Teachers across several states are patrolling hallways searching for students in possession of snack food contraband but there’s one hot & spicy treat that is Enemy Number One – Flamin’ Hot Cheetos.
“We don’t allow candy, and we don’t allow Hot Cheetos,” Rita Exposito, principal of Jackson Elementary School in Pasadena, Calif., told the Chicago Tribune. “We don’t encourage other chips, but if we see Hot Cheetos, we confiscate them – sometimes after the child has already eaten most of them.”
A spokesman for the Pasadena School system told Fox News that the ban was part of a district-wide wellness policy – and that most of the guidelines come from the federal government.
The spokesman said during school hours they are responsible for the students – and that includes their health.
There are reports of similar Cheetos crackdowns in Illinois and New Mexico.
In Albuquerque, a seventh grade health teacher sent a letter to parents calling for a ban on the Frito-Lay product.
The teacher at Lyndon B. Johnson M idle School warned parents that Hot Cheetos are not only unhealthy but can also spread germs – because the students share their Cheetos. The teacher also complained to parents that the snack food is too messy.
“They have that red dye in them and the kids get that all over their hands and track it all over everything and the custodians have to clean it up,” Albuquerque Schools spokesman John Miller told Fox News. “They’re not big fans of that.”
For the record, Miller said there’s not a district-wide ban on Cheetos.
“She wanted to explain to them how they really aren’t very good for you,” he said, defending the teachers’ letter. “She broke down the fat content and calories. She wanted to share the information with the parents.”
Parents were also required to sign the letter and return it to the school.
“Cheetos are not banned,” he said. “The teacher encouraged the parents to watch the amount of snacks that go to school with kids – either in lunches or worse yet – as lunches.”
The Chicago Tribune reported that several charter schools – and the entire Rockford School District – have banned the snack food by name – because of nutritional concerns.
Frito-Lay released the following statement to Fox News:
“Frito-Lay is committed to responsible and ethical marketing practices, which includes not marketing our products to children ages 12 and under. We also do not decide which snacks are available on school campuses and do not sell snack products directly to schools.”