Valentine’s Day sweets banned from Mass. school

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NEWTON, Mass. — A principal in Massachusetts has asked parents to not to send sweets to school with their children for Valentine’s Day.

According to, the principal of Horace Mann Elementary School in Newton sent an email to parents asking them to refrain from sending their kids to school with candy or other snacks due to the overflow of treats that circulated classrooms the year before.

“The amount of candy made for a long day at school,” the station reports.

The email also referenced the school’s “no-food sharing policy” and efforts by gym instructors who are working to teach the kids about making healthy choices.

Rather than sweets, parents have been asked to send “alternative gifts” like stickers, stamps and other crafts.

Do you think the principal’s request is fair, or does it over-step his bounds as a school leader? Why?


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