A mum has hit out at a York school’s decision not to allow her daughter to drink juice in the classroom.
And why does she think her daughter should be able to do this?
Well, she’s got a disability, innit?
Liz Norburn’s seven-year-old daughter, Jessica Hooton, is a pupil at Yearsley Grove Primary School in Huntington and has a doctor’s note to say that, because she suffers from bad cystitis and urine infections, she must drink fluids regularly.
Sharp-eyed readers will have already noted that the word there is ‘fluids’, not ‘fruit juice’…
Well, Ms Norburn has an answer for that:
Ms Norburn said that although the school allows pupils to drink water in class, her daughter will only drink water with juice diluted in it, and if she doesn’t drink she can be left in pain and discomfort.
She’s seven. Seven. Frankly, if she can’t figure out that the ‘pain and discomfort’ is caused by her faddish drinking regime, and moderate her intake accordingly, then she’s got a lot more wrong with her than cystitis…
But mum is on the warpath at any suggestion that her precious little princess should have to change her drinking regime to fit in with others:
“I feel like Jessica is being singled outand she’s been really upset by it.“If she was in a wheelchair you wouldn’t ask her to leave it outside the classroom door, why ask my daughter to leave her juice in her bag?”
Yes, if you are just picking yourself up off the floor, having fallen to the ground in sheer amazement at the arrogance of comparing an actual, physical disability with her daughter’s faddish drinking requirement, join the club…
The school, admirably, are not backing down:
“Should any child have a health condition which requires them to drink a specific amount of fluid at regular intervals, we would treat this as an official medical procedure to be carried out under supervision in the medical room.”
So, there you are, Ms Mullen. Your daughter can drink water in the classroom like all the other kids, or go to the medical room and sip Orangina under the watchful eye of the school nurse.