Kids Create Parody Video to Protest School Lunches

Students complaining about being famished take their grievances to the Internet.

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August marked the first month of the Obama Administration’s attempt to get kids to drop some pounds by reducing the calorie count in school lunches. But not everybody’s happy with the Congress-approved meal plan — particularly the kids. One group of high school students in Sharon Springs, Kan., starred in a parody video that has generated nearly 800,000 views since Sept. 17.

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The parody inspired by indie rock band Fun.’s hit single “We are Young,” is called “We are Hungry.” Linda O’Connor, an English teacher at Wallace County High School, wrote the lyrics to reflect the hunger pangs she said students suffered from their calorie-reduced meals. The first verse, sung by 16-year-old Callahan Grund, goes like this:

“Give me some seconds/ I, I need to get some food today/ My friends are at the corner store/ Getting junk so they don’t waste away.”

The video shows students falling down as they become weakened by the lack of food. Some are crawling on the floor; others faint. (Although, they all apparently had enough energy to act and sing in this video.)

The Obama Administration’s response so far? Students should bring their own snacks to school.

“We understand that change is difficult,” Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack told ABC. “Some folks love it, some folks have had questions about it, but that’s to be expected when you’re dealing with 32 million children and you’re dealing with over a hundred thousand school districts.”

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10 comments
pipawik
pipawik

Actually, a teacher wrote the parody and enlisted children into performing it. The protest, from the teacher's (and other adults') perspective isn't about the food, it's about Michelle Obama's nutrition agenda. Republicans will be on the wrong side of anything - even childhood obesity - if it means a jab at the "Muslim in Chief."

John Forsthoffer
John Forsthoffer

They should let the parents decide if their kids need to eat less or not. Why does the government need to be involved anyway? 

Starshiprarity
Starshiprarity

But parents can decide how much food their children get- by not buying government lunches.

And while these lunches have a lower calorie count, they're not necessary smaller. They just contain more fruit and vegetables and less proccessed sugars and meats. The amount of food students are throwing away has doubled since this program started- they wouldn't be hungry if they'd just eat.

Angie Jones
Angie Jones like.author.displayName 1 Like

You hit the nail on the head, if the kids ate the lunches they would feel fuller longer than on the junk they were eating before. These kids are hungry because they don't want to eat healthly food because they don't know any better and their parents who need to act like parents rather than political pundits need to pull their head out of their **cough**butts and do what's best for their kids. Or shut up and pack their kids all the twinkies, doritos, lunchables their kids are whining for. If our tax dollars are paying for your kids lunch I rather it not be food to give them diabetes.

shrutigk
shrutigk

Many of these students are relying on the government provided free and reduced price lunch because they cannot afford their own meals, at least of the same quality. 

pipawik
pipawik

The government is providing the meals. They are already making the decision as to what to serve. Therefore, they have every right - as well as a responsibility -  to opt to provide lunches that are nutritious and do not make kids fat.

John Forsthoffer
John Forsthoffer

I understand what you are saying, but why do people feel the need to let the government control more and more of their personal lives? First, they blame the government, then the government takes control and then people are complaining they're in their business. Parents should be handling these responsibilities, not the government. In other countries, this would be considered communist. 

shrutigk
shrutigk

They are free to bring their own lunches if they can afford to do so.  But many of the students eating the school lunches rely on the government led free and reduced price meals programs in the schools as they can't afford better at home.  They don't have a choice. 

"Communist" refers to an economic system by which the government has total control over everything, and everything belongs to the state government.  This isn't "communistic" at all.  

Racheline Davison
Racheline Davison

I agree...the government has been getting serious flak for the obesity rate in this country, especially among children.  So, they're going to have to regulate it somehow.  If the kids feel they need more food, they should go ask their parents for a few extra dollars or a packed lunch from now on.