Parents unhappy with how principal enforces junk food policy - Dallas News | myFOXdfw.com

Parents unhappy with how principal enforces junk food policy

Posted: Updated:
T. Dale Cooke Elementary School in Detroit T. Dale Cooke Elementary School in Detroit
DETROIT (WJBK) - Parents of students at T. Dale Cooke Elementary school in Detroit say the principal is enforcing students to eat healthy in the wrong way.

The parents tell FOX 2's Erika Erickson their children have said the principal, Philip Van Hooks, takes some food items away from them and throws them away. Sometimes, they say, he even eats the food right in front of their face.

School parent Jamila Carr says she went to talk to the principal Tuesday after receiving an upset phone call from her daughter, but found the school on lockdown. She says she had not received any correspondence alerting the parents this was taking place, so she was confused.

Michelle A. Zdrodowski, Chief Communications Officer for Detroit Public Schools, released a statement explaining the lockdown and the principal confiscating students' food items:

"Detroit Public Schools' fresh, healthy food focus serves as a national standard for school districts across the United States, and has a healthy and wellness policy that discourages junk food in our schools. In support of this focus on nutritious foods and district policy, Cooke Elementary School has a rule prohibiting junk food from entering the building. Families were made aware of this rule by building administrators at the beginning of the school year, provided with a prohibited foods list in the parent handbook, and informed that any listed foods brought into the building would be confiscated.

"On Tuesday, April 15, Cooke Principal Philip Van Hooks observed a number of students with foods on the prohibited list and, in accordance with school rules, confiscated the items. When the principal witnessed a student trying to hide their item from his view, he revoked that student's permission to go with their class on a planned field trip that afternoon. The revocation of that permission to attend the field trip was due solely to the students' attempt to deceive school administrators. It also led to an unfortunate incident at the school between the student's parent and Principal Van Hooks that resulted in the Detroit Public Schools Police Department (DPSPD) being called and the parent being taken into custody for aggravated assault. At no time were students in any danger. The safety and well being of each and every child in our care is our top priority."

Erickson reports the parent punched the principal and bit him twice.

The school says notes were sent to parents Wednesday regarding the altercation between the parent and the principal.
  • Download the FOX 2 Apps


  • FOX 2 News Five-Day Forecast
  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Worker rescued from trench collapse in Pittsfield Township

    Worker rescued from trench collapse in Pittsfield Township

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 8:51 PM EDT2014-07-31 00:51:01 GMT
    Emergency crews are at the scene of an apparent trench collapse in Pittsfield Township.
    Emergency crews are at the scene of an apparent trench collapse in Pittsfield Township.
  • Two in custody after search connected to Armada teen's murder

    Two in custody after search connected to Armada teen's murder

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 8:24 PM EDT2014-07-31 00:24:06 GMT
    The FBI and state police were at a home on Marquette Road in Goodells, Mich. most of Wednesday executing an investigative search warrant related to the murder of 14-year-old April Millsap.
    The FBI and state police were at a home on Marquette Road in Goodells, Mich. most of Wednesday executing an investigative search warrant related to the murder of 14-year-old April Millsap.
  • How honest are we, Detroit?

    How honest are we, Detroit?

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 7:45 PM EDT2014-07-30 23:45:12 GMT
    A national social experiment took place in Detroit Wednesday and the results will show just how honest we really are.
    A national social experiment took place in Detroit Wednesday and the results will show just how honest we really are.
Powered by WorldNow

KDFW FOX 4
400 N. Griffin Street
Dallas, Texas 75202

Main Station Directory:
(214) 720-4444
News Fax:
(214) 720-3263 or (214) 720-3333

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices