Like most 2-year-olds on any given day of the week, Faith Murray just didn't want to eat her breakfast. So while packing her up for school, her dad Randy let her take the sandwich with her for the ride, in the hopes she would finish more of it on the way. What he didn't notice, amid the rush to get little Faith off to day care in time, was that she had stuck the sandwich back in its zip-top bag and into her pocket again, before toddling off into class.
Apparently, Faith's day care—Centre de l'enfant aux 4 Vents in Ottawa, Canada—has a seriously strict policy on bringing outside food into the classroom. And we mean seriously strict. The day care rules state that any outside food brought into class will result in a three-day suspension. And if any of those foods contain nuts? Well, in those cases, the perpetrators are full-on expelled.
Seem a bit harsh to you? Us, too. But the day care's director Deb Ducharme insists that it's all for the benefit of the kids themselves, and that the parents are well aware of these rules when they sign on.
"We do have children with multiple allergies, and the parents are more than happy that we have all these things in place to protect the children, Ducharme told CBC News. She notes that the policy is also clearly noted on a sign outside of the day care entrance. One problem: It's in French, which Murray admits he can't read well enough to understand.
As for the cheese sandwich, it was discovered only moments after Faith entered the classroom, and Murray claims it was all an honest mistake. "By the time she was two steps in, one of the teachers saw it, handed it back to me and then the next thing you know, I'm told we're suspended," he told CBC News.
"I thought they were joking, actually," Murray continued, noting that the day care workers told him he could leave his four-year-old son there, but little Faith would have to go.
"I was like, 'Why would I bring one kid home and be home from doing work and everything ... I'd bring them both home, and that's the end of that," he said.
Murray is so miffed over the whole experience—which he says, was an honest mistake that should have been handled with a warning—that he's taking his two kids out of the day care altogether.
What do you think of this story? Was the day care justified, or should Faith have gotten off with a warning this time?