This dad got snack-shamed by his daughter's teacher.

And he’s furious about it.

If you’re a parent, you would know that snack shaming is a thing now. Most of the time it starts in the shopping line as your groceries travel along the conveyor belt before getting bagged up.

Have you ever felt silently guilty for grabbing than box of Coco Pops for the kids instead of a healthier alternative? Wondering if the parent behind you is secretly judging you for your poor breakfast choice?

We’ve all been there.

And for this dad it ended with his daughter’s packed lunch, when a casual teacher from her school send home a letter telling him it was unhealthy.

The note sent to the Pucketts. (Image via Facebook)

Justin Puckett, who also happens to be a family doctor shared the letter on his Facebook page, after being outraged by the “Big Brother” approach of his daughter’s primary school.

Dr. Puckett refused to sign the letter, which he felt implied that he and his wife Kylene were not up to caring for their daughter, Alia.

The note read, ''Dr. and Mrs. Puckett, The cafeteria reported to me that Alia's lunch today included four chocolate bars, a bag of marshmallows, Ritz crackers and a pickle. Please see that she packs a proper lunch tomorrow.”

The letter then requested a parent’s signature, to which the Pucketts responded, “Request declined”.

Dr. Puckett told ABC 3, “Unfortunately, the letter didn't have what she had, correctly. She had four pieces of ham, a whole protein meat, she also had some pickles, which we admittedly cheat on pickles every once and awhile as a vegetable, because some fights just aren't worth having."

Justin Puckett. (Image via Facebook)

“She also had four marshmallows in a Ziploc bag and then she had three very small pieces of chocolate, of which she ate one for lunch and then she also gave her brother and another friend one at an after school program,” he continued.

Dr. Puckett was contacted by Tricia Reger, the principal at his daughter’s school who apologised for the letter. Yet as a Medical Director, Mr Puckett is adamant that he is aware of what constitutes a healthy lunch. “I'm responsible for them and for the choices that they make and do whether it's at school or not,” he said.

Dr Puckett's daughter Alia. (Image via Facebook)

“I have the ultimate responsibility to raise my children and I take that role very, very seriously and so maybe I took it bit more personally that there was some offense that maybe I wasn't doing a good job in that duty, something that is my number one job,” Dr Puckett said.

Since the snack-shaming incident, a number of parents have come forward in support of Dr. Puckett. Some of the comments included:

"I'm speechless. I know it's just a note but I would be hard pressed not to request a meeting with the principal or whoever felt it was necessary that this note be sent home with signature requested... Wow."

"I'm sorry but her lunch sounds better the the stupid slice of cheese and piece of bread they give our kids if they forget their lunch or if the money doesn't show up in their lunch accounts the same day we pay it... It's ridiculous. Plus sometimes... some things just aren't worth the fight with our kids once in a while..."

Yet as a former teacher, I'm proud of what this substitute did. I know teachers are there to teach but looking after children is also a huge part of the profession. More often than not, this extends to what students are eating as well.

Teachers are  incredibly time poor, so if this teacher felt concerned enough to write a letter flagging her worry, my argument is that it was justified. Teachers have every right to bring up their concerns with a parent.

Being a doctor doesn't excuse you from giving you child a lunch that is healthy. In fact, it's all the more reason for why this little girl should have been given something more balanced. It's time for this parent to step up his game.

Would you consider what this dad gave his daughter a healthy lunch?

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