and it is always healthy.

    April 18, 2011 at 2:15 pm |
  94. shana

    that is very unfair, if a student chooses to be unhealthy its not in the school to promote that person to being healthy, and some people cant afford to have school supplied lunches. bringing lunches from home can/cannot be a good thing, but it all really depends on the student what he/she wants to do

    April 18, 2011 at 2:16 pm |
  95. colton

    I think the school lunches only rule is a little hard to understand.
    Why not just check what is in the lunch bags first and if its unhealthy, make them eat school lunch for the day? Don't just ban it and be done with it. I don't agree really and I still can't understand it.
    I believe it was a bad decision. I take a bagged lunch to school everyday and I'm very healthy. i just don't like the fact that it happened without warning. I'm sad for the kids D:

    April 18, 2011 at 2:18 pm |
  96. Cole

    I think that parents should be in charge of what their kid's lunches are. The school's lunches might not be too healthy. But the kid's lunches might be less healthy than the school's food. But that is dependant on what the school serves in the lunches and what the kid's bring in their lunches. Some people may think that is invading on people's privacy.

    And takeing controll of the kid's lunches is like telling the parents what to do. I my self think that is not fair. I wonder why the principal decided to do this in the first place. I can understand why the principal want's the kids to be healthy but the school could at least get the parents to come and tell them why they think the school's lunches are healthyer. I think that food from home is helthyer but I may be wrong.

    April 18, 2011 at 2:19 pm |
  97. Myers

    At my old school the lunch was fried. My mom said "You will aways take a bag lunch". We did not have a vegetable or fruit, but the schools should have all the nutrients kids need and the amout that all ages need. But on the other hand some scool might take a another route. The principal should order the food not the cafe.

    April 18, 2011 at 2:20 pm |
  98. Alexandra

    I do agree with carrying bagged lunches because i think kids need nutrients and the right foods to function right. I think parents are much happier not packing lunch and taking the time out of their day. I think kids are picky about the schools lunch more than their lunch. I hope it brings better choices for kids.

    April 18, 2011 at 2:20 pm |
  99. Olivia

    I think the parents should make the decision not the school. Plus kids won't eat healthy if the food isn't good and most of the time school lunches aren't that good.

    April 18, 2011 at 2:21 pm |
  100. ANGEL

    ARE U CRAZY
    IT is not the teacher opinion it is the parents the school should not say that the children should not pack their lunch it is not there responsibility it is the parents. This is a free country it should be the parent’s idea to say if their children can pack a lunch or eat at school it is the parents.
    It is our opinion if we want to pack a lunch or eat at school this is a bad idea what if kids do not want to eat the school what are u going to make them do starve. I think it is the parents idea if they want their kids to pack or eat at school

    April 18, 2011 at 2:27 pm |
  101. Jesse

    i like my peanut butte and jelly sandwich and i want to keep it that way!

    April 18, 2011 at 2:36 pm |
  102. Ted

    I think the idea that students can't bring bagged lunch to school is stupid. Some kids need certain foods and most of the time bagged lunch is healthier than school lunch. definitly against thiS!!!!
    =)

    April 18, 2011 at 2:36 pm |
  103. Samantha

    I think you should be able to bring their own lunches. I think this because if the students don't like food that the school has they might not eat anything for lunch. By not eatting they could get sick and then the parents will get mad a the school. That is why I think it is not good to ban lunches from home.

    April 18, 2011 at 2:42 pm |
  104. Mark

    I think that requiring students to eat the schools lunch everyday is ridiculous. The one time students get to eat in school they have to be forced to eat whatever the school makes. Most of the time school lunches are gross and very unhealthy. Just because they add fruit to the meal doesn't mean its healthier. And since when is a sandwich less healthier than chicken nuggets, pizza, hamburgers, or chicken patties?! I think this rule is unnecessary and parents and other community members should be ashamed of their school board and principal.

    April 18, 2011 at 2:45 pm |
  105. Phil

    Personaly, I don't think that school lunch is that great. I find that younger kids (like kids in elementary school) are more picky eaters than some older kids. If the students do not eat their lunch, then they will not be focused in school. Arent the schools always telling kids to eat their meals so they will be focused?

    April 18, 2011 at 2:48 pm |
  106. Amanda

    I think it's ridiculous. Who's to say the principal can tell someone else's child what they're allowed to eat? Honestly, being a senior in high school, I've never liked school lunches. It's simply not fair and, in my opinion, the choice of what a child eats should be left in the hands of the child's parents. Not the child's principal at school.

    April 18, 2011 at 2:51 pm |
  107. BRADY

    I think that not having bagged lunches is ridiculous. People sometimes can't afford to pay the school constantly. If you ask me, its the dumbest thing ive ever heard. I can understand if the school needs money, but not having lunches isnt right.

    April 18, 2011 at 2:52 pm |
  108. jaime

    i think kids should be able to bring there lunch because some food at school is unhealthy and just tastes bad period let us have our lunch!!!!

    April 18, 2011 at 2:52 pm |
  109. julie

    i would like to say that i bring a home lunch every day i would bring chicken el pesto with egg noodles and hot tea. my mom is a gromet cook i love when she makes me salads. she puts chicken and low fat olive oil maybe some times. i love the bag lunch because you get more option's don't you think so thats all i want to say bye.

    April 18, 2011 at 2:53 pm |
  110. Jessie

    If I was a parent, there is absolutely no way I would let this new rule fly. I would fight it, because the things my child ate would be up to me, the child's parent. I've stopped eating school lunches after getting a pink hamburger one year. Tell me how that's healthy? Tell my how this new school rule is fair? It's not if you ask me.

    April 18, 2011 at 2:54 pm |
  111. Saivon

    Even though I dont pack a lunch I think its crazy.Some kids have problems so if they cant eat serten foods there goin to pack. if I have a problem Im goin to pack

    April 18, 2011 at 2:59 pm |
  112. DJ

    I do not like this pollicy. People should be able to bring lunches to school. They should be able to either eat schools lunch or eat their own lunch from home. If it was a good lunch i might eat it. It has to be a good lunch though.
    If they were to have them eat school lunches they shouldnt charge them. I would follow this pollicy if they had good lunches and they wouldnt charge the me. If they didnt I would ask "why are you doing this?" And I would like an answer.

    April 18, 2011 at 3:00 pm |
  113. Joseph

    I dont bring my lunch soo im ok with that

    April 18, 2011 at 3:06 pm |
  114. Dennis

    I think the students parents should decide wether they can have a packed lunch. Sometimes a packed lunch can be healthier than a school lunch. You could have a sandwhich witch is healthier than a piece of pizza. What I ussally have is a sandwhich and crackers. which has less calories.

    Like the school mashed potatoes taste fake. If they are fake they are like a stick of butter. Butter has alot of oils in it. Pizza has greese.Greese is high in calories.

    April 18, 2011 at 3:06 pm |
  115. Guffey

    This is ridiculous! Why would they even do this to begin with? Are they just trying to make a few extra bucks? If that's the case, just hold a fundraiser! Besides, who are they to decide something like that? The kids come to school to LEARN, not to EAT! School isn't about having a healthy diet; it's about getting an education, and the foods an individual chooses to eat is his or her own choice.

    April 18, 2011 at 3:07 pm |
  116. Hour7- 7Blue S.S.-PPMS

    Our whole class came to the conclusion that kids at school should be able to make their own decisions about what they eat at lunch. The food served at lunch may be unhealthy.

    April 18, 2011 at 3:08 pm |
  117. Chase

    I pack my lunch every day but I don't really care for my schools food.I pack better and heathier foods than at my school.I mean isn't pack better than eating a school lunch because you can pack things you never had before than almost having the same thing ever day.You know what your packing.You can bring more stuff to lunch than your school but............. the only thing I don't like is my lunch might be cold sometimes instead of being warm. But seriously not being abole to pack and bring a lunch to school is just crazy. Well at my school you have to pay 2.50 to get a lunch, at my old school you didn't have to pay, so i gess its kidda weird, but i dont like school lunches anyway somtimes it good sometimes its bad. We have lunch menues so i don't pack my lunch if i want it. Most likely alot of people would say "I would rather pack my lunch than eat school lunch". Why not interview some people and see what they would say.

    April 18, 2011 at 3:17 pm |
  118. Megan

    I think if students have to eat every day at school they would get fat. Cause some of the food they would get will be very greasy. Because they wont like the healthy food cause its usally gone bad. So kids should bring thier food to school cause some people dont like school food

    April 18, 2011 at 3:27 pm |
  119. Nadia

    I think the rule is a bad idea. Im not saying that school lunches are bad, because they do have healthy food, but some children/parents prefer the kids to bring their lunch. The kid could be allergic to the foods at school, or may only be able to eat certain things at that time. Since some parents/children are set on bringing their lunch to school, they may sneak it. So for this rule to be enforced is like telling a theif not to steal. You may not catch them doing it, but they are.

    April 18, 2011 at 3:27 pm |
  120. Blaine

    Sometimes I bring lunch to school because I really dislike the food here and it is all processed,so I think they should be able to bring food that they like and they don't have to eat the nasty food at their school, that's if they like the food there !!!!!!

    April 18, 2011 at 3:27 pm |
  121. Alex

    Honestly i think lunches brought from home are way healthier than school lunches because sometimes school lunches are not fully cooked

    April 18, 2011 at 3:27 pm |
  122. Aisha

    I think parents should have the right to choose what they want their kids to eat, !

