A primary school has banned sugary treats after the headteacher said parents who want their children to eat healthily are being “shamed” into buying unhealthy snacks.
Chasey Crawford-Usher, the headmistress of Wateringbury Primary School near Maidstone, Kent, said there is an expectation that every celebration has to involve sugar and parents are being pressured to go along with providing foods which fuel obesity and tooth decay.
Ms Crawford-Usher has been criticised for the ban, which comes four years after she prohibited fruit juices because she said they rot children’s teeth.
Olympic race walker Tom Bosworth, 29, was among those who waded into the debate, tweeting: “This head teacher is a moron. Common sense needs to be used here.
“What is happening to society to ban kids from having sweets on their birthday. Ban them every other day if you like, but let a child be a child on their birthday though.”
Another social media user wrote: “A prime candidate for being a senior member of the fun police.”
But others agreed with the head’s decision and said she had set an excellent example to other schools.
Ms Crawford-Usher insisted that the well-being of pupils should be the priority and she was not the fun police.