££-Schoolboy-Riley-Pearson-3099489In a shocking turn of events, a British parochial school has decided to expel two young brothers, one age six and the other four, for allegedly violating its healthy eating policy. Colnbrook C of E Primary School in Berkshire says six-year-old Riley Pearson repeatedly broke the rules by bringing cheese crackers, which the institution sees as nutritionally unbalanced, that his mother packed for him to school. Controversy erupted after young Riley was found with the snack food multiple days in a row, despite the school’s stated prohibition of all things chocolatey, sweet, crispy and fizzy. Upon meeting with the administration, Riley’s parents, Natalie and Tom, expressed disagreement with the school’s position that the crackers are unhealthy, as they have always been balanced with an array of other proteins, fats and carbohydrates. But the school did not relent, insisting that Riley stop bringing the crackers to school. And when it was perceived that his parents planned to continue packing his and his brother’s lunches the way they saw fit, Riley’s initial suspension was turned into an expulsion, and his younger brother, who was still in the school nursery, was also given the boot. “We just do not see how they have the right to tell us what we can feed our son,” lamented the boys’ mother. “If anything, Riley is underweight and could do with putting on a few pounds. Having a balanced diet also includes eating some carbohydrates, sugars and fats.” More