    April 18, 2011 at 3:30 pm |
  123. Luis and Ben

    We do not think that the policie for not being able to bring bagged lunches is preposterous. At our school they serve chick-fil-a, pizza, and cheese sticks; if someone brought a bagged lunch to school the contents would most likley be a ham and cheese sandwich or a brand boxed food like Lunchables. So far the boxed lunches have the upper hand in being healthier, which is what the principal does not believe. Principals are not responsible for rasing kids, but parents ARE!

    April 18, 2011 at 3:32 pm |
  124. Tyler

    It doesn't make any sense to do it. If people want to bring food from home they should be able to because, most parent buy healthy stuff for their children and wouldn't want them to be eating junk so i think that bringing food from home is better, in the parents and maybe even the students eyes.

    April 18, 2011 at 3:35 pm |
  125. Mayce

    I think it is a stupid idea to ban homemade lunches from school. Sometimes the school lunches are no the healthiest either. If you think about it, some kids take like 2 burgers or 2 slices of pizza which are covered in grease. If you really think about it, homemade sandwiches and homemade things are much better.

    April 18, 2011 at 3:37 pm |
  126. Rachel

    I think it is a bad idea because not all of the food the school or district provides is healthy or good for the kids. Some of the healthier foods you have to buy. For example, if you want a salad, a granola bar, an apple sauce and a water. You have to buy all of that right at the checkout. But if your parent puts unhealthy food in you lunch thats also bad. It is also bad to throw away your lunch after your parent/guardian has bought it.

    April 18, 2011 at 3:37 pm |
  127. Kyle

    I think school lunches can be more unhealthy than bagged lunches. Even though they have fruits and vegetables at schools, theres always a way to out do it at home; or kids like it better their way...

    April 18, 2011 at 3:37 pm |
  128. mario

    i think that is not cool because kids don't like lunches from school they might want a p and j sandwich. but i think that is not a good law.

    April 18, 2011 at 3:38 pm |
  129. Ethan

    Some kids don't want to eat the school foods because they may not like it. Packing lunches gives the kids freedom for their choice of food that they want.

    April 18, 2011 at 3:38 pm |
  130. Carly

    The school lunches at my school are already unhealthy so, it would actually be healthier to bring a lunch than have the food they serve at my school.

    April 18, 2011 at 3:38 pm |
  131. Seth

    I think that is unfair to make kids eat hot lunch or nothing at all. What if a kid doesn't have any money to buy a lunch, the school is just going to let the poor kid starve. I'm sure that the school that has this rule doesn't have all healthy stuff. How can a school decide what a kid should eat? The school shouldn't have that much power over kids.

    April 18, 2011 at 3:39 pm |
  132. Mary

    Most of the school lunches are unhealthy fro kids, taste nasty, or are just unhealthy or unappealing. The burgers they serve at my school each day are sitting in the grease until someones asks the lunch lady for it, and then the pizza can make you sick because of all the grease that's left on that. And it's not like a kids gonna bring ribs or something in a brown-bagged lunch because I highly doubt any parent would let them. I also think that a PB&J or bologna and cheese sandwiches (which is what I usually bring if I do bring a bagged lunch) are much healthier then grease soaked or stained food.

    April 18, 2011 at 3:39 pm |
  133. Antejueh

    I think it shouldn't be up to the school in what the students eat because what if the kids get sick from eating things they ate at schools. Sometimes the things that the students eat at schools are suppose to be hot but they're cold. From what is saw while i was watching the Cnn news was children picking up their own fruit. What if some of the kids put their hands in their mouthes, or if they dug in their ears. My question is why should the principle be aware of the foods that some of the kids bring from home when she isn't concerned about that fruit the kids are picking up?

    April 18, 2011 at 3:43 pm |
  134. Roger

    i disagree about this policy because ive brought my own luch since kindergarten and it didnt cost me any thing. the school is just trying to drain the parent`s wallets. my mom and dad wouldnt approve of me eating school lunches when they have to pay for it.
    kids at my school just throw half of thier lunches away any way so its just a waist of money. i dont like it

    April 18, 2011 at 3:48 pm |
  135. kristin

    I think no bagged lunches is crazy.A lot of kids do not like school lunches.I would not eat lunch because it is nasty.It would be cheaper to go to the store and buy prepackeged chips,crackers,desert,drinks,and etc. to pack a lunch.Some parents say school lunh is expensive for what you get.At least if kids pack their lunches they will eat their lunch.Throwing $2.75 in the trash is not worth it.Evan if your lunch is not $2.75 it is still a waste of money.I would find a way to not have to buy school lunches because the school lunches are just nasty.

    April 18, 2011 at 3:51 pm |
  136. Matt

    No bagged lunches is an illlogical idea and should be repremanded immediately. Most school lunches are loaded with grease and fat anyway, so why not let the kids bring something healthy? A sandwich with tons of processed cheese as opposed to a healthy lunch of whole wheat sandwich with Lettuce and tomato? They should just sit back and let the kids eat what they want. Not limit their choices of food, and take away the right to be free.

    April 18, 2011 at 4:00 pm |
  137. Jericha

    No bagged lunches?!?!?! That is crazy!!! Some students might not like the school lunch. The students' parents and the students themselves should be able to decide whether or not the student wants to eat school lunch or bring a bagged lunch. Not all parents are able to afford the school lunch. I am not sure how much school lunches cost for some people because I have the 40 cent lunch. But I also know how hard it is to have a very tight budget and not able to pay for the student's lunch. The school needs to think these things through and realize that not everyone can meet the school lunch standards.

    April 18, 2011 at 4:00 pm |
  138. Cortney

    Not being able to have bagged lunches is really stupid. Kids should be able to decide what they want to eat for lunch and what they don't want to eat. School seem to be taking the voice from the children! They need to have a voice and be able to choice if they want school lunches or food from home. That is my opinion.

    April 18, 2011 at 4:00 pm |
  139. sean

    This is sort of unfair, not only are they feeding kids really tastless lunches but they are not even taking the kids with certain resrictions into consideration, my friend has certain beliefs that makes him only be able to eat meat certain days, and plus the lunches just aren't good anymore, all they do is reheat so frozen junk that is brought in a delivery truck.

    April 18, 2011 at 4:00 pm |
  140. Tyler

    The thing is, some school lunches really AREN'T that nutritious. Many are frozen or bought cheap from businesses that don't prepare the food in a healthy manner. Meanwhile, bagged lunches are a source of nutrition-usually. A better way to ensure that the kids are eating better is to alert their parents that they NEED to keep their child healthy by packing a nutritious lunch. KEEP IT THEIR OWN DECISION.

    April 18, 2011 at 4:02 pm |
  141. Gwen

    First off, school lunch isn't healthier I don't know who they are trying to fool. Second, it should be up to the student and plus what about families on tight budgets? sometimes they can't always give their kid money for lunch. In short I believe bagged lunches from home should be allowed.

    April 18, 2011 at 4:04 pm |
  142. Bryan

    I believe that students should not be forced to eat the school's lunches for a few reasons. For one, the family of a student should not have to either spend their money buying lunch for their child when they can get one from home, or have their child not eat. Also, what if a child forgets money for lunch? That would mean that the student just wouldn't eat at all that day. It's rediculous! What if you cannot afford to purchase lunch for your child every day of the year? It sounds more like a scam to make money off of lunch than to ensure better eating.

    April 18, 2011 at 4:07 pm |
  143. November

    I think school lunches are way more unhealthy then home packed lunches. So what if a student packs a little snack for after they finish there other food. I know at my school they always include some sort of sweet or even two at times. Also I rather bring a fresh apple or pear, then canned fruit in corn-starch syrup. In this case I think it's the parent and students decision not the schools.

    April 18, 2011 at 4:16 pm |
  144. James

    I think that It is up to the parents' decision if they get a lunch from school or not. If I went to this school in Chicago I would pack my lunch anyway because that the principal just passed this. I say "no taxation without representation"

    April 18, 2011 at 4:28 pm |
  145. Yvette

    personaly im pretty nuetral because most of the time school lunches are nasty but if you bring your own lunch would you really make a healthy choice?

    April 18, 2011 at 4:28 pm |
  146. Bianca

    Kids should be allowed to bring their own lunch to school because, the school provides kids with greasy, sugary, and high sodium meals while kids with lunches eat sandwichs and pudding also yogurt which is made with milk.

    April 18, 2011 at 4:29 pm |
  147. Sarah

    First of all, what if the school food is not disirable? Obviously the school didn't think of that! And then, shouldn't the parents have a say in all of this? If their child would eat something that they weren't supposed to behind their back wouldn't the school board be to blame? Schools are just getting worse and worse!

    April 18, 2011 at 4:30 pm |
  148. alisa

    i think the school should let students bring there own lunch to school because most student will get the food at lunch but they will just throw it away and it is just a waist of money and their are some kids in the world that do not even eat lunch.

    April 18, 2011 at 4:32 pm |
  149. terkk

    i dont agree with tha principal becuz tha principal aint my parents, an dont make choices for me. not tha principle and the food in tha cafeteria might be to greasy.

    April 18, 2011 at 4:32 pm |
  150. IAN

    i think the bagged lunches should be up to the parents but they have to have time to make them healthy choices instead of throwing in a bunch of junk food

    April 18, 2011 at 4:32 pm |
  151. mario

    i disagree with the log because student should bring what they want its not just up to the principle. the cafeteria food might be to greasy or taste werid. well if they eat it and dont finish it then it is a waste of food and MONEY!!!i think that students should bring what they want.

