The meal should have come out with a warning, “not for children’s consumption” except that the exotic food made it to children’s school lunch. A school superintendent scrambled to apologize to parents after the school chef secretly added kangaroo meat to the chili he served for lunch to the school kids.
Mike Williams, superintendent of the Potter-Dix Public Schools, explained that the head cook thought of nothing in adding the kangaroo meat since “it was a very lean meat.”
The parents were unhappy with what was served to their kids, however. As such, the head cook Kevin Frei was fired.
Frei tried to justify his move to add the exotic meal into the beef chili “because of its nutritional value.”
The meal was served to students at the middle and high school in western Nebraska.
The superintendent himself believes that the said exotic meat is not exactly unhealthy or even dangerous, but conceded that especially for children, it was “without a doubt not a normal staple of our diet.”
Williams felt the need to address parents’ complaints and wrote a letter to them where he explained: “If a family wants to eat exotic foods, they can do so on their own time - not at school. We will no longer be serving food of this nature again. Period.”
The superintendent also said sorry for what happened. He added: “I apologize for the anxiety and any harm that this has caused individual students and/or families.”
Frei apparently obtained the kangaroo meat from Sysco, which happens to be the number one distributor of food to school cafeterias in the U.S.
School officials maintained, however, their belief that kangaroo meat is not unhealthy or dangerous because it meets USDA standards.
One parent, however, told local media that their child got sick after eating the said meal. Williams, however, refused to comment is the said sickness is related to the exotic meal served at lunch to schoolchildren.