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13-Year-Old Kyle Bradford Had a Choice: Share His School Lunch or Throw It Away — His Decision Led to Detention

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"When it comes to morals and manners and compassion, I believe it needs to start at home with the parent."

13-year-old Kyle Bradford. (Source: KRCR-TV screen shot)

Kyle Bradford went through the lunch line at Weaverville Elementary School in Weaverville, California, on Tuesday. He got a Chicken burrito. The only problem was he wasn't particularly hungry. When he got to his table, he saw a friend who had received a cheese sandwich.

13-year-old Kyle Bradford. (Source: KRCR-TV screen shot) 13-year-old Kyle Bradford. (Source: KRCR-TV screen shot)

That's when Bradford was faced with a choice: throw away his burrito, or give it to a friend who wasn't excited about his sandwich. He chose the latter, and that's when he was slapped with detention.

See, Trinity Alps Unified School District has a strict policy: students cannot share their lunches. They say it's to prevent the kids from giving items to each other that they might be allergic to, reports KRCR-TV.

Bradford, however, doesn't see the problem.

"It seemed like he couldn't get a normal lunch so 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 if I didn't eat it," he said.

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"We have a policy that prohibits students from exchanging meals," Tom Barnett, the district's superintendent, told the station. "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."

(Source: KRCR-TV screen shot) (Source: KRCR-TV screen shot)

Bradford's mother, Sandy, isn't too happy. She said the district shouldn't be punishing students for good deeds.

“By all means the school can teach them math and the arithmetic and physical education, but when it comes to morals and manners and compassion, I believe it needs to start at home with the parent,” she told the station.

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