Update on Carolina Lunch Box Story


Mark of New Jersey

Mark is a Founding Editor of The League of Ordinary Gentlemen, the predecessor of Ordinary Times.

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18 Responses

  1. Avatar E.D. Kain says:


  2. Avatar MFarmer says:

    Thank goodness this is cleared up. I was on the verge of a breakdown worrying about it.Report

  3. Avatar Chris says:

    There truly is no private life left anymore.Report

  4. Avatar Jaybird says:

    Are we expected to see what we thought happened as intrusive or are we supposed to see that as perfectly acceptable even if it didn’t happen which it would have been okay if it did?Report

      • Avatar Jaybird says:

        Was the original freakout over the original story a reasonable one, assuming accurate information was delivered?

        Or was the original story (assuming accurate information) one that only crazy people would have objected to?

        Perhaps I am seeing an undercurrent of “it wouldn’t have mattered even if this had happened” when it isn’t there…Report

        • You mean “would the freakout have been reasonable if, in fact, the girl’s box lunch was taken after being formally inspected by a state agent pursuant to a generally applicable policy (whether state or federal)?”

          Not only would it have been reasonable, but I’d have been leading the charge.Report

        • Avatar greginak says:

          If the story was true as originally reported that the reaction would still have been ridiculous and over the top. Not that if true it wouldn’t have been wrong. But would there have been any evidence this was some wide spread policy or just some stupid thing done by one person. Lots of stupid things happen because some people do stupid things, that doesn’t make them federal cases, so to speak.Report

  5. Avatar wardsmith says:

    Mark, I think the next more interesting tack is to determine whether bad things are happening in schools because they are chasing budget dollars. For instance I personally know of a large school district that stopped sending autistic kids to the specialized education center nearby because they were given more money by the state to warehouse them themselves, which is precisely what they do. The kids are not given one whit of the specialized instruction they previously received but are essentially left to fend for themselves. Shame really, but I understand the bureaucrat’s budgetary mind.Report

  6. Avatar Stormy_NY says:

    Another blind sheep proven wrong ….. Wake up man.



    So now we have 2 mothers saying the same thing … Now with a memo from the school and a copy of the charged lunch …..Report

  7. Avatar Christopher Carr says:

    Hey Mark,

    I was away when you published this post, and I am just playing catch-up now. I just wanted to say two things:

    (1) – Great work.

    (2) – Notice the headlines of the trackbacks to your first post. Even long after it was clear that no such thing happened, everyone around the Internet was just crying for clicks. I’d be disappointed if that sort of thing wasn’t entirely predictable.

    And people don’t think we have a media crisis.Report