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(KITV Honolulu)   School threatens to fire 24-year-old teacher's assistant because she's: A) sleeping with students, B) sending naked pics to students, C) eating her homemade organic lunches in front of the students   (kitv.com) divider line 24
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2013-05-17 01:27:00 AM
7 votes:
From TFA: When Carissa Lee O'Connell's husband Rick began preparing organic home lunches for his wife four months ago, the goal was to improve her severe nasal allergies.

"Instantly the allergies went away, the colds disappeared and it's all from just eating raw, natural organic food," Rick O'Connell, 53, told KITV4.



Anyone want to bet on this being psychosomatic / placebo effect?
2013-05-17 02:03:43 AM
4 votes:
cubicghost - What is the big deal?

Umm... the fact that if you eat the school swill, (which aggravates her allergies), you get 30 minutes. If you choose to eat your healther food, you get a whole ten minutes. Its not fair. Of course, I can hear the 'who said life is fair' crew warming up in the wings, so let me make sure to point out that it is people who make life unfair. Life knows no such concept. Humans created it. And, therefore, humans can strive to make fairness in everyones life.
2013-05-17 01:53:21 AM
4 votes:
If they won't let her eat her own lunch and expect the teachers to talk with the kids about the food, that is not a "break", and she needs to be given an actual lunch break. Not 10 minutes, and not "you can try to eat during nap time" (when chances are at least one kid won't sleep, plus there's tons to do to get the place in order while the little hellions sweethearts are quiet.) Whether her diet is legit or flaky is beside the point unless she's bringing in stuff that could cause problems for the kids.
2013-05-17 12:05:58 AM
4 votes:
I farking hated it when teachers would eat in front of us in class. We would be sitting there hungry and not allowed to so much as chew gum, and the teachers would sit there sipping on Diet Sprite and eating Chex Mix. Awesome.
2013-05-17 01:43:47 AM
3 votes:

Fell In Love With a Chair: They expect her to field questions about the food being served, so that's why she can't eat her prepared lunch? Have these assholes ever met a pre-schooler? Those lil farkers will eat anything not nailed down- they think the litter box is an almond roca dispenser. Christ.


Yeah, not sure why this would prevent her from discussing the food with the kids. I mean, other than the taste of it. In fact her explanation of why she's not eating it could be a teachable moment for the students.
2013-05-17 01:52:32 AM
2 votes:

berylman: KeithLM: It has nothing to do with her food being organic though, as much as the headline would like us to believe.
Thankya.  Not sure why they had a code of separating the teachers from kids during mealtimes but her diet choice had apparently nothing to do with it...but it makes a nice side story for the oblivious.


Read again.  They want the teachers to eat with the kids, eating the same food.  Teachers who bring their own food are supposed to scarf it down during a 10 min break rather than flaunt their non-conformity.
2013-05-17 01:29:08 AM
2 votes:
They expect her to field questions about the food being served, so that's why she can't eat her prepared lunch? Have these assholes ever met a pre-schooler? Those lil farkers will eat anything not nailed down- they think the litter box is an almond roca dispenser. Christ.
2013-05-17 01:58:44 PM
1 votes:

LesserEvil: I don't see the problem here. She can eat whatever she wants, but if it's not the school's food, she cannot eat it in front of the students.

Why is this so hard for people like her?

Nobody is discriminating against her for her food choice, and the only reason she is being "singled out" is because she is the only one breaking the rule, much like criminals are "singled out" for, you know, breaking the law.

Cripes, lady, go to the break room, eat your "organic raw vegan lunch" and STFU already.
Looks like she is required to work during her "break"  OSHA says you get 30 mins for lunch, so long as i am not drink beer or cocktails infront of the little snowflakes what i eat is my on business. If i am required to wok then it is not a "break"

The organic crowd is mildly annoying - pushing food for the world that is unsustainable at the Earth's current population numbers.

The Organic Vegan crowd is slightly more annoying, many wandering into PETA territory with their condescending attitudes about animal treatment.

Organic Vegan Raw morans are, well, morans. Some foods have to be cooked. These people are in the far extreme and usually militantly outspoken, blabbing to everybody, every minute of the day, about the "health benefits" of their food choices.

She falls into the last category. If she wants to be fired because of that choice, well, it is her choice to be fired.

2013-05-17 08:01:45 AM
1 votes:
I don't see the problem here. She can eat whatever she wants, but if it's not the school's food, she cannot eat it in front of the students.

Why is this so hard for people like her?

Nobody is discriminating against her for her food choice, and the only reason she is being "singled out" is because she is the only one breaking the rule, much like criminals are "singled out" for, you know, breaking the law.

Cripes, lady, go to the break room, eat your "organic raw vegan lunch" and STFU already.

The organic crowd is mildly annoying - pushing food for the world that is unsustainable at the Earth's current population numbers.

The Organic Vegan crowd is slightly more annoying, many wandering into PETA territory with their condescending attitudes about animal treatment.

Organic Vegan Raw morans are, well, morans. Some foods have to be cooked. These people are in the far extreme and usually militantly outspoken, blabbing to everybody, every minute of the day, about the "health benefits" of their food choices.

She falls into the last category. If she wants to be fired because of that choice, well, it is her choice to be fired.
2013-05-17 05:28:28 AM
1 votes:

99.998er: So is that organic food gimmick a younger chick magnet thing? I am going to try it.

