A private catholic school in the US is facing a social media storm after it issued a ban on parents bringing forgotten lunches in for their children.
Catholic High School for Boys, in North Little Rock, Arkansas, shared a photo of its own door sign on August 10 to Facebook, which reads: ‘If you are dropping off your son’s forgotten lunch, books, homework, equipment etc., please TURN AROUND and exit the building. Your son will learn to problem-solve in your absence.’
The post has since gained more than 70,000 ‘likes’ and more than 3,600 comments with some applauding the school – which educates boys aged between 14 and 18 – for teaching students ‘autonomy’ and others accusing the $4,400-a-year school of ‘starving’ them.
The school’s principal Steve Straessle told Arkansas Matters: ‘It’s simply to help boys avoid the default switch of calling mom and dad when things don’t go right to bail them out.’
And one student, Patrick Wingfield, said: ‘It makes me think for myself and not rely on other people to do things for me. And if I make a mistake, I need to learn from it and try to fix it.’
But the new rule has social media divided.
One woman, Dani Leppo, commented: ‘Because starving your children is a great way to enhance their educational development. Jesus would definitely tell your hungry child to “problem solve” his way out of it. Hypocrites.’
And a teacher, Fred Simpkins, concurred, stating: ‘I totally disagree with this […] I’d be pretty upset if I was paying a lot of money for my child to have a private school education and wasn’t allowed to bring him/her something he/she forgot. I’m a teacher and guess what folks? I FORGET THINGS TOO!’
Others, however, took the opposite stance.
Tom Massmann wrote: ‘Teach your high school kid a little self-sufficiency. Can’t believe people are actually upset about this sign.’
And Joani Matthews remarked: ‘OMG this says it is a Catholic High School for boys not an elementary school, not first grade, this is a high school for boys.
‘I agree if they do not have their act together by now the parents need to turn around walk away and let their child suffer the consequence or they will never grow up to be young men.’
Caren Caruthers Crossland added: ‘Your child will not die if they forget their lunch and you are not a bad parent by letting them figure it out on their own. Society will thank you one day when your son is a productive citizen because you didn’t do everything for him.’
This article originally appeared on the Daily Mail.