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Old 01-26-2007, 12:26 PM   #1
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School bans talking during lunch

Absurd.

http://www.breitbart.com/news/2007/01/25/D8MSJNO83.html

R.I. School Bans Talking at Lunch

By JUSTIN M. NORTON
Associated Press Writer

WARWICK, R.I. (AP) -- Class, from now on there will be no talking at lunch. A Roman Catholic elementary school adopted new lunchroom rules this week requiring students to remain silent while eating. The move comes after three recent choking incidents in the cafeteria.

No one was hurt, but the principal of St. Rose of Lima School explained in a letter to parents that if the lunchroom is loud, staff members cannot hear a child choking.

Christine Lamoureux, whose 12-year-old is a sixth-grader at the school, said she respects the safety issue but thinks the rule is a bad idea.

"They are silent all day," she said. "They have to get some type of release." She suggested quiet conversation be allowed during lunch.

Another mother, Thina Paone, does not mind the silent lunches, noting that the cafeteria "can be very crazy" at the suburban school south of Providence.

Principal Jeannine Fuller did not immediately return a call seeking comment, but a spokesman for the Diocese of Providence described the silence rule as a temporary safety measure.

Spokesman Michael Guilfoyle said the school does not expect complete silence but enough quiet to keep students safe.

Lori Healey, a teacher at the school who also has a son in third grade, said "silent lunch" means students can whisper.

"They know it's not for punishment," she said. "It's for safety, and they'll be the first ones to tell you."

Stacey Wildenhain, a teacher's assistant at St. Rose, said her 7-year- old son does not mind the policy. He told her: "The sooner we eat, the sooner we can get out to play," she said.

Amanda Karhuse, of the National Association of Secondary School Principals, said that students should not run wild during lunch, but that they also should not have to remain silent.

"It seems kind of ridiculous in our opinion," she said. "Kids need that social time, and they just need time to be kids at that age."

The principal's letter also spelled out other new lunch rules, including requiring students to stay in their seats and limiting them to one trip to the trash can. Any child who breaks the rules will serve detention the next day.

Paone's 6-year-old son, Joey, said he accepts the changes, but some of his classmates were having trouble obeying the rules.

Kara Casali, who also has a 6-year-old son at the school, said the rules against talking will be tough to enforce.

"I can't imagine having a silent lunch," she said.
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Private school and parents choice.
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The move comes after three recent choking incidents in the cafeteria.

No one was hurt, but the principal of St. Rose of Lima School explained in a letter to parents that if the lunchroom is loud, staff members cannot hear a child choking.

A mother, Thina Paone, does not mind the silent lunches, noting that the cafeteria "can be very crazy" at the suburban school south of Providence.

Spokesman Michael Guilfoyle said the school does not expect complete silence but enough quiet to keep students safe.

this is such a non-story to me

but I am sure people will just here the subject

and go off

it seems it is a bit like library policy

if you talk, keep it reasonable
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This is ridicuous. Expecting kids not to talk during lunch is downright cruel. It's so arbritary.
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Old 01-26-2007, 02:20 PM   #6
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Just put a cranky old nun at each table to eat with them. That will shut up the kids quickly enough.
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this is such a non-story to me

but I am sure people will just here the subject

and go off

it seems it is a bit like library policy

if you talk, keep it reasonable


ah, but it's great O'Reilly Factor material.
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Most of my high school teachers did not allow us to talk during lunch We ate lunch after our 4th period, in that class, and they played this daily news garbage, so most teachers didn't let us talk over the noise. When it was done, we had a 20 minute break, so we could talk in the halls or finish eating. We didn't have a cafeteria so most people ate with 4th period unless they had to buy something from the coffee window.

Like A_W said, private school, parents' choice. It doesn't bother me as long as the kids still have a recess or break where they can talk or go outside. My little sis choked in our elementary school cafeteria, but luckily someone noticed and saved her.
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will they still be allowed to talk during classes though?
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i didn't talk to anybody during lunch anyway. my only friends were the babysitters club, amelia bedelia, and fudge.
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Old 01-26-2007, 10:10 PM   #11
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Salome and redhotswami those were both very funny and evocative comments...
but you know, you coulda made me choke!
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We weren't allowed to get up during lunch in elementary and middle school and I thought that was harsh!
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They forgot to give me a lunch.
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Are you still allowed to eat during lunch?
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Old 01-27-2007, 02:27 AM   #15
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At my school where I was a student teacher, the students were not allowed to talk for 15 minutes while they ate their lunch before going out to play. I just felt it was so stifled, and lead to misbehaviour as students tried to make others laugh and stuff - so when I was in charge, i let them talk quietly, or I read a book to them - much better!
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