    April 18, 2011 at 4:33 pm |
  152. Adrian

    I like my peanut butter and jam sandwhich and that's the way it's gonna stay!I ain't gonna always eat the school lunch

    April 18, 2011 at 4:34 pm |
  153. Kyler

    That's the most outrageous idea I've ever heard of... I mean, sometimes, I even BRING a bagged lunch so I don't have to eat the crappy cafeteria food. I get it that people like to bring their good unhealthy food from the house, but come on? Maybe if there was an incentive to eat the school lunch... like have a Subway line, or Quizno's. This just sounds like some well thought out scheme in which the the school gets free money.

    April 18, 2011 at 4:46 pm |
  154. Michelle

    I think if they really wanted kids to make healthier choices, they would let them bring their own. If kids are throwing food away and wasting tax money and lunch ladies' work hours then it's not worth the hassle! Let them bring what they want to bring so that you can encourage it instead of forcing it.

    April 18, 2011 at 4:47 pm |
  155. Shania

    no bagged lunches is a bad idea because some people don't trust the schools because of their food. One of my friends got sick because their chicken sandwich was pink and not fully cooked. another one got sick from our schools meatball subs. i think that us as kids should know to eat well but not wanting a school lunch is up to us. i would rather eat something at home than eat something someone ate and got sick. mistakes happen but when health is involved then it is a different story.

    April 18, 2011 at 4:48 pm |
  156. Toria

    I believe it is the children's parents decision to bring or not bring their lunches. What if the family doesn't have enough money to pay for lunches. Are they just supposed to wait till they get home to eat? That is six hours! I don't know about the food at their school but at mine they have fattening food you could digest. I even know a girl that doesn't even buy lunch because she doesn't have enough money.
    Sooner or later no ones going to buy lunches.

    April 18, 2011 at 4:48 pm |
  157. Tyler

    I think you should because it cost like $2 and they think they give you the right portion but i'm really hungry when I get home from school so if you bring a bagged lunch you get more and you could get a healthier meal.

    April 18, 2011 at 4:51 pm |
  158. Wyatt

    First of all, it is a free country and students get to choose what they eat for lunch. Plus, if the parents want their child to bring their own lunch, they can. It saves money and like many others, sometimes school lunches aren't great!

    April 18, 2011 at 5:32 pm |
  159. Gracie

    School lunches cost money. Even if the lunches only cost $1.25 it's still too much for an entire year.Many parents (and students) are perfectly capable of packing a healthy lunch. It's not fair to tell someone that they can only buy their lunch. The principal is in charge of a child's education, but parents should be in charge of what that child eats.

    April 18, 2011 at 5:33 pm |
  160. delilaha

    personally speaking i think that it is wrong to take away bagged lunches from the students because what if the student doesnt like the lunch in which the school provides... also the school lunches are very very unhealthy and the lunches that kids pack usually contain a fruit and/or a vegtable that they will eat.

    April 18, 2011 at 6:07 pm |
  161. delilaha

    also the prices of school lunches are rising enormously by a lot each year and thats another reason why students pack and still would like to proceed to pack their lunches. it shouldnt be up to the school to say the students cant pack their lunches it should be the parents decision at all or any cost.

    April 18, 2011 at 6:09 pm |
  162. Zachary

    Myself and many other kids at my school would disagree with this rule, because the food that myself and many other kids eat from home is much healthier than that of our school lunch that's provided.

    April 18, 2011 at 6:16 pm |
  163. Amy

    Let's see... I could eat a turkey sandwich on whole wheat bread with fresh fruit and vegetables and an occasional bag of chips or dessert and be full for the rest of the day.... Or I could eat a meager meal of fried "chicken," french fries, and overcooked vegetables or overripe fruit and be starving in an hour... I think it's safe to say that packed lunches are healthier and more filling than school lunches. Until school districts begin offering truly healthy lunches, a rule like this is simply ridiculous.

    April 18, 2011 at 6:18 pm |
  164. Manali

    I have seen the contents of the average school lunch. Many school lunches are not healthy at all! I think that as long as the bagged lunches are healthier than the school lunches everyone should be able to bring them. If the school makes eating a school lunch mandatory then they need to make the quality of the food much better.

    April 18, 2011 at 6:22 pm |
  165. Makenzie

    The school doesn't have any rights to tell you whether or not you can pack your own lunch. That is the choice of you and your parents. What does the school plan to do if your a picky eater, and maybe you eat healthy food that the school doesn't offer for lunch. You have the right to eat what you want at school and eating your choice of food is better than skipping lunch altogether because they don't offer anything that you like.

    April 18, 2011 at 6:31 pm |
  166. Jueun

    I think no bagged lunch is not so good.
    Well, in Korea, kids eat school lunches, and we really don't appreciate it. It can be good in the way you don't have to bring lunch box, but school lunch is far from 'tasty' or 'nice'.
    Some kids just skip their lunches and eat what they brought from home.
    And, if we bring lunches from home, kids will eat what they liked, and won't skip lunch.
    So I think school lunch is just bad.

    April 18, 2011 at 6:37 pm |
  167. Angelika

    Kids and parents should be able to chose. Not the school. I wouldn't want to be forced to eat something I don't like.

    April 18, 2011 at 6:41 pm |
  168. Kiarra

    The school really needs to rethink this. Because, they can't make anyone stop bringing their lunch from homwe to school. And, since lunches from home are banned, there are going to be tons of people going hungry. And then that gets in the way of the learning environment.

    April 18, 2011 at 6:42 pm |
  169. Shreeja

    By doing this they can put the whole school in jeopardy... and some schools by thier pizzas, burgers etc. and all the extras- they put it in the freezers for a long time. Also, what is the benifit from doing all of this? maybe noe 1/2 of the cafeteria won't eat because they used to eat lunches from home.

    April 18, 2011 at 6:55 pm |
  170. Brain

    no bagged lunch is not a good idea, if the student is from another country, he don't even eat school lunch at all, than he can't eat lunch any more. The school lunchs are always the same each week, someone will be sick at it.

    April 18, 2011 at 7:07 pm |
  171. Kira

    I dont know about the lunches there, but the ones here are probably worse then McDonald's. I ate a school lunch the first week of Kindergarten and my stomach was horrible for the next month. I always bring a home lunch and its not un-healthy. I always bring vegetables, fruit, or a Subway. Students should be able to make their own choices.

    April 18, 2011 at 7:14 pm |
  172. Tyler

    I think students should be able to bring their lunches from home, students should decide what they eat, not the school.

    April 18, 2011 at 7:25 pm |
  173. Rose

    We all understand that schools want us to eat healthy but now i think they went to far.Some of the school lunchs are not good anyway.If kids dont eat school lunch or dont get to bring lunch from home they will not think of school,they will just think of foods.What i want is to foces on my school not food.

    April 18, 2011 at 7:26 pm |
  174. Alexandra

    Look, I hate the idea of not bringing my own lunch to school.I bring lunch almost every day. But we need to realize that this may be an area where most kids bring chips and soda for lunch. Maybe eating whole- grain pizza and salad would be better. And studys have shown that those who eat healthy get better grades!

    April 18, 2011 at 7:30 pm |
  175. Brenna

    People should be in control of what they eat, and a lot of people don't like school lunches, So, they skip lunch, which is unhealthy, so their plan backfires. You can't control what people eat. What if one day, there is no food for vegitarians/vegans, or there's no food for people who are religious, like during Lent or if you're Jewish?

    April 18, 2011 at 7:43 pm |
  176. Micah

    Honestly, I think the idea is horrific. The parents should decide what their children should eat. Also, sometimes, the child's parents might think buying school lunches is too expensive or think its just draining their wallet.
    Sometimes the lunches aren't even healthy! I have no offense to the principal, but the idea is horrendous. Most school's lunches are unappealing or just nasty (from my perspective), to some it could be delicious. And sure, sometimes the kids that pack bring unhealthy lunches (sometimes) but it usually tastes good. Personally, I would refuse to this policy, but there really isn't stopping them.

    April 18, 2011 at 7:48 pm |
  177. Emily

    I don't think its a great idea because if some students don't like the food but has to take it, it is a waste of food and their parents money. They would rather spend the money on something else rather than just some food that their child doesn't eat and could become starved and not have any energy for the rest of the school day.

    April 18, 2011 at 7:55 pm |
  178. Tucker

    I do not think that the elementary students should be forced to eat at the school. It is the parents decision what the kids eat. It is a issue of health and freedom.

    April 18, 2011 at 7:58 pm |
  179. Cheyenne

    I used to bring a bagged lunch every day to school because personally I have never liked my schools food. I think it should be the parents choice of what their children eat, the school should have no say on what the kids can or cannot eat during school.

    April 18, 2011 at 8:13 pm |
  180. Richard

    I think school lunches should not be mandatory. If they were mandatory, schools would have to take multiple measures to make it available for everyone, including people with vegetarian, vegan, kosher, people on low-sodium or low-fat diets, or people on low-income levels. In addition, companies that specialize on producing boxed lunches could potentially lose business.

    April 18, 2011 at 8:16 pm |
  181. Tonja

    I say food from home is way better then school food. Its not like we bring mcdonalds in a brown paper bag everyday. Some parents make a healthy lunch for their child. Providing them with atlest a fruit, a drink (like juice. milk, or water), and a healthy sandwhich, etc.

    April 18, 2011 at 8:29 pm |
  182. Barb

    This is terrible!!! I must admit, the school lunches served at my kids' school have improved a great deal in the past few years as far as nutritional value and appeal-but I only let them have 4 school meals each month, because what they bring from home I KNOW is much better for them... How dare someone else tell me what my kids will eat on a daily basis??? Shame on you, principle, and the parents who allow this.
    And please do not tell us this has nothing to do with school funding.......

