A mom in Tucson, Arizona, decided to convert to Islam. She sent her daughter, who is very white, and doesn’t dress in traditional muslim clothing, to school with a note stating that the child isn’t supposed to eat pork, because it is against their religion.
Of course, this child goes to school in Arizona, and it is a public school. They served the child a bacon cheeseburger. Instead of just peeling off the bacon, or doing something simple like making lunch for the child, the mom took to social media and lawyers to express her outrage.
“I want my religion to matter to you guys. My daughter shouldn’t have to go to school and be fearful of what’s she’s eating,” Nancy said.
Tucson News Now reports:
Nancy’s daughter is a second grader at Holaway Elementary School. Back in September, as requested by the school, Nancy provided them with a doctor’s note explaining that their family is Muslim and her daughter cannot eat any pork.
She said the school was accommodating. But then in December her daughter was served a bacon cheeseburger.
“The lunch lady was like, ‘No, too bad. Just pick it off.’ Picking it off doesn’t work because it’s in the hamburger,” Nancy said.
Upset and confused, Nancy went into the school to get answers on how that happened.
“The principal had said because she didn’t wear the traditional clothes and because she’s just a white girl that was going there she didn’t fit that normal stereotype of being Muslim – so it wasn’t obvious for them to follow the guidelines for her,” Nancy said.
Nancy was frustrated but decided to let it go. Then just days ago, her daughter came home with a cereal bar she was given at school. The bar contains gelatin, which is a byproduct of pork.
“And that was part if it. We told them we could send that – but at that same time she doesn’t want to have to be that different child,” said Nancy when asked why didn’t she pack a lunch for her daughter to take to school, to ensure that she wasn’t eating any pork.
Amphi’s statement also reads, “We encourage families with children with any special dietary needs to make sure they are educating their children about what to look for so they know what is acceptable and what they should avoid. Every child is different and we do our best to ensure a healthy,
accommodating environment for all of our students.”
Nancy told Tucson News Now she’s hoping others will learn from this but says if it continues, she may file a civil lawsuit.
The Amphi school district posts their school lunch menus on-line in advance and parents can request the ingredient lists.
This is the district’s full statement:
“Even though the district is not required to accommodate special dietary needs based solely on religious purposes, our district nutritionist and food services staff plan menus that are compliant and meet the various nutritional guidelines, as well as include food options that are the best fit for the food preferences of the school. We encourage families with children with any special dietary needs to make sure they are educating their children about what to look for so they know what is acceptable and what they should avoid. Our menus are always posted online and you can request the ingredient list for any food item you are unsure about. In situations where there are special food requirements or restrictions, we encourage you to meet with our district nutritionist to discuss the best options for your family. The best way to ensure a meal meets any special dietary needs is to send a meal from home that you have prepared. Every child is different and we do our best to ensure a healthy, accommodating environment for all of our students.”