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Connecticut candy ban focused on letter of law; not intent

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According to a February 7 article in Fox News; Hawthorn Consolidated Schools in Connecticut has notified parents that they will not be allowing students to distribute candy for Valentine’s Day.

In letters sent to parents; educators cited food allergies as the reason for the ban. Childhood obesity was said to be a primary driver of the decision.

According to the CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention) childhood obesity is rising at an alarming rate. In 1980, 7% of all children ages 6-11 were considered obese. In 2010, that number grew to almost 18%.

Obesity is thought to increase the chances on developing diabetes and cardiovascular diseases.

One Christian called the candy ban a gross overreaction.

“According to the Holy Bible; we are to abstain from meat if it causes our brother to stumble. Is that the case here? This is one day where students give a piece of candy to another. Given the recent challenges of violence that we have had in our schools; we should encourage benevolence and giving; not attempt to get rid of it! The Bible speaks of the need to understand the intent of God’s word, and not focus intently on the letter of it.”

One anonymous parent wondered out loud why, at a time when sexuality is still a struggle for young people, Cupid, the mythical god of passion, is not banned from schools; but candy is. Are they removing vending machines as well?

Source: Fox News

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