    April 18, 2011 at 8:45 pm |
  183. Jorden

    I honestly think this is a joke, i mean peaple have a right to eat what they want. Parents know what to feed their kids, and if all they can afford is a cup cake then so be it. In my opinion it seems as if the school is some what putting the parents in a posistion to spend maye even waist money that could be used for more important things. Well Carl thats my opinion.

    April 18, 2011 at 8:53 pm |
  184. Mary

    Carl to force kids to buy lunches at the school or go with out is wrong. The argument the school has is incorect. To say that their lunches ar more healthy than all the kids lunches they bring from home is wrong, they dont know what lunch kids bring. Students who were bringing healthy lunches are now searved packaged junk made in factories states away then kept over long periods of time. If the parents want to feed their kids junk that is their problem not the schools. I think the school has the right idea but going about it in a forceful way is wrong

    April 18, 2011 at 8:54 pm |
  185. Joseph

    Personally, I think that this is the worst idea in history. What if the kids don't like the food that the lunch is serving? I will admit my school had really unhealthy lunches but since it became a STEM school two years ago, it has improved greatly. I wouldn't really mind having a school lunch everyday for a couple of weeks but everyday of the WHOLE YEAR? I would be getting pretty sick of the school lunches by about February. Kids should have the choice to bring a home lunch if they want.

    April 18, 2011 at 8:55 pm |
  186. Alexis

    Oh my, gosh! I cannot believe they would tell those kids they have to have school lunch! If the children don't eat lunch they could get sick! Especially, because they're in elementry. Some of the younger kids need a steady meal schedual. I understan health issues, but who are they to inforce the law.

    April 18, 2011 at 8:58 pm |
  187. Mrs. Jonhsons 1st per.

    It shouldn't be up to the school to tell the kids what they need to eat. Sure, they might include a fruit or vegetable in the menu, but what kid is going to want to eat the other stuff. They tell you that you can eat the food the school gives you, or you can go hungry. They say that the care about the students' health, but won't let the student bring their own HEALTHY lunch. I say they need to protest. The student has to have their own rights. Come on, it's only FOOD we're talking about here. Be considerate. Maybe the parents need to step up or something.

    April 18, 2011 at 9:14 pm |
  188. Catherine

    I think its hilarious how they think school lucnch is more healthy than bagged lunch. Now I understand if its cookies or something. But at my school the food is so unheathy! Its frozen food, if you tear the chicken apart its pink inside! I guess it all depends on the school, but if it was my school I would have to disagree....

    April 18, 2011 at 9:19 pm |
  189. Shaniqua

    I personally think that the students should be able to choose what they want to eat and pack their own lunches. It states in the Bill of Rights that we have more than these rights and we have freedom of speech. Well, we have a right to pack our own lunches and choose our own eating styles because the school's selection might not be what our parents want us eating and that could cause students to go hungry. Also, we have the freedom of eating whatever we want. Even if it is abnormal; we can eat it.

    April 18, 2011 at 9:40 pm |
  190. Nathaniel

    I believe students/parents should have a choice of eating at school or bringing it. I have brought my lunch for about 3 years just about everyday. There have been only a handful of days every year that I have ate my school's lunch. It is much cheaper to make a sandwich and have a drink, a snack cake, and a cup of fruit. As stated on Monday's segment, at the school it is not a financial issue, but that is the students choice.

    April 18, 2011 at 9:55 pm |
  191. Jacob

    I think the kids should pack a lunch if they want. Most of the time, a packed lunch is a lot healither than a regular lunch from school. school lunches are sometimes nasty so i look forward to my bagged lunch everyday! i love it! my mom has it freshly made every morning when i wake up to go to school!

    April 18, 2011 at 10:06 pm |
  192. Alexis

    Are they free?? Some children might not be able to afford it. Even if it is free there is still the issue of taste and quality.

    April 18, 2011 at 10:16 pm |
  193. Jacob

    Schools may have the right to control our attitude, but they shouldn't have the right to decide what kind of lunch we eat.

    April 18, 2011 at 10:21 pm |
  194. dacoda

    i bring sack lunches from home because i know that the school food is unhealty because we have pizza from a local pizza parlor each day and you can see the grease running off of it. i also dont like to have to waste food because of what i dont eat. i feel that students and parents should have a vote on which is better it should be up to the students and parents to say what the kid can and cant eat my friend has a kidney disease so i would ask her to bring me food if this is what happens at my school. i do not like this idea because its more exspensive to feed more children. i dont think this i a good idea it is bad. if i were a parent of one of these kids i would write the school board and complain about this

    April 18, 2011 at 10:32 pm |
  195. Kate

    I would agree with this if the schools would use the extra money their getting to buy better lunches. Some school lunches aren't to horrible, but most are. When kids can bring their own lunches, some only eat junk food, so in some ways this is a good thing.

    April 18, 2011 at 10:58 pm |
  196. Taylor

    Most school lunches are frozen, pre-made, or just leftovers from the previous day. Students should have something they want on their break and even if you don't have a health problem, many times students will not eat school lunches. This will make them less focused and over time cause the school to fail.

    April 18, 2011 at 11:01 pm |
  197. Melissa

    I think that the school shouldn't put a ban on that. Whether it's because they don't like the school food or that they are allergic they should be able to bring what they want.

    April 18, 2011 at 11:08 pm |
  198. Peter

    If the distributed school lunches are truly healthier than the majority of the packed lunches that students bring, I don't see a problem with banning packed lunches for the students' benefits. School lunches costs about what most students would bring from home and I'm sure the school can come up with a little more variety than frozen food for more "picky" students. We are already teaching kids who hate math math for their own good and forcing kids who hate reading to read for their own good. I don't see why teaching them something more practical like healthy eating habits would be exempt from a school program.

    April 18, 2011 at 11:26 pm |
  199. Elly

    This is completely unfair. I'm one of those kids who love bringing bag lunches because it taste so much better than the cafeteria pizza, that you can roll into a ball and bounce off the wall.

    April 19, 2011 at 3:45 am |
  200. Salonee

    The school chose to go ahead with this policy as it gives them control over what it's students eat and prevent the kids who so bring unhealthy food from doing so. Even after all this, I still feel that it is not the school's decision what it's students should be eating as this decision should be up to their parents. For example, my parents let me by lunch twice a week as they don't like me to be having a school lunch everyday due to it's cost and nutrition.

    April 19, 2011 at 4:36 am |
  201. Hyun-Myeong

    I'm student in korea,
    and no one bag their own lunches in here.
    but food are pretty good and healthy.
    and for moms, they don't have to bag their children's lunches,
    I think that's pretty good idea.

    April 19, 2011 at 7:06 am |
  202. Nora

    I disagree with this new rule. I think everyone should be able to choose what they want to eat. School lunches are not very nutritious–they only serve white bread, white pasta, no whole grains. There is too much sugar and fat in these school lunches. This is one of the reasons there is so much childhood obesity. Michelle Obama is trying to make people aware of this problem.

    April 19, 2011 at 8:05 am |
  203. sarah

    there is nothing wrong with bagged lunches. we should have the choice of what we eat

    April 19, 2011 at 8:33 am |
  204. Sue

    Really? Mandatory school food??? The principal decides what I can eat? Rather like a dictator if you ask me. Not quite the America I was raised in...

    April 19, 2011 at 8:41 am |
  205. donnie

    personaly i think some of the school lunch are good but some are yuck! i would say bring your own lunch

    April 19, 2011 at 8:50 am |
  206. Eliza

    I think you should be able to bring your own lunch it tastes better and it's healthier.

    April 19, 2011 at 9:21 am |
  207. Joey

    A school is a tower at the bass is the students take away the students rights they might move on to another school and leave and the whole thing comes falling down.

    April 19, 2011 at 9:39 am |
  208. Erika

    I think you should be able to bring your own bagged lunch because if you dont like what they're seving for lunch you would have to go without it and that would make me loose my concentration. If you cant afford the lunches then what you cant eat untill you get home? If you dont like your lunch thats just throwing money in the trash. They shouldn't be able to do that.

    April 19, 2011 at 10:20 am |
  209. Hannah

    I think parents should be able to pack food for the kids. If a kid dose not like a food at school, they won't eat it, and that means they won't pay attention in class. also it leaves less work for the people that make the food at school. also its a waste of the parents money, cause the pay the lunch for them, and what if for example, a burger is not cooked all the way that makes a health risk for kids and the school is blamed and shut down or if lucky a warning will be sent.

    April 19, 2011 at 11:24 am |
  210. Eddie

    i think it is horrible idea making kids eat only school food some kids might not like the school food

    April 19, 2011 at 11:38 am |
  211. Jimmeny

    Schools shouldn't be allowed to decide what kids eat. My school has disgusting lunches that taste as bad as they are bad for you. So I bring a healthy sack lunch which is much healthier than the school lunches. I don't think schools should be allowed to take away the students rights of having what thy want for lunch by bringing a sack lunch. I think the school in Chicago just wants to make more money by having every kid buy lunch from them.

    April 19, 2011 at 11:41 am |
  212. De'Auni

    I think this a horrible idea because it should be up to the parents to tell if there child should have lunch from home or school!! I truly do think that they just want money from the kids but its not worth it at all

    April 19, 2011 at 11:49 am |
  213. Rachel

    I think that kids should get to bring lunches from home because some kinds might have food problem but also because some kinds don't like school lunches.

    April 19, 2011 at 11:58 am |
  214. Casey

    How a food looks is the first thing that affects how it tastes. Most school food look gross, so many kids don't eat it. some people have actually gotten food poisoning from it, so I bring my lunch everyday.

    April 19, 2011 at 12:09 pm |
  215. Patrick

    I think students should be able to have bagged lunches because it should be their own decision on what they want to eat, if there isn't anything they like at school they can just bring their favorite foods.
    i mean they still got to eat they might as well eat what they like.

