AURORA, Colo., April 29 (UPI) -- A Colorado mother said her daughter's preschool teacher barred her from eating the Oreo cookies packed in her lunch because they are not "nutritious."
Leeza Pearson, whose 4-year-old daughter, Natalee, attends private school The Children's Academy in Aurora as an Aurora Public Schools student under the state's preschool option plan, said Natalee returned home from school Friday and told her she was not allowed to eat her Oreo cookies at lunch.
Pearson said Natalee still had the cookies, which had been packed along with a ham and cheese sandwich and a stick of string cheese, along with a note from her teacher.
The note read:
"Dear Parents, It is very important that all students have a nutritious lunch. This is a public school setting and all children are required to have a fruit, a vegetable, and a healthy snack from home, along with milk. If they have potatoes, the child will also need bread to go along with it. Lunchables, chips, fruit snacks, and peanut butter are not considered to be a healthy snack. This is a very important part of our program and we need everyone's participation."
"I don't agree with it at all," Pearson told KMGH-TV.
"They don't provide lunch for my daughter. I provide lunch," Pearson said. "It's between me and the doctor in terms of what's healthy for her."
An Aurora Public Schools spokeswoman said Natalee was offered a healthy alternative to the cookies.
The director of The Children's Academy said the note should not have been sent out and is being investigated. She said the school does not have any policies regarding telling students what they can or can't eat at lunch time.