Re: “Students protest over new litter policy,” September 21
I would like to clarify what the students were protesting about at Brent Kennedy elementary school. They were not protesting about a decision by school staff and school PAC introducing a boomerang lunch policy. They were protesting because they were not allowed to bring a snack outside during morning break and lunch recess, leaving them without food until they have lunch at 12:30.
I guess that was the way the principal could ensure that no garbage was left out in the playground, instead of trusting the students to dispose of their garbage properly.
For the past few years the school and parents have encouraged students to bring any litter they bring in their lunch back home. I don’t think most students and parents have any issues with this policy.
As per Mrs. Moll’s quote; she hopes they will learn that next time they come to her before organizing a protest. The students did go to her first, but obviously were not satisfied and decided to organize a protest to really get their point across.
The article would have been more balanced if the students were also interviewed to give them an opportunity to express their concerns.