    April 19, 2011 at 12:11 pm |
  216. jessica

    I think that is not fair because school lunches cost money and you might not make a healthy choice. When you bring a bagged lunch you could make a better choice. It's not fair at all

    April 19, 2011 at 12:42 pm |
  217. Julia

    I am homschooled and I think they should be able to choose. My family can't have dairy and if we do we get alot of rashes. And
    some kids get worse things. Its not worth it.

    April 19, 2011 at 1:02 pm |
  218. Frankie

    i think that kids should be able to bring their own lunch because it would be healthier than nasty greasy foods.

    April 19, 2011 at 1:55 pm |
  219. ali

    i am not one of these people that bring a lunch bag to school but i do beleave that they are trying to tell the parents how to feed there kids. i think that if kids want to eat better then who are the school trying to tell them different. i think that this is wrong.

    April 19, 2011 at 2:00 pm |
  220. Miracle

    In my opinion kids should bring lunches. they might be allergic to something in the lunch line. Teachers shouldn't say otherwise.

    April 19, 2011 at 2:06 pm |
  221. Alan

    I think that is not fair to students because just his mom can decide what is better to them.The school is just trying to drain the parent`s wallets. My mom and dad wouldnt approve of me eating school lunches when they have to pay for it.

    April 19, 2011 at 2:18 pm |
  222. miguel

    i think that childrens parent should decide what there kids eat because they choose the most healthiest food for them and i think what there doing is stupid i think there just trying to make money

    April 19, 2011 at 2:22 pm |
  223. Alexis

    The parents should be able to decide what their children eat for lunch. I don't think it is up to anyone else on whether or not the students eat bagged lunches. It is completely up to the parents, the school should not have anything to do with the students' lunch decisions.

    April 19, 2011 at 2:22 pm |
  224. BJ

    If they believe that them themselves think they can have a healthier lunch who are we to stop them?

    April 19, 2011 at 2:23 pm |
  225. ricky

    the lunch better be good.

    April 19, 2011 at 2:23 pm |
  226. Valeria

    Students should get to decide on what they want to bring for lunch. The students are not in charge of deciding what the students eat for lunch.

    April 19, 2011 at 2:23 pm |
  227. Mirza

    It's a trick for the parents money to go down. I think the policy is pointless and I'm sticking to my word.

    April 19, 2011 at 2:30 pm |
  228. patrick

    I think that students should be able to bring a lunch from home because I dont eat school food because I like ceirtain foods and home lunch you get diferent foods and you dont have the same thing every day.

    April 19, 2011 at 2:45 pm |
  229. aristotle

    it is weird if the students want to eat home lunch then let them have it it like telling a baby not to grow

    April 19, 2011 at 2:54 pm |
  230. Miles

    I think that kids should have a choice. Sometimes schools choices are less healthier.

    April 19, 2011 at 2:58 pm |
  231. rose

    I think thats not fair. what if some of the kids cant afford the school lunch or what if they just dont like it. Some times they arent helthy its just not fair that the schools do that.

    April 19, 2011 at 3:04 pm |
  232. Victoria

    I always bring my lunch to school, and it's not unhealthy food, it's good, with fruits and etc.. The only reason I do this is because back in grade school the school food used to make me throw up. Now how is that more healthy, to you?

    April 19, 2011 at 3:36 pm |
  233. Sophie

    This is crazy! I like getting my lunch from home because I know what I put in it, at school i don't. I think the kids should be able to bring a bagged lunch from home.

    April 19, 2011 at 3:45 pm |
  234. Kyle

    I think food from home is better because it is more appetizing and will encourage kids to take healthy choices becasue it looks better.

    April 19, 2011 at 4:02 pm |
  235. Kyle

    I think food from home is better because it is more appetizing and will encourage kids to take healthy choices becasue it looks better. Also there parents also dictate what goes in there lunch.

    April 19, 2011 at 4:03 pm |
  236. Dustin

    i think it's just silly alot of the food they serve at schools are actually less healthy for you than what you would eat at home

    April 19, 2011 at 4:07 pm |
  237. Dayton

    bringing lunches from home is alot healthier because you and your parents get to decide what healthey foods you get to have today. Unlike if you have school lunches and you go eat chips,icecream and other unhealthy things like that.

    April 19, 2011 at 4:08 pm |
  238. Peyton

    The social media is making it sound like kid's will only pack un-healthy lunches. i think taht is very wrong.All kids dont like sprite and a bag of chips. somtimes i like to pack a fresh apple and a nice water.

    April 19, 2011 at 4:10 pm |
  239. amiya

    i think there should have a bagged lunch becase if kids do not like to eat cafatria food they do not have to

    April 19, 2011 at 4:12 pm |
  240. Angelika

    I honestly think it's a really bad rule. It's not the schools decision, It's the parents and child's. I wouldn't want to eat something I don't like. Every doctor would say "Eat what ever your body feels like"

    April 19, 2011 at 4:19 pm |
  241. Olivia

    I think this new rule isn't appropriate. Parents should be the person who decides what their children eat, not a school. If the principal really was concerned about nutrition, why didn't they just create new guidelines about what you can bring in your lunch?

    April 19, 2011 at 4:35 pm |
  242. Tori

    I understand this rule and I think it's a really good thing. If our school had healthy, homemade food, I would eat school lunch more. It would save our family more money on lunches. I just think they should have a "free day" on Fridays.

    April 19, 2011 at 4:35 pm |
  243. abbey

    a lot of kids don't even eat school lunches cause they don't like them but if they bring their own lunch then they can eat what they want and not have to starve all day. they would be more concentrated on being hungry and not on school lunch. so they should be able to bring their lunch if they want doesn't matter if it isn't completely healthy its what they want to eat for their lunch.

    April 19, 2011 at 4:42 pm |
  244. Joshua

    I think that students should have the right to bring lunch to school if they want to. My family sends lunches for my brothers and I so we can save money.

    April 19, 2011 at 4:53 pm |
  245. Kattie

    I believe its the kid's opinion on what they eat at lunch. If they don't like the meal for that day they don't get fed? If it were my school, I would definitely be protesting.

    April 19, 2011 at 4:57 pm |
  246. Jimmy

    I think its crazy not to let kids bring their own lunch especially ones who are picky about what they eat. Usually the school food looks uncooked or gross anyways, thats why I bring my own lunch myself. The school food doesn't look healthy as it is so why make kids eat that?

    April 19, 2011 at 5:01 pm |
  247. Sam

    Why would they pack their lunch in the first place if they liked the school food? It's obvious they don't like it or something if they pack lunch. I pack my lunch because the school lunch looks unhealthy, uncooked, and plain gross. We have more people packing lunch every week. Thats plain ridiculous.

    April 19, 2011 at 5:03 pm |
  248. Vanessa

    I think that kids should have rights as well. Sometimes kids don't like the food, which is why they take their lunch in the first place.

    April 19, 2011 at 5:08 pm |
  249. Jenna

    I think its just not fair to the kids that are out here, I mean what if you don't like the lunch at school and they say you can't have a cold lunch, I personally would protest against it, also what if the lunches are not as nutritious as they say and then the parents bills will go up, it just wouldn't be fair for the kids and the parents.

    April 19, 2011 at 5:29 pm |
  250. Alison

    I think they should have a choice of if they get to bring sack lunches or not. some parents can't afford school lunch and some children have allergys. They should be able to bring a sack lunch if they want to.

    April 19, 2011 at 5:35 pm |
  251. Hemya

    I don't think it's fair that they aren't allowed to bring bagged lunches. It's up to your parents to make sure you eat healthy, not the school. School lunches aren't even good so no one eats them, so are they really eating healthier anyway?

    April 19, 2011 at 5:39 pm |
  252. Tyler

    I am on the fence with that idea! I mean, if your school has poor food or you can't afford 60 cents for milk or all the other expensive stuff your stuck with nothing. On the other hand you could get something really good too! On the flip side you get to chose your own lunch and it can be YOUR choice, which is what our country is all about, our OWN choices. Altho you could easily bring in junk thats bad for you to so i just can't make up my mind on that one.

    April 19, 2011 at 5:40 pm |
  253. Alicia

    its up to the parents what the kids eat. the school didn't give birth to the students so they should't tell them what they can and cannot eat. But at the same time i do think sometimes school food is healthier but like i said before the parents are in-carge of the kids, don't let school food get in the middle

    April 19, 2011 at 5:46 pm |
  254. ana

    i think that the students should be aloud to bring bagged lunches because overall they are more healthy. people could pack apples, bannanas or vegetables. also if somebody has a peanut allergy the food the school cooks could contain peanuts.

    April 19, 2011 at 5:55 pm |
  255. Michael

    Not allowing the kids to bring lunches from home may cause them to not eat lunch at all which is even worse.

    April 19, 2011 at 5:57 pm |
  256. Emilee

    I think it is not a good choice because I believe in freedom. Freedom means having the right to choose, and have free agency. I think it is stealing that opportunity promised to us by not letting us eat our own food.

    April 19, 2011 at 6:03 pm |
  257. rayla

    I think that kids should be able to bring their own lunches. What if they have an allergy? Or what if they can't pay for the school lunched? What then? They will spend the day hungry! And aren't people always talking about how kids need to eat all of their meals so that they can concentrate on their work? IT IS SOOOOO WRONG!

