Originally Posted by Dakota's Mom
I can't believe how judgmental some of you are being towards this child. She ate what she had to eat to avoid getting sick. If you were hiking 4 + miles a day, you would eat the calories as well.i
Erm, no. I absolutely would not. Nor would I have done so when I became vegan as a teen. I would have raised hell until they either fed me some proper vegan food or took me home. And if they refused to do either I likely would have hiked the heck out of there myself when they weren't looking.
I remember a 3 day hiking trip in a nature preserve in 4th grade where they failed to give us ample WATER.
Seriously. They gave us a single DIXIE CUP and said it was our only cup (this was in the days before plastic water bottles were so widely available) and not to lose it. Well, I didn't lose mine, but it sort of disintegrated and leaked, and the water was from those cooler dispensers and was often empty by the time I got to it.
So on the last day, a friend and I decided we would not participate in the long nature hike before departure--I have a good sense of direction--so we set off on the trail I knew would lead directly to the road, then sat there and waited until someone we knew drove along (it was a small town). I was so dehydrated it was terrible. I lay on the floor in front of a fan for 24 hours drinking endless water and oj with no appetite. My father, quite familiar with dehydration from his Navy time in the Phillipines, had a few choices words with the field trip organizers.
And on a Girl Scout camping trip, I remember smuggling in some of those hard-as-rocks granola bars in my pack (again, back in the day before all the soft sports bars and sweet granola bars were around), because I knew the food would suck (I wasn't even officially vegetarian then, but no way would I touch powdered milk, blech). I wouldn't have gone in the first place except that I was obsessed with earning every badge in the book....which I didn't end up doing anyhow because I moved.
Anyhooo...just want to say that if a kid is determined not to eat they crap, they probably won't. But if the OP's daughter chose to, fine. I do feel bad for her that the school dropped the ball so severely.