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Teachers Shamed A Little Girl For Bringing A Banana Muffin To School

Recently, the contents of a six-year-old's lunchbox caused a raucous debate at an elementary school in New Zealand due to the "healthy snack time" rule enforced by the school.

So what's in a muffin? That's what the staff at at a New Zealand elementary school wanted to know about the mysterious muffin sitting in Tammy Campbell's six-year-old daughter's lunchbox wanted to know. According to The Sun, Campbell filed a formal complaint after her six-year-old came home  from school telling her mom that she was not allowed to eat the homemade muffin at the allotted "healthy snack time" at school.

Furthermore, the six-year-old said that she was shamed and embarrassed in front of her classmates for bringing an inappropriate snack at the designated healthy snack time. Campbell's daughter's banana muffin was, in fact, gluten and sugar-free, yet it was still brought in front of the headteacher for inspection.

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Campbell says that the incident has impacted her daughter so much that she is scared she will get in trouble for eating her home-packed lunch. "Things like this - being made a spectacle of, in front of her peers - can definitely lead to young children having eating disorders or negative connotations around food or body image," Campbell told The Sun.

But headteacher Andrew Barker said in a statement that the muffin was refused because it was brought as a "healthy snack" and other children were asking why they hadn't been allowed to bring items, like muffins, as well, which are traditionally considered "healthy snacks." But Barker did insist that Campbell's daughter was allowed to eat the muffin later that same day.

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Campbell, on the other hand, says that she was not advised to pack another option as a healthier alternative. She says that the school only recently changed its nutritional values. After filing the formal complaint, Campbell says that she received an apology in which the school stated they were sorry for the "misunderstanding" and didn't mean to cause any harm to Campbell or her daughter.

What do you think about this story of muffin drama? Did the school make too much of it or did the mom take things too far? Whose side are you on? Let us know down in the comments! While you're down there, let us know what your favourite kind of muffins are to bake (or buy!)

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