Martha Payne [9] and lying school officials

Via This is True:

Martha Payne, 9, thought her school lunches were not healthy enough, and not big enough. She declared the servings “a wee bit small and sometimes they’re not very nice either.”

Like what? “I’m a growing kid and I need to concentrate all afternoon,” she wrote in her new blog, “and I can’t do it on one croquette. Do any of you think you could?”

She included a photo of the lunch she was given at her unidentified school in Argyll and Bute, Scotland. Within days, the blog “Never Seconds” went viral, attracting celebrity chefs, the BBC, and more than a million visitors.

A school official went on the BBC to defend the school.

“The lady on the radio said I had a choice everyday of mini tomatoes and watercress,” Martha replied on her blog, “but I have never seen them.”

Shamed school officials announced they will allow students an unlimited amount of fruit, vegetables, and bread. Martha was ecstatic: “For the first time ever I have seen at lunch cherry tomatoes, radishes, carrot and cucumber shreddings,” she told blog visitors. (RC/Time)

Apart from the power of the media, the power of little girls on cold hearts and the appallingness of school meals to cut costs to the school and balance the budget, there is one simple fact behind all this:

That official lied through her teeth. She told an out and out porky on regional radio and it took a kid to out her. That is the face of public life these days in the UK – it’s quite OK to lie to the public. Weren’t schools once moral arbiters?

5 comments for “Martha Payne [9] and lying school officials

  1. Rossa
    June 12, 2012 at 16:24

    “…they will allow students…”

    Key word ‘allow’. How very generous of them to allow the children to eat. Shows the kind of attitude the kids are up against every school day. Wonder how long that will last after the furore dies down.

    Cynicism, moi?

  2. June 12, 2012 at 17:37

    The tyranny of childhood.

  3. June 12, 2012 at 17:51

    And the child, if I may so, sounds horrific.

  4. June 12, 2012 at 19:30

    Precocious perhaps?

  5. Moggsy
    June 13, 2012 at 09:14

    “mini tomatoes and watercress,”

    Sooo mini they can’t easily be seen, so few they get snapped up real quick, or so just not there?

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