Talk about misplaced priorities… Alvin ISD is getting fined $1,800 because one kid shared some pizza. It seems the sharing of non-approved pizza is a big bureaucratic no-no, and was witnessed by a Texas Department of Agriculture monitor. Since 2004, schools have had to squash such nefarious activity or face stiff penalties from the Ag department.

In the Alvin case, one student brought pizza for lunch, and shared some with friends. Under the draconian rules, such behavior is forbidden. The Ag department implemented the rules in an effort to fight childhood obesity.

According to news reports, the Alvin ISD (presumably along with others) hires “their own lunchtime monitors” to stop food-sharing.

Lunchtime monitors? SAT scores statewide have dropped over the last decade, but school districts are hiring “lunchtime monitors”?

Fighting obesity may have been the impetus behind this rule, but it has lead to government obesity: Bigger, fatter, more stupid.

Least you think the Alvin Pizza Sharing Incident was a massive affair involving multiple pies and dozens of children, the district’s director of child nutrition services — director of child nutrition services?! — said, “Had they shared a french fry it could have been the same.”

No word if the offending pizza-eaters were drawn and quartered, or merely placed on double-secret probation with a stern letter in their permenant record.

Michael Quinn Sullivan

Michael Quinn Sullivan is the publisher of Texas Scorecard. He is a native Texan, a graduate of Texas A&M, and Eagle Scout. Previously, he has worked as a newspaper reporter, magazine contributor, Capitol Hill staffer, think tank vice president. Michael and his wife have three adult children, and a dog. Check out his podcast, Reflections on Life and Liberty.

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