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Boy, 6, expelled from school following row over Mini Cheddars in his lunchbox

By Rarken  |  Posted: February 06, 2014

By Paul Turner / paul.turner@swwmedia.co.uk / @readmybook

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A row related to a packet of Mini Cheddars has led to a six-year-old boy being expelled from school.

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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.

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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.”

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  • TOLPUDDLE  |  February 09 2014, 7:49PM

    Lost for words political correctness gone mad.

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  • watchman59  |  February 07 2014, 8:37PM

    Another power crazy idiot

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  • mynyddgwair  |  February 07 2014, 8:17AM

    Here we have a case of the Head Teacher becoming the bully,it's not playing fair to score points off children and that's exactly what's happening,as long as this child is behaving and learning....does it really matter what's in his lunch box?

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  • siarad2  |  February 06 2014, 10:57PM

    Next year all the rest will be expelled when the 'healthy' food becomes bad. These things change change like the weather, once it was' go to work on an egg', then eggs are dangerous now they're healthy again. Then it was 'dinka pinta milk a day', guess what it became bad & now it's good. Remember our Olympic runner who eats bread & jam, now that I'm sure is banned from lunch boxes but he said it's a perfect breakfast with jam providing instant energy & bread providing long term energy. Remember a little knowledge is a dangerous thing & with diets it seems we always have a little knowledge this year & a different little knowledge next year.

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