Yasmin Jackson, 24, had dropped her daughter off to a recommended neighborhood nursery school for her first day among classmates. She packed her daughter a standard lunch, but when she came to pick her up, her daughter told her she was hungry.
That’s when she noticed that her daughter had not eaten her packed chicken sandwich, and other snacks.
When she confronted the teacher, she was told that her daughter wasn’t fed the entire day. The workers had apparently refused the child her meal because they were not sure if the chicken in the sandwich that Jackson packed was halal.
“When I picked her up at the end of the day the first thing she said to me was, ‘Mummy I’m really hungry, can I have my lunch now?’” Jackson said.
Jackson spoke with the manager of the nursery about why her daughter was not allowed to eat her lunch and states she was told the staff did not know if it was healthy.
“‘There was a sandwich in there and we didn’t know what it was. We didn’t know if it was halal’,” Jackson claims the manager said.
“I said we are a Christian family and it was a chicken sandwich. And she said we don’t allow any non-halal meat in the nursery. So I thought this is just ridiculous,” Jackson continued.
Nursery manager Afsheen Siddik denies Jackson’s claims that Amari was starved.
The Standard reports that the nursery did try to feed Amari, offering her plain spaghetti, which she refused to eat.
A Facebook post by Jackson regarding the incident went viral on the internet and the Nursery was the victim of abuse and threats online.
Scotland Yard and Ofsted, a school watchdog organization, was called in for assistance.
“I deny the untrue and false allegations that have been made against myself and Kingswood Daycare Nursery,” said Siddik. “As a result I have informed Ofsted and the police who are currently dealing with this matter.”
However, Siddik and the daycare would not comment on their lunchtime policy.
“This is not about being anti-Muslim. It’s anti-starving my child, and anti-stupidness,” Jackson said.