    April 19, 2011 at 6:17 pm |
  258. Brooke

    I think people should be able to bring a bagged lunch. If students know someone they are around in lunch that is allergic to some certian food, they should just be respectful and not pack it.What if you don't like one of the school's foods. Then what ,you just end up HUNGRY the whole rest of the day.That is plain RUDE!
    Yes the school is trying to keep you healthy, but they are not your parents. YOUR parents are responsible for mostly keeping you healthy. Besides, if your parents are paying for your lunch and you don't eat it, then your parents are just wasting their good money!
    If you know one of your kids or yourself is packing somewhat unhealthy lunches, then have your parents tell you what to pack.

    April 19, 2011 at 6:19 pm |
  259. Cody

    Where i go to school all the bag lunches I see are heather than the meal. I personally don't mind the school lunches but i do know a lot of people who don't like the school lunch. It should be the students and parents who make the call , what they bring to school for lunches.

    April 19, 2011 at 6:23 pm |
  260. Rhianna

    Well, I don't think this is the best idea because your friend could be eating Ice Cream while you eat a salad. I think a homepacked meal would be your best choice.

    April 19, 2011 at 6:34 pm |
  261. AJ

    Kids have the rights to choose there food in lunch! what I think is that the school in chicago needs the parents to choose if the kids can eat what they want or they can eat what the school is giving them and i choose that the kids have the right to choose there lunch

    April 19, 2011 at 6:39 pm |
  262. Zack

    You say buying lunches would not be a money problem because most students get government paid, but that WOULD create a money problem. The governments money would start to decrease.

    April 19, 2011 at 6:50 pm |
  263. Samantha

    The last time I checked the School Lunches were NOT healthier than packed. I think we should have our choose in what we eat. Some schools don't feed enough and with packed lunch you get what you WANT to eat and how much. So we should choice packed or school (:

    April 19, 2011 at 6:55 pm |
  264. carolina

    well i think that if us the kids dont like the food and have to be starving because of this rules that doesnt makes any sence for ex i dont like pizza and i better be starving than eat that then why dont they let me get my preferred home lunch that is stupid

    April 19, 2011 at 7:06 pm |
  265. Simon

    Not being able to pack one's own lunch just seems wrong. Why would the school board come up with such a clearly ridiculous rule? School food is basically airplane food. Who wants to eat airplane food from the age of four to eighteen. I personally want to be able to chose whether or not I am going to eat airplane food for the majority of my childhood.

    April 19, 2011 at 7:14 pm |
  266. brittany

    I think kids should bring what they like to eat but i also think kids should eat a healthy lunch and not bring whole bags of chips and soda

    April 19, 2011 at 7:32 pm |
  267. ernesio

    i think bagged lunches may help students eat healthier and be more dynamic, not everyone likes school food every student should have the chance of choosing either one

    April 19, 2011 at 7:34 pm |
  268. Bob

    I think bagged lunches are great for students who don't like the school's food. Also kids might have allergies to the school's food that they don't know about. So i think its a great idea for kids to have bagged lunches.

    April 20, 2011 at 12:13 pm |
  269. Janelle

    In my opinion, I think that the new rule in Chicago; No bagged Lunches, is a great idea! You see, in my eyes bringing bagged lunches to school, is not helping the earth or the school itself. So, if kids bring actual lunch pales, it helps the earth by recycling, and the school save money!

    April 20, 2011 at 12:23 pm |
  270. Alyvia

    i think that students should be able to bring their own lunches. I myself am a student who brings a lunch to school, i do this for 5 reasons. One it recycles lunch trays that you will not need to use. 2, some kids may have alergic recations to the ingretants hidden it the food.. 3 ,it makes kids responsible. 4 it cost less money for my family in these hard times.And 5, i am more likely to get the nutrion i need through packing my own lunch.

    April 20, 2011 at 12:24 pm |
  271. Casedellia

    I think that students will eat healthier by eating school lunches. Some people bring candy, coke, and chips in their lunches and the school lunches offer healthier options.

    April 20, 2011 at 1:07 pm |
  272. victor

    the lunches they give us is not healthey so theirs is too there not healthy and youhave ro payfor school lunch and the one from home is beater

    April 20, 2011 at 3:05 pm |
  273. Carly

    I usually see heathier bagged lunches, the school lunches aren't heathly at all! If anything, the schools lunch is worst than fast food.

    April 20, 2011 at 3:37 pm |
  274. Trinity

    I think kids should be able to bring a lunch from home, I do, and I think some school's lunches are not healthy, some kids bring healthy lunches.

    April 20, 2011 at 4:33 pm |
  275. Carlizio

    I think that the no bagged lunch policy is a really bad idea. Some people like me don't like school lunches and don't eat lunch at school some days. Schools should NOT decide what students should eat, parents should.

    April 20, 2011 at 4:44 pm |
  276. Cameron

    I believe a lot of the school lunches are not even healthy. When lunches from our homes can be so much healthier. I think the school is taking this to the extreme. Just regulate what they can and cannot bring from home. That simple.

    April 20, 2011 at 6:23 pm |
  277. Julia

    I think that you should be able to bring your own lunch to school, beacause kids i know are really picky and may not like eating healthy. Also kids may be on a special diet that they dont wannt peoppple to know about because it is embarasing. So, overall I think this is not a good idea.

    April 20, 2011 at 7:22 pm |
  278. Elonn

    I think this is stupid people should have the right to bring their own lunches to school if they want because its a good way to save money and plus today's school lunches are nasty!

    April 20, 2011 at 7:23 pm |
  279. Maddie

    I believe that anyone can bring in their lunch. It's a free country and we can do whatever we want right? So why are we being restricted by the school board and principals? It doesn't seem fair and this is going way out of line. Let people bring in lunch and not have it taken away, plus lunch from home can be really good sometimes.

    April 20, 2011 at 7:24 pm |
  280. Elise

    The lunches at school are not very healthly for you. The prinicpal should let kids have bagged luches. It seems like the school is just trying to get more money by making pay for the lunches.

    April 20, 2011 at 7:32 pm |
  281. Genna

    I believe that it is un fair that only kids that have food allergies are the only ones to pack lunches, and thatsome of the kids who don't have allergies usualy throw their food away because they don't like it. It is the parents' decision to me because parents are the most important part of your health.

    April 20, 2011 at 7:47 pm |
  282. Bianca

    I believe well i know that many school lunches aren't healthy as well. Either way if we do or don't bring our own lunches want differences does it make? I think this school is pretty much being silly with that rule of not bringing our own lunches.

    April 20, 2011 at 7:57 pm |
  283. Alexis

    Honestly I think the schools should allow the bagged lunches, reason being is because kids should not be told what they can or can not eat at school. What they bring from home is their choice, not the schools. Another reason they should be allowed is because maybe some kids have to eat in certian ways.

    April 20, 2011 at 8:57 pm |
  284. Elijah

    I don't think this is fair. I have brought my own bagged lunch to school almost every day since I started going to school. The school shouldn't decide what a student eats, because it is unfair to their preferences: they might not like the food anyway. If they don't like it, they shouldn't go without a lunch. Plus, school lunches are generally unhealthy anyway, due to the ingredients used to make them. I personally think they don't taste good, either.

    April 20, 2011 at 9:25 pm |
  285. Herra

    Well if it really mattered to them they would go send a letter or e-mail to parents saying that there are health concerns with what the kids are eating and if they wouldn't even want to do that they should just make their lunches a little more desirable to the kids.

    April 20, 2011 at 10:20 pm |
  286. Krystal

    I don't like this policy I don't think it is fair for the families of the students and for some families bagged lunch is cheaper than school food... stil if the families don't like this policy they could find another school for their child or protest about it.

    April 20, 2011 at 10:27 pm |
  287. Salvador

    In my opinion, I think that the schools should allow kids to bring bagged lunches. This idea of eating only school lunches is just a plot so that they can raise more money! Kids also complain about how nasty lunches are and how they find bugs in them, well there you have it! Schools only care about the money not our health!

    April 20, 2011 at 10:46 pm |
  288. Rachel

    We should have the right to bring our lunches. Some school lunches are unhealthy and bagged lunches are useually much healthier. I useually bring a sandwhich, yougert, water, granola bar, some rasins and maybe a vegtable.

    April 20, 2011 at 11:55 pm |
  289. santo

    I think kids should be given the freedom of choice, not forced to eat school lunches. Yes, lunches from home can be less healthy than school lunches, but school lunches also have pitfalls like larger potions, and seconds, so it's really no different than having a sack lunch with lots of sweets, because it has the same end result. Maybe if they limited how many sack lunches kids could bring a week, like say two, and let the kids choose to bring them on days when the school served something they absolutely hated like fish or chili, I think it would work better. That way the kids would eat over half their lunches at school, while still being given some leeway.

    April 21, 2011 at 8:35 am |
  290. Soobin

    I'm a student in South Korea. We have mandatory school lunches here. No one brings lunch from home. My school offers good and healthy food. It tastes good and yummy. I believe that school is doing its best to provide us with healthy food. I trust its judgment and my school facilities. My mom is also happy because she doesn't have to get up early to prepare my lunch box. In conclusion, school lunch is good.

    April 21, 2011 at 8:43 am |
  291. Hailey

    I think y'all suppose to bring your own lunches because it is so much healthier.

    April 21, 2011 at 9:29 am |
  292. Steven

    I think that bagged lunch should be allowed because it would give a large variaty of foods to choose and also the parent and the child knows what food he or she likes, the school doesnt. The school follows a list of food each week that they choose from.

    April 21, 2011 at 9:40 am |
  293. Holly.

    I totaly disagee. I think that idea is stupid. What if kids don't like what their having for lunch? Now they hve to go the entire day without eating? How is that fair? If kids dont want to eat the school kunch don't force them!

