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N.H. teacher erroneously interpreted candy policy, Supt. says


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EPPING, NH ( -- A New Hampshire teacher, who told a four-year-old she couldn't have candy with her lunch, misinterpreted the school district's policy.

Michelle Kelly said candy corn she packed for her daughter, Sarah, was sent home twice. When she asked Sarah why she didn't eat the candy, the child informed her mother the teacher said she couldn't have any candy.

While dropping the child off the following day, Kelly spoke to another teacher about the incident. The teacher told her candy is not allowed under the school's policies.

"But then thinking about it, I should have the right to put what's in my kitchen in her bag if I want to," said Kelly. "Obviously I don't send candy in every day. It should be our choice."

Kelly's fiancee, School Board Chairman David Mylott, said the district has a wellness policy which is party of a federal mandate to get more healthy snacks and meals in schools. But Mylott said the policy is often misinterpreted, so he brought it up at a board meeting.

"The superintendent, and I'll give her credit, she stepped up and recognized there was a miscommunication. The policy is supposed to be that we provide suggestions and guidance for parents and recommendations for healthy snacks," said Mylott.

While students aren't allowed to bring in sweets or unhealthy snacks for the entire class, and parents are encouraged to pack healthy food, candy itself is not banned.

"I had candy as a snack when I was a kid," said Kelly. "I'm worried if we make all the rules for these guys they're not going to know how to make their own choices."