An eighth grade boy from Weaverville, California was given a detention for sharing his lunch with another classmate and friend. 13 year-old Kyle Bradford decided to share his chicken burrito with his friend who wasn’t very fond of the cheese sandwich the cafeteria server him. Kyle didn’t see any problem in sharing his food with the other student, I mean, who would?

“It seemed like he couldn’t get a normal lunch, so I just wanted to give mine to him because I wasn’t really that hungry… It was just going to go in the garbage if I didn’t eat it.”

The Northern California school district has rules against sharing food in order to prevent issues with allergies among students. The Superintendent of The Trinity Alps Unified School District, Tom Barnett, said that hygiene issues are also a concern when it comes to preventing students from sharing their food.

“We have a policy that prohibits students from exchanging meals,” Barnett said. “Of course if students are concerned about other students not having enough to eat, we would definitely want to consider that, but because of the liability we cannot allow students to exchange meals.”

Kyle’s mother, Sandy Bradford, thinks her son made the right choice. She says her son should not be punished for being a compassionate person.

“By all means the school can teach them math and the arithmetic and physical education, but when it comes to morals and manners and compassion, I believe that needs to start at home with the parent.”

Kyle says he’d share his lunch if a friend seemed like he was in need again. Once again, a young individual is more compassionate than the system we live.