Raising The Next Generation Of Entitlement Junkies

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.

Your move.

10 comments for “Raising The Next Generation Of Entitlement Junkies

  1. October 5, 2011 at 11:33 am

    Many training booklets for body builders list “juicing” as one of the worst things you can do, putting money in the pockets of companies, with no gain and some harmful effects, e.g. overloading with sugar at the worst time.

    • October 6, 2011 at 5:53 am


  2. Mudplugger
    October 5, 2011 at 9:58 pm

    In all my 12 years at different schools, there was never a single child with any form of ‘medical need’ – no special drinks, no pills, no inhalers and, guess what, none of them died.

    Stop pandering to them. Best plan would be to send any kids with such faddish ‘needs’ to a single special school in each area – with any additional transport costs funded by the parents. Amazingly, those ‘medical needs’ will quickly vanish like election manifesto promises.

    • October 6, 2011 at 5:53 am

      I think I can recall one diabetic child, and that was it.

      • JohnQ
        October 6, 2011 at 9:34 pm

        We had breaks every 2 hours. If you needed to take medicine, you went to the nurse during the break.

  3. Jeremy Poynton
    October 6, 2011 at 2:59 pm

    I’m pretty sure that many fruit juices exacerbate cystitis.

    • October 7, 2011 at 6:56 am

      Indeed – the only one recommended for it is cranberry.

      • Flisspops
        October 25, 2011 at 11:32 am

        And that’s if it ain’t loaded with sugar (as most juices are). Juice = acidity including apple. dilute all 50:50 with water.

  4. October 6, 2011 at 9:21 pm

    The child has clearly got the mother over a barrel – small wonder the woman’s lashing out left, right and centre when her daughter is blackmailing her like this.

    Mind you, I’m not sure I have much sympathy with a woman who clearly views ‘Angry People in Local Newspapers’ as an instruction manual.

  5. bollixed
    October 6, 2011 at 9:41 pm

    We always had one kid at any school with one leg shorter than the other. They either had one shoe with a platform sole or had a caliper. Where did all those interesting kids go?

    Yeah, lactose intolerance used to be the chubby, farty kid in the class. Attention Deficit Disorder = the extrovert. Being an extrovert now is a disorder. Good grief. 😯

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