A Roman Catholic elementary school adopted new lunchroom rules this week requiring students to remain silent while eating. The move comes after three recent choking incidents in the cafeteria.
No one was hurt, but the principal of St. Rose of Lima School explained in a letter to parents that if the lunchroom is loud, staff members cannot hear a child choking.
Granted that children are probably too loud at lunch and that elementary schools have a right to ask them to be quiet, this rule strikes me as altruistic in principle. Normal behavior is penalized in the name of safety. As the nannies strive to create a risk-free world, they force people to live in unnatural restraints. Wouldn’t it be better to ask students to alert the staff if someone at their table chokes?