    April 21, 2011 at 10:10 am |
  294. mitchell

    I think that it is unfair. I have a friend that eats only bagged lunches and he would not eat at school forever

    April 21, 2011 at 10:20 am |
  295. daniel

    I cant belive thier not alowing kids to bring sack lunch. I bring a sack lunch every day and it is much healthier than school lunches. i think kids should be free to bring lunch or have hot lunch, it is a free country after all.

    April 21, 2011 at 10:32 am |
  296. Olivia

    I don't think it's right for the school to choose what kids are eating. The kids belong to the parents not the schools. So I think it should be up to the parents whether their kids should bring a bagged lunch or not.

    April 21, 2011 at 11:17 am |
  297. Dustin

    I think kids should be able to bring lunch to school. But if school are truely feeding the kids healther food then i agree with this.

    April 21, 2011 at 11:26 am |
  298. Riley

    I think that it is real bad that the school is making the student buy luncchws, becasue some parents might have their kids eating a certian way like some people might be a vegitarian, but the school lunches only have salads as side and they arnt theat big either.

    April 21, 2011 at 1:19 pm |
  299. Ravenia

    That isn't right! Some school foods are just as healthy/unhealthy as school foods! When I lived in Japan the school had multi-colored hot-dogs!!! I would rather be eating junk food...rather than mutant food!

    April 21, 2011 at 2:40 pm |
  300. Autumn

    I belive that kids should be able to bring their lunches because if they don't like the school lunch they go home hungry and some times the schools lunch isn't any better than your own lunch so I belive kids should be able to bring their own lunch

    April 21, 2011 at 2:52 pm |
  301. Chloe

    Being a student in Illinois who doesnt even pack lunches, I would still disagree with the fact that people should be able to make their own choices when it comes to our food choices at school.

    April 21, 2011 at 3:01 pm |
  302. Ms. Pierce

    I think this undermines the authority of parents and is extreme. Parents should have the right to pack their children's lunches however they see fit. If a parent needs financial help in having their child eat at school that is a different story. However, do not BAN lunches simply because one or two students' parents make bad decisions. This is military punishment ... punish all for one's mistakes. I am appauled.

    April 21, 2011 at 3:19 pm |
  303. zack

    i think that they should allow kids to bring lunches from home and the school can't tell the kids that they can't bring lunches from home it thier parents choice if they are allow to bring sack lunches or school lunches

    April 21, 2011 at 3:56 pm |
  304. Victoria

    Kids should have the freedom of chooseing their own food. what if you don't like what they have there? What if the food makes you sick? What if it taste bad? Many thinggs are possible. But if kids and their parents find foods that match and a big benifit you can cook up some good foods at home in a few minutes that tast good and are healthy.

    April 21, 2011 at 4:49 pm |
  305. jackson

    I think the school can not make us eat the schools food.you shood be abell to bring your own lunch.

    April 21, 2011 at 4:56 pm |
  306. Mackenzie

    Schools lunch could be better than lunchs from home cause school's lunchs dont have deserts all the time and usally home lunchs have deserts. I think parents should pick or vote wether they have Schools lunches or homes lunchs not the school.

    April 21, 2011 at 5:17 pm |
  307. Alec

    I think that the rule isn't very smart because if the school puts healthy food in the lunches, they can't force the kids to eat the healthy food.

    April 21, 2011 at 5:27 pm |
  308. Riley

    I think kids should be able to eat whatever they want. It is up to them and their parents, not the school.

    April 21, 2011 at 5:40 pm |
  309. Carley

    I would think that kids would be more tempted to eat junk food if you were only allowed to eat a school lunch. Our school has some healthy foods and some not-so-healthy foods, but there is no one forcing the students to eat the healthy foods, so if that was their only choice, most kids would probably tend to get the unhealthy food. I bring a packed lunch to school which I believe is better for my diet because my parents see what I am packing in my lunch as they help me get ready. If I were to buy school lunch, I'd probably eat more junk food without my parents there to scold me.

    April 21, 2011 at 5:43 pm |
  310. Alex

    I think that is the dumbest thing ever. I would eat healthier if my parents sent lunches with me. Not if my school sent me lunches.

    April 21, 2011 at 6:51 pm |
  311. Emily

    I think it is unfair. If students want to bring their lunch, they can. If they want to buy it, they can. Sometimes kids don't like school lunch choices. They could also prefer school lunches.

    April 21, 2011 at 6:55 pm |
  312. Beth

    I think having no bagged lunches is not good, but it depends on what the school serves. If it is not healthy than there is an issue. If the school lunches are healthy than that is different.

    April 21, 2011 at 7:00 pm |
  313. Emily

    I think students should have a choice of what they eat, schools should not be able to ban home lunches. That's kind of (in my opinion) revoking a freedom. I always bring a ham and cheese sandwich, an apple, low fat milk, and a granola bar. Healthy enough??

    April 21, 2011 at 8:44 pm |
  314. bobby

    i disagree with this rule! If you have seen the calories in school lunches then you would see that it's not always the better option.

    April 21, 2011 at 8:47 pm |
  315. Kelsey

    I don't usually have time for breakfast so I look forward to lunch. But by taking away MY choices on what I eat I would go without. It's our right too chose, and our parents responsibility to help us. I don't want my school involved in my life so much. It's an insult, that we obviously can't take care of ourselves. Not all of us make bad choices. And I have some friends who eat their families cultural foods at home because their parents immigrated here. They don't enjoy many American foods. I doubt the school could provide such a variety.

    April 21, 2011 at 10:51 pm |
  316. Faye

    I think that people should express there self the way they eat. Most of the time school luches are not that healthy. If people want to eat leftovers from last nights dinner than they should. Schools should not decide what kids eat.

    April 21, 2011 at 10:53 pm |
  317. caleb

    in my opinion i think if school serves healthy foods like salads and pb&j's then i see no problem by banning bag lunches since the parents are makeing the kids fatter

    April 22, 2011 at 11:41 am |
  318. Tanner

    Lunch's are your choice. Period.

    April 22, 2011 at 11:57 am |
  319. Kelly

    I say that students should be allowed to bring their own food from their homes. I agree what the critics said, "critics say it shouldn't be up to the school to decide what kids eat." Also I believe school lunches aren't healthier than what kids bring from home.

    April 22, 2011 at 12:27 pm |
  320. Maddie

    Not being able to bring your own lunch is not good. It is healthier for students to eat their own food, than to have no food at all. Plus most school lunches are frozen and shipped to the school while kids at least bring food that hasn't been frozen so it won't go bad. Telling students they have to do something will only make problems worse and make the kids want to rebel. More and more kids will stop buying school lunch, and then the school will be responsible for starving tons of kids.

    April 22, 2011 at 12:27 pm |
  321. Kylee

    I totally disagree with the principals motives for lunch. My mom has hand-packed my lunch since I started going to school, and she still does to this day. She's really big on healthy lunches, and now, every time I buy lunch from school, I get an upset stomach. It's not up to the principal to dictate what kids eat at lunch.

    April 22, 2011 at 12:28 pm |
  322. Courtney

    I think that it is unfair to let the school force children to eat their lunches. I have a health issue so i can't eat the school lunches, even though it says that people with health issues can bring their own lunch. I have seen what my school serves and the lunches that the students bring. Not only do the sack lunches look more appetizing, they also look healthier, by a long shot. My school has grease on almost every piece of foo they serve and grease is very very bad for you.

    April 22, 2011 at 12:32 pm |
  323. jarob

    i dont think at all that the school should have the authority to make children eat school lunch. Some parents cant afford paying for the school lunch everyday. It gets expensive. I wouldnt want to be forced to eat something i might not even want and still have to pay for it. i think its out of line to ask that of parents and students.

    April 22, 2011 at 1:30 pm |
  324. Kevin

    I think students should be able to bring their lunch from home becuase school lunch is disgusting. With kids that age the decision should be up to their parents not the school and its tyranical principal. Even a kid who eats junk food for lunch, is better than one that eats nothing at all.

    April 22, 2011 at 4:19 pm |
  325. Jueun

    I think it is not good. Mostly, school food is far from tasty and bagged lunch is more nice.

    April 22, 2011 at 5:44 pm |
  326. Sara

    I think kids & parents should have a choice to
    choose what they want to eat. I would eat healthier if my parents
    sent bag lunches with me to school.
    Also, several schools make lunches with not very good nutrition in their meals? They use poor quality ingredients.

    April 22, 2011 at 6:03 pm |
  327. Isabella

    First things first, the school or government should have no control over peoples daily lives. Once they start taking our rights to be able to eat what we want it starts to become a dictatorship. People all over the world come to America to be free, but are we really free if we cant make a choice?

    April 22, 2011 at 6:45 pm |
  328. James

    I'm from South Korea. In South Korea we eat school lunches only.
    I like school lunch because it's convenient. I think students should have a choice about their lunch.

    April 22, 2011 at 9:00 pm |
  329. Owen

    That doesn't seem fair to me because some people have healthy lunches that they are used to. The change from a familiar lunch everyday to differing meals could hurt the kids diet.

    April 24, 2011 at 7:48 am |
  330. Jenalyn

    If we can have freedom of speech and freedom of expression, we should be able to eat the lunch that we choose, not have to eat the lunch the school chooses for us. Since our parents can vote, they should be able to pick foods that their kids like that are heathly. They are after all able to pick the person who runs our government, I think they can choose what their child eats.

    April 24, 2011 at 11:23 am |
  331. Alexandria

    No bagged lunches i think is not a good idea because at my school most of the kids with bagged lunches have a healthier foods including a sandwich pretzles and a peice of fruit. Kids that get hot lunch often choose unheathly things even with the choice of the heathier items. Bottom line is that if you are going to say no bagged lunches make sure the schools luches it as healthy or healthier than the bagged lunches.

