The Kent, Washington school district has changed their food options and removed all pork products, in order to accommodate Muslim dietary needs according to a frustrated parent. Dave Brabo, a resident of Renton, Washington recently expressed his concerns with the new policy to school officials.
Specifically Mr. Brabo spoke with the school’s Director of Nutritional Services, Tom Ogg, who informed him that “he was well aware of the issues (and the slippery slope) with the changes to menu options due to Muslim religious beliefs, but he said lots of Muslims had complained and threatened the school by reporting them to the U.S. Department of Education.”
Mr. Brabo was told that if the school system doesn’t “accommodate the Muslim dietary needs that their federal and state funding would be cut or pulled.”
He was told that the school system may be doing this in order to better accommodate incoming refugees.
The administration also told Mr. Brabo that they were obligated under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to "reasonably accommodate" this religious group’s needs. He was told that it’s for documented disabilities (physical or cognitive) and not for religious exceptions.
This school district is removing pork products from their menu, and labeling all food, so Muslims can know if any food item has pork in it. This modification affects no other religious affiliation.
Mr. Brabo was also told by Mr. Ogg, the school principal, and two nutritional service employees to “drop it and they were fearful of reprisal from the School District Administration and that funding would be cut if we didn't fall in line.”
This is unacceptable. If there is enough backlash to this ridiculous new policy, the school system will listen. But you must speak up!
We strongly urge you to call the Kent, Washington School District and voice your strong opposition to their new food policy. Express to them that the food choices for all students should not be dictated by one particular religion or group.
Pertinent contact information is noted below:
Kent School District
12033 SE 256th St
Kent, WA 98030-6503
Phone (253) 373-7000
Dr. Calvin J. Watts, Superintendent
Tom Ogg, Director of Nutritional Services
This type of ridiculousness will continue to occur in school districts all across this country unless we speak up now and do something about it.
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Let them know that you do not agree with this decision and they should not allow one group or religion to dictate the food choices for all students. This is outrageous and completely unacceptable.
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