School feeds rotten veggies to students, sparking parents’ protest
On the morning of October 13, parents who gave their children a ride to Dongfeng Elementary School in Zunyi, Guizhou province, saw a carful of food in bags unloaded and headed for the school’s kitchen. Curious about what their children have for lunch, they opened the bags, only to find that the ingredients of students’ meals had well gone bad.
Most vegetables in the bags have spoiled. Fluid oozed from green peppers. Eggplants were shriveled. Chinese cabbages were nothing but the tougher outer stems after the soft inner cores and the leafy parts were removed.
A mother who asked for anonymity told the reporter that her child goes to Dongfeng Elementary school. The child has been suffering from loss of appetite, nausea and diarrhea for a week. She thought it was caused by her child’s love of junk food, and did not expect that the school prepares these for the students.
As the crowd gathered, traffic near the elementary school was paralyzed, causing the police and local officials to come and maintain the order. When the school principal came out, a physical confrontation broke out.
A school employee told the reporter over the phone that the principal had called a special meeting on the issue. He also said that not all vegetables seen at the gate are going to be eaten by students. They would have to pass the inspection by the school authorities before being used as ingredients. Parents at the school gate “bought gossip and hearsay too easily” and blew it out of proportion without knowing the truth.
Parents gathered at the school gate, demanding an explanation from the school authorities.
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