Headteacher bans birthday sweets in school claiming the ‘nightmare tradition’ is destroying children’s teeth

A HEADTEACHER who banned crisps from lunchboxes last year has now has forbidden birthday sweets to crack down on rotting baby teeth.

Branding birthday sweets a “nightmare tradition”, Chasey Crawford-Usher from Wateringbury Primary School has been slammed by Olympic medallist for her new rule.

Wateringbury Church of England Primary School has welcomed in the new sugar-free rule

Ms Crawford-Usher told Kent Online:  “There is this assumption that every that every celebration has to involve sugar and I think we need to change children’s perceptions about that as well as parents’.

“I can understand how it started, I think it probably goes back years and years. My view is that things have changed today and the amount of sugar children consume is out of all proportion to what they should be eating, and therefore the tradition is no longer acceptable.”

Tom Bosworth, Olympic race walker criticised the head, saying: “What is happening to society to ban kids from having sweets on their birthday.

NIGHTMARE TRADITION

“Ban them every other day if you like, but let a child be a child on their birthday.”

Since announcing the birthday ban she has been called “cruel and unsympathetic” by furious parents.

With around 30 children per class, sweets and chocolate were being handed out most weeks, something Ms Crawford-Usher said was “out of control”.

Ban them every other day if you like, but let a child be a child on their birthday

Tom Bosworth, Olympic medallist

Some parents are on board with the decision, she explained that she had mums and dads telling her that they felt “under pressure” to comply with the tradition of bringing sweets for the class even though they didn’t agree with it.

Nearly 13,000 children under the age of five needed to have teeth removed last year because of their sugar intake.

Ms Crawford-Usher said: “It sets conflict at every level – the whole thing is just a nightmare for schools, and a nightmare for parents.”

Almost nine in ten hospital tooth extractions among young children are for rotten teeth and more are being removed now than 50 years ago – despite better dental care and knowledge.


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