Opinion: Allowing Outside Food in School

By Kirsten Ahlrichs

There is a rule at Central High School that I simply do not agree with, and that rule is that no food from outside the building is allowed in in the building. Although the rule is understandable, kids should be able to bring food and drinks of their choice into the building.

Many students would like to be allowed to carry a small breakfast or snack into class. Photo courtesy of Marisa McClellan on Flickr.
Many students would like to be allowed to carry a small breakfast or snack into class. Photo courtesy of Marisa McClellan on Flickr.

We have a very nice school building so it should be kept clean, which is one reason why food is not allowed. Crumbs and wrappers tend to get left behind and make the school dirty, so I completely understand why food in the school is not desirable. Also, it can be a distraction. Students get off track if they are busy eating.

Beyond those issues, though, many teenagers do not get to eat breakfast, whether they were running late that morning or didn’t wake up early enough. They come to school hungry and aren’t allowed to eat until lunch time, which makes the students distracted during class, thinking about how hungry they are, or it makes them sneak food into school, which isn’t good either. There are also many students who need small snacks in between breakfast and lunch but do not get it, which causes them to lose energy, become tired, and lose focus during school. And, since there are only certain times the vending machines are open, they don’t have anywhere to get food when it’s needed.

I don’t suggest that kids should be allowed to bring a whole meal to class, but I believe a small snack to get them through the day won’t hurt. As long as the students keep the snack small and clean up any mess made, food from outside the building should be allowed to be brought into Central High School.

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