An American mother has taken to social media to share her Pringle problem with the world.
As Megan Peavey explained in her TikTok video, she’d sent her three-year-old son to school with some chips in his lunchbox to enjoy when snacktime rolled around.
However, the staff at the school weren’t exactly of the opinion that Pringles were the right choice, going so far as to suggest Megan had purposefully done the wrong thing and given her child something ‘unhealthy’.
“Look at what happened to me today,” she said in the now-private clip. “I sent my son to school with Pringles, which is a very age appropriate snack for a three year old.”
She went on to explain that the school had responded by sending the boy home with his empty chip container, the line “please help us make healthy choices at school” written across it in bold black marker.
“They wrote that on his Pringles cup,” she said, “they snack shamed my three year old, they snack shamed me, by writing that passive-aggressively on his trash.
After asking viewers what they might do in that situation, she described how she got in touch with the school, calling them out on what they’d done, and they “did not label things as healthy and unhealthy” in their house “because that starts eating disorders”.
“Do you think that’s ridiculous?” came her final question. “Because I f***ing do.”
Megan later shared an update on the entire situation, outlining how she had spoken to the school’s director, and was told “it was passive-aggressive of me to keep sending Pringles after the note”.
But, as she pointed out, she didn’t believe Pringles to be an ‘unhealthy’ snack like they did.
“I consider things like Doritos, Cheetos, and Milky Way bars to be unhealthy,” she noted, before adding that she regularly sends her son to school with the likes of granola bars with his other snacks, and that she just would have appreciated the school speaking to her directly without leaping to the note.
Megan stood her ground and didn’t apologise to the educators, before she “walked downstairs and I just checked my son out – we’re done there.”
Her comments were flooded by fellow parents who were more than eager to back her up, with many noting that they may not have handled it so well themselves – one even wrote that she’d have sent her child with an entire tub and a handwritten “no thank you” the next day.
“I cannot even explain how out of line and wild this seems to me – on the school’s part,” another said.
“On his birthday…send pringles for EVERY kid in the class,” someone suggested.
And one pre-k teacher even came forward to share her take, noting “never would I ever tell a family to ‘make healthy choices’. My girls get a bag of chips with their sandwiches, along with fresh fruit.”
This article first appeared on Over60.