Catholic High School for Boys ask parents not to drop off their kids' forgotten lunch, homework and books

This sign has divided parents online.
This sign has divided parents online. Photo: Facebook/@Catholic High School for Boys

A controversial note posted to Facebook by a high school in Little Rock, Arkansas has divided the internet.

Catholic High School for Boys uploaded the following sign to their Facebook page, along with the caption: "Welcome to Catholic High. We teach reading, writing, arithmetic and problem-solving."

The sign itself asks parents to, "STOP. If you are dropping off your son's forgotten lunch, books, homework, equipment, etc., please TURN AROUND and exit the building."

"Your son," the note continues, "will learn to problem-solve in your absence."

The sign has been shared almost 120,000 times and has attracted thousands of comments. And not all of them are in support of the school's tough stance.

"Kids won't learn on an empty stomach, wrote one commenter, "If a parent is willing to bring their child materials or food and pay you a hefty chunk of tuition change, stop talking."

"The average kid has a million things on his mind these days," wrote another. "Forgetting a lunch, books, etc. every now and then is HUMAN. I'd appreciate that the kid/parent actually cared about bringing in the forgotten item."

Others however, felt the note – and its emphasis on students taking responsibility for themselves and their belongings – was spot on.

"I agree with their sign," wrote one woman. "It's a high school - an appropriate time for boys to learn how to be men. Isn't that what they'll be when they graduate? Let your children suffer the consequences of forgetting their lunch or homework just once, and I bet it will be the last time it happens. Parents need to back off and allow their kids to make mistakes. How else will they ever learn to make it in this world?"

"Good for this school," said another. "By high school I think we can stop hovering over our kids and expect they can take responsibility for their actions."

What do you think? Is this a fair policy? Or is it too extreme?

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