Dear Parent. Your child ate a raisin. This is intolerable.

By Posted in - Schools on November 20th, 2012 0 Comments




This is one of those things that drops into your inbox and needs nothing doing other than to copy and paste it into a blog post. This is a real email sent by a teacher to a parent, bearing the subject line “Incident in the science lab” (in fact, it was sent to several parents visibly revealing the email addresses of all to each other – crime number 2).

Now, you’re 12 years old, it’s just before lunch time and your teacher puts food in front of you. What are you going to do?



Dear parents/Guardians,

I am writing regard to you with regards to an incident in the science class on Tuesday 29th of May, involving your daughter/son.

During that science class I had prepared for a taste observation since we’re doing a unit on food and nutrition. I had therefore set up taste samples of different saccharides, where one of them was raisins. As I left the class room for one minute to get something, the students took advantage of my short moment of absence and snatched some raisins. I noticed this since there were fewer raisins left when I returned. Luckily there were enough raisins left for the other lab group as well.

This lesson was right before lunch, I didn’t want the students to get a sugar rush and feel satisfied before eating lunch. For this reason I limited the amount of raisins for each student as well as making the raisins last for the other lab group.

I’m writing to you since your daughter/son was one of the students who took raisins that lesson. What worries me is not the snatching of theraisins itself, it’s the act of betraying the trust I’ve placed in your child. This kind of behavior is not tolerated and it’s imperative that students and teachers can trust each other in order to have a good collaboration throughout the whole education.

I would appreciate it if you would have a word with your daughter/son about this matter so that we can all leave this behind and move on with a good collaboration as well as trusting one another.

Kind Regards

[The Teacher who shall remain anonymous]


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