Outrageous Parents Outraged After School Tells Students to Lose Weight
Some parents are outraged after their children brought home a letter from school officials questioning their weight.
During a physical education class, students at Hillcrest Elementary School in Belton, MO had to be measured and weighed to find out their body mass index.
But instead of mailing the results to parents, the school gave each child their results in a letter to take home.
Fox affiliate WDAF reported:
Amanda Moss said her daughter Kylee came home with the letter from her teacher.
“She wanted to know if it meant that she was fat because she saw ‘lose weight’ on it,” Moss explained. “Whenever she read it, she only needed help with one word and that was ‘body composition’, and when she knew that her number was bigger than the number for her age, she knew that it meant something.”
Kylee is seven years old, 3’10” and weighs 54 pounds.
“It was frightening to know that a child in second grade would worry about what their body image is,” Moss said.
Moss said she felt the note should’ve been sealed and sent home strictly for parents. She’s not the only parent who feels this way.
“We know that he has a health problem, and we don’t need a letter to remind me of that,” Heidi Hickam said.
Hickam says her 10-year-old son, Kaleb, has a liver disease and is already insecure about his weight.
“If they’re going to send it home without it being in an envelope , where it’s exposed where all the kids can get into someone’s backpack and see the biggest kid in the class’s BMI and then maybe tease and bully him about it,” Hickam said.
Belton Superintendent Dr. Andrew Underwood told WDAF that the notes are sent home with every elementary school student in order to promote a healthy lifestyle.
“We did not mean anything malicious by it. I think our teachers are just really trying to help out,” Dr. Underwood said to WDAF.
He said that families will be notified in advance from this point on.