Thirteen-year-old Kyle Bradford isn't exactly the kind of kid who often lands himself in detention. By all accounts, he's one of the good ones—a generous caring, and compassionate eighth-grade guy who will do anything for a friend in need. Even if, say, that friend has a hankering for a chicken burrito.
Last weekend, that's exactly the scene that went down in the cafeteria at Weaverville Elementary School in the small town of Weaverville, Calif. Kyle had opted for the chicken burrito on the lunch line, but barely touched it when he sat down to eat. He wasn't all that hungry, he later said, and frankly just wasn't that into it. (If we recall the Mexican lunch fare that our school served in elementary school, we totally get it, Kyle.) But his friend and fellow lunch-goer was into it. He had (perhaps unwisely) chosen the cheese sandwich, and wasn't a fan.
So instead of letting his friend go hungry, Kyle offered him his own lunch.
"I just wanted to give mine to him because I wasn't really that hungry and it was just going to go in the garbage," Kyle told KRCR-TV.
Aww, what a sweet kid, right? Wrong, according to school officials. An angry lunch lady school administrator saw the lunch switcheroo and immediately put the kibosh on it. The next thing Kyle knew, he was hauled off to the principal's office and slapped with one of these bad boys:
After news of the detention caught some media attention, the school clarified that it has a strict "no sharing" policy in the lunch room out of concern for kids with life-threatening allergies.
"Of course if students are concerned about other students not having enough to eat, we would definitely want to consider that, but because of safety and liability we cannot allow students to actually exchange meals," said Tom Barnett, Superintendent of Trinity Alps Unified School District.
OK, fair enough. But couldn't young Kyle get off with a warning or something? Getting thrown in detention for a good deed seems a bit harsh, no?