Centre de l’enfant aux 4 Vents, a daycare facility in Ottawa, Canada, suspended Faith Murray, who is two years old, because she inadvertently violated the daycare center’s policy by bringing a cheese sandwich to school. Randy Murray, Faith’s father, admitted that he knew Faith had the sandwich in a baggie in their car, but thought she had left it there when they entered the school.
Randy Murray said, “Faith must have snuck a cheese sandwich into her pocket, into her hand, and nobody saw it, and went into the classroom. And by the time she was two steps in, one of the teachers had saw it, handed it back to me, and the next thing I know, we’re told we’re suspended for three days.”
The school’s policy is that children are not allowed to bring in “outside food.” If a child does bring in food and there are no peanuts, that causes a three-day suspension; if peanuts are included, the child is expelled. There are no exceptions. The daycare explained that the policy is there to protect children and workers with food allergies.