    April 24, 2011 at 11:54 am |
  332. kaitlin

    i think if they don't let the kid have bagged lunches it would be better because the school would make it healther foods and more vegetables and they get to try new foods

    April 24, 2011 at 10:03 pm |
  333. Lizzie

    I can see where this plan is coming from – a lot of kids who bring their lunches just pack a sandwich, then a lot of junk food. But for those kids who bring a healthier lunch, it's not doing them any good. With the government taking away certain rights (at least in my state), I don't think bagged lunches should be taken away as well.

    April 24, 2011 at 10:04 pm |
  334. Alexis

    I live in South Korea & we all eat school food. I would love to eat bagged lunches, and I'm not happy that the school decides what we eat, not us. If we can bring our own lunches, I think there would be less picky eaters & more happiness.

    April 25, 2011 at 2:28 am |
  335. Songeon

    I sometimes like lunch at school beacause its pizza or mac and cheese. but a buritto? I can't simply eat it. so i think home food is a little better and a little healthier.

    April 25, 2011 at 5:00 am |
  336. Matt

    I'm a 6th grade teacher, and I have noticed that the kids who bring a bagged lunch to school are the ones that bring healthy food. They are also the ones who eat it, unlike the the school lunches that get thrown out.

    April 25, 2011 at 9:26 am |
  337. Callaway

    i think that is a bad idea, there are some children whose families dont have the money to afford school lunches, or qualify for the discount program.

    April 25, 2011 at 10:14 am |
  338. oscar

    I think its not fair becaues what kids bring from there home is no dout healthier than school lunches.

    April 25, 2011 at 10:16 am |
  339. Eli

    One healthy meal won’t affect the person’s health and students already don’t like school lunches.

    April 25, 2011 at 10:19 am |
  340. Devin

    I think students should be able to bring bag lunches. I think that because some people only like certain things. I dont think people should bring fatning things, but it is one thing if they bring a sandwich, whole grain chips, and a apple.In my school people who bring bag lunches are more helthier. :)

    April 25, 2011 at 10:52 am |
  341. Madison

    If you told me our school lunch was healthier than what I bring to school, I'd think you were crazy. For example, our pizza. If you just barely lay a napkin on it then pick it up 2 seconds later, it will be drenched, dripping in grease. I'm positive a turkey sandwich is healthier than that. Also, my parents have me bring my lunch more often than not to save a bit of money, so that could also cause a problem. I'm definately against this.

    April 25, 2011 at 11:40 am |
  342. Avery

    From my experiences, lunches from home are usually healthier because of the food the schools buy and because parents usually watch what their children put in their lunches.I think that a public school shouldnt be able to force kids to eat the food at school.

    April 25, 2011 at 12:06 pm |
  343. cameron

    i think that students should be allowed to bring there own lunches because some students might not like any of the food that they have there at school, also they might have alot of foods that they can not eat and it would be easier on the school if the parents fixed the kids lunch if they want to or if they can't have or eat certain things.

    April 25, 2011 at 12:21 pm |
  344. Nichole

    I don't believe the principle should be able to dictate what a student brings for lunch. Some students bring their lunch from home due to religious reasons, health reasons, or by parents request. In our finance class it's a fact that you could save anywhere from $100 – $200 a year by taking a sack lunch!

    April 25, 2011 at 12:24 pm |
  345. Hannah

    They should allow the children of the school to bring whatever lunch they want. The childs parent is responsible for the childs health and what they eat. The school district should not be able to control what the students eat. Alot of times its with health. The schools lunches are worse for them than a pb and j sandwhich would ever be.

    April 25, 2011 at 12:47 pm |
  346. kaleb

    Kids need bagged lunch because parents most of the time send there children healthy foods. I myself used to bag lunch and ate salads and fruits.I also say this is america and americans have the right to choose.

    April 25, 2011 at 12:47 pm |
  347. Waleel

    no bag lunches because people might get sick from their own lunch.

    April 25, 2011 at 12:53 pm |
  348. Augie

    Kids should get to bring there own lunch.The school shouldn't make kids eat stuff they don't want to eat. School lunches are not even that good, it's better to have your own lunch from home.

    April 25, 2011 at 1:20 pm |
  349. Eli

    Healthier? seriously? at my school, the advertisements for a bag of chips, cookies, and ice cream are practicly in my face! I usaully bring my own lunch, which usuallu consists of multiple fruits and vegatables, a Peanut butter sandwhich for protein, and MAYBE a treat of some sort. the fact that their making a kids buy their own food, which isn't really any healthier when it comes to nutriten, is wrong and dumb. they should at least give it to them for free instead of making them waste their allowance for a really dumb policy.

    April 25, 2011 at 3:54 pm |
  350. David

    We should have the right to bring what we want to eat at school and not let the school decied what we have to eat for lunch. Everyone doesn't like to be told what we can eat and not.

    April 25, 2011 at 5:06 pm |
  351. Audrey

    I think that this policy is utterly ridiculous. I know that a lot of my friends enjoy bringing their lunch and most kids have sense enough to remember a fruit or vegetable to make their lunch to awful.A lot of schools have set up nutrition gudielines so that a lunch is still healthy. I believe that a child needs to take action, it shouldn't be another thing for the school to worry about. People often complain of budget cuts, and making all children buy their lunch is an outrage!

    April 25, 2011 at 5:27 pm |
  352. rachel

    I think it's worthless, and that they should let them bring there lunches, because schools lunches are nasty and some kids might be allergic to some of there food, and most of the time, they feed them the same things over and over, and that's why they bring there own lunches. To me I bring my lunches if I had to or school lunches are not eve.n my type to eat. Kids need there energy and cheesebugers ant energy

    April 27, 2011 at 9:09 am |
  353. Anonymous

    What kind of policy is that? I always bring my own school lunch which consists of healthy food. It's the students choice on what they should bring. Whether it be healthy or not healthy. Besides, the school lunch at my school is not healthy at ALL!

    April 27, 2011 at 3:53 pm |
  354. matthew

    this is ridiculous kids should be allowed to eat and drink whatever they want at school for their lunches. it is just another way for the staff and faculty of a school to control the students lives

    April 27, 2011 at 3:53 pm |
  355. chusca

    i think that this is a very bad idea because schools do not always serve the healthiest food. Some schools do not even provide healthy food. They provide healthy food and junk food for the students to choose from and they choose the junk food.

    April 27, 2011 at 3:53 pm |
  356. unknown

    What if kids cant afford to buy lunch every single day?
    Do they go hungry?

    April 27, 2011 at 3:53 pm |
  357. Ketzia

    I dont think this is a good idea because kids should be able to decide what they want to eat, and its not up to the school what they eat. I doubt that an elementary school child would be doing their own lunch at home anyway, it must be his or her parents who does their lunch so it must be healthy as well.

    April 27, 2011 at 3:54 pm |
  358. Michelle

    i think this is a ridiculous policy. Naturally parents encourage their kids to take home lunch because most of the time it is healthier than the food choices. the food choices at school can also be pricey for parents who dont have enough money to pay for their school lunch. to take away this option is the worst idea a school could do.

    April 27, 2011 at 3:54 pm |
  359. Brielle

    I feel that it's a kids choice on what they should bring to school. Whether it be healthy or non-healthy food. I personally bring healthy food everyday from home because the lunch at my school is not healthy at ALL and tastes artificial. :P

    April 27, 2011 at 3:54 pm |
  360. Eric

    Students as americans should have the right to eatt anything they choose. Trying to restrict that is unfair, unnecessary, & totally idiotic.

    April 27, 2011 at 3:55 pm |
  361. veronica

    I think students should be able to bring bagged lunches because not every kid can pay for school lunch everyday.

    April 27, 2011 at 3:55 pm |
  362. Paulina

    i think that students should be allowed to bring lunch from home because not all schools have healthy food to it. They are taking away a right of the students to be able to bring lunch to school. Its either now they can eat or not and that's not right.

    April 27, 2011 at 3:55 pm |
  363. Johnson

    The fact that bagging lunch is banned can be good, yet is bad. In my opinion this only means that children who eat very unhealthy and fattening foods, will force them to eat possibly healthy foods. This really depends on the school food, if anything the school should give better choices in food before they assume every child bringing food is eating health damaging food. Hopefully we don't get into too many assumptions and just try surveying or statistically finding out how many kids actually eat something that is bad for them during lunch. If this begins to develop popularity what will happen to the snack shops that sell these unhealthy foods? Could this be just another way to get money for the school by preventing children to bring it from home? I'm not sure, this is an odd concept in itself.

    April 27, 2011 at 4:12 pm |
  364. tony

    the school shouldnt be allowed to enforce what the students are and arent allowed to eat.i see the benefits of the school possibly having healthier food than what the students might choose to bring from home but its still not right.

    April 27, 2011 at 4:17 pm |
  365. yordy

    I think it is wrong because the parents know what is good for them kids and what is bad for them and if children want junk food not matter What They are eating anyways

    April 27, 2011 at 4:18 pm |
  366. Nicole

    I say that this is outrageous! All students should have the choice to either bring lunches from home or buy from the school cafeteria. In some cases, I understand lots of students forget their lunches at home but for this rule, students also will leave their lunch money. And what about those kids who don't have the money to buy a $2 meal everyday? It would be easier for those parents to buy a 12 pack of snacks or something at the store for a lot cheaper cost. A lot of students will not like the cafeteria food in which the makers just rush to get it done with knowing its not the best if its not for them. STOP THIS!

    April 27, 2011 at 5:37 pm |