TEACHERS are forever trying to ram home the healthy eating message, but one school has taken this to extremes, by expelling a boy following a row over Mini Cheddars.
Six-year-old Riley Pearson was initially banned from lessons at Colnbrook C of E primary, near Slough, for contravening the school’s strict lunchbox policy.
But he has now been expelled, along with his little brother, after his parents spoke to the media about the row.
Tom Pearson, the boy’s father, told the Daily Mail: “I’m just devastated.
He said headteacher Jeremy Meek phoned him to explain his decision.
“He rang and told me the decision had been made to exclude Riley permanently and we had given the school a bad reputation because of the media coverage.”
Mr Meek said the school’s relationship with the family had ‘irretrievably broken down’ in the row over the healthy eating policy.
Action would be taken against pupils who ‘persistently and deliberately breached school policy by bringing in crisps, biscuits, sausage rolls, mini sausages and scotch eggs’, he said.
He told parentdish.co.uk: “We have not excluded a pupil for just having Mini Cheddars in their lunchbox, but where there is a persistent and deliberate breach of school policy.
“The school would only use a permanent exclusion as a final resort when all other avenues have been exhausted.”
The family had made it clear they would not be following the healthy eating guidelines, he said.
But Natalie Mardle, the partner of Riley’s dad, said: “I would understand the exclusion if he was constantly throwing tables around or bullying other children, but it is just ridiculous for a packet of Mini Cheddars.”