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It is. That older guy who works the register at whole foods gets more tang than a an astronaut.
2013-05-17 03:46:06 AM
1 votes:
FTFA: "It's definitely a possibility," said Lee O'Connell, "but it's not to say that it's guaranteed that during my break time I'm not going to have a personal issue that comes up, and I have to take care of that first before I can be able to sit down to eat."

Is this the world's most complicated way of saying "I might have to go to the toilet"?
2013-05-17 03:21:21 AM
1 votes:

buckler: KCAA president Christina Cox said O'Connell is allowed to eat homemade lunches during a paid break, or after kids go down for their nap, but the objective of lunch time is to provide a family-style setting where teachers and staff field questions about the food that's being served.

Huh?


Yeah, huh?

It is possible this is the dumbest school policy I have ever heard in my entire life, and that's saying quite a lot.
2013-05-17 03:16:37 AM
1 votes:

mamoru: From TFA: When Carissa Lee O'Connell's husband Rick began preparing organic home lunches for his wife four months ago, the goal was to improve her severe nasal allergies.

"Instantly the allergies went away, the colds disappeared and it's all from just eating raw, natural organic food," Rick O'Connell, 53, told KITV4.


Anyone want to bet on this being psychosomatic / placebo effect?


From stopping eating school lunches to eating actual food? Damn I'm 44 and still remember how god awful nasty school lunches were, how old are you that you think teachers eating actual food instead of school food is placebo when they get better?
2013-05-17 02:37:38 AM
1 votes:
If they make her eat with her students then she's working. She should get a 30 minute real lunch too.
2013-05-17 02:28:37 AM
1 votes:

worlddan: The reason this rule exists is because the kids are supposed to ask questions about the food they eat. What is being missed in this story is the fact that the food they eat is tied into the curriculum. For example, when they study Native Americans they serve corn...get it? So the school likely has a food of the day in the same what the Sesame Street had a letter ("This episode brought to you by the letter Q") and that is tied into what is being served to the kids for lunch. So by insisting that she gets to eat something different she is screwing up the curriculum.

An example of this type of curriculum is here.


Maybe I'd agree if she was the only teacher, but there's other teachers with her that can explain that while she eats her own meals. Also why's she gotta farking eat it? You can explain food without eating it, holy shiat.
2013-05-17 02:22:26 AM
1 votes:
The reason this rule exists is because the kids are supposed to ask questions about the food they eat. What is being missed in this story is the fact that the food they eat is tied into the curriculum. For example, when they study Native Americans they serve corn...get it? So the school likely has a food of the day in the same what the Sesame Street had a letter ("This episode brought to you by the letter Q") and that is tied into what is being served to the kids for lunch. So by insisting that she gets to eat something different she is screwing up the curriculum.

An example of this type of curriculum is here.
2013-05-17 02:20:36 AM
1 votes:
I could see this if she was bringing in Huli-huli black dog and a bucket of poi, but not wanting to eat the mass-produced processed food-substitute most public schools provide is reasonable and probably prudent. I'd go look for another job if I was her.
2013-05-17 02:07:44 AM
1 votes:
So is that organic food gimmick a younger chick magnet thing? I am going to try it.

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2013-05-17 01:59:30 AM
1 votes:
Hawaii doesn't have specific laws regarding adults and meal breaks, so federal law applies. If she is not paid for the lunch break, they are breaking the law because employees must be allowed to do what they want. Otherwise, she really has no recourse.
2013-05-17 01:58:29 AM
1 votes:

flondrix: Read again.  They want the teachers to eat with the kids, eating the same food.  Teachers who bring their own food are supposed to scarf it down during a 10 min break rather than flaunt their non-conformity.

You're  right! (apolizes, sincere).. damn that must suck scarfing down meat from the unknown zone ... I would bring a salad of my own design too.
2013-05-17 01:50:19 AM
1 votes:

mamoru: "Instantly the allergies went away, the colds disappeared and it's all from just eating raw, natural organic food," Rick O'Connell, 53, told KITV4.

Anyone want to bet on this being psychosomatic / placebo effect?


Possibly.  "Organic" is snake oil, but preparing lunches at home from scratch means more control over the ingredient list.

In any case, the school sounds like control freaks.  But of course that is redundant.
2013-05-17 01:39:29 AM
1 votes:
It has nothing to do with her food being organic though, as much as the headline would like us to believe.  It's just a matter of her eating outside food rather than which the school provides.  It's a pretty stupid rule though.  I can't see any real reason for it whatsoever.
2013-05-17 01:32:07 AM
1 votes:

mamoru: From TFA: When Carissa Lee O'Connell's husband Rick began preparing organic home lunches for his wife four months ago, the goal was to improve her severe nasal allergies.

"Instantly the allergies went away, the colds disappeared and it's all from just eating raw, natural organic food," Rick O'Connell, 53, told KITV4.


Anyone want to bet on this being psychosomatic / placebo effect?


And here I thought I was the only one thinking this.
2013-05-17 01:10:16 AM
1 votes:

Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom: I farking hated it when teachers would eat in front of us in class. We would be sitting there hungry and not allowed to so much as chew gum, and the teachers would sit there sipping on Diet Sprite and eating Chex Mix. Awesome.


While that annoying it's not what this teacher's assistant is doing.
 
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