MT. JULIET, Tenn. (WKRN) – Thinking of sending a special gift to your child at school to celebrate Valentine’s Day?
A growing number of schools are saying no more.
Parents who have children who attend Mt. Juliet Middle School received a voice mail message this week from Principal Tim Bell saying, “I just wanted to let you know that at the school, we have decided because of safety reasons, and because of so many things going on, we will not be accepting outside gifts for our students.”
Bell said flowers, candy and stuffed animals sent to students at school will not be accepted.
The school principal told News 2 he doesn’t have the office staff to deal with all the deliveries. He said last year, half the cafeteria was filled with Valentine’s Day gifts from parents.
According to Bell, the deliveries also pose a safety concern and can be dangerous for students with latex and food allergies.
Some people think schools are going too far.
“They are just trying to cover themselves, so I understand their point of view but at the same time, how far is too far? Let the kids be kids. It’s going to get to the point where you can’t do anything but go to school and sit in a desk,” said Nina Kern who shared her thoughts on the issue while grocery shopping.
The principal isn’t doing away with all holiday fun.
He said Mount Juliet Middle School is still having a Valentine’s Day Dance. They’re also selling Valentine-grams that parents can order to be delivered to their child.
Options include stuffed animals and white carnations.
Others think that is a great solution.
“I think that is a very appropriate way. You take out a lot of the bad stuff. So I think that is a great idea. As a matter of fact I would do that,” explained former Mt. Juliet resident Melvin Lowe.
The principal told News 2 the goal of the new rule isn’t to steal Valentine’s joy.