The Hidden Killer: Flapjacks

by mediocremum on 25/03/2013

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School BansYou have got to be fricking kidding me!  A school in Essex has banned triangular shaped flapjacks due to sharp edges!  A child had to go home after being hit with one.  Apparently, the rectangular ones are still safe. WTF?  Surely four corners are far more dangerous than three?

I have to admit I’ve tried making them before and they were hard as rock and couldn’t get them out of the pan, but I hardly think they can be classed as dangerous?

What are they going to ban next? I can think about a dozen things that have sharper edges than a flapjack or that would hurt more if hit by one.  I imagine getting hit by an apple thrown by a member of the Cricket Team would hurt a lot!

OMG and cutlery!   Can you imagine the damage someone could do with a teaspoon?  *note the sarcasm*

I work in education and over the years have seen health and safety getting more and more bonkers.  Can’t these people who put these rules in place see how ridiculous they’re being?  I’ve seen everything from Conkers, Lip Balm, Plasters, Boys Ties and British Bull dog banned.

I would love to know what happened to the kid that threw it?

Have you seen any other ridiculous examples of Health and Safety gone mad?



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1 Rachel March 25, 2013 at 3:07 pm

Oh no! I set K to school with a triangular piece of sponge cake. Oh gosh, I seriously hope she doesn’t shove it in someones face.

Who the hell comes up with this crap?


2 mediocremum March 25, 2013 at 3:25 pm

I have no idea! It beggars belief!


3 Louise Barrett March 25, 2013 at 3:09 pm

Often it is not Health and Safety gone mad but the idiot interpreting the rules. I suspect a school manager trying to cover themselves. Bloody ridiculous!


4 mediocremum March 25, 2013 at 3:25 pm

You’re probably right!


5 Susan Eardley March 25, 2013 at 3:22 pm

This has to be the single most rediculous thing I’ve ever heard! They’ll all be eating baby purée soon as its the only thing that can be guaranteed not to injur if thrown! Idiots!


6 mediocremum March 25, 2013 at 3:26 pm

Oh but what about the jar??? Of should we just feed them to be safe? ;-)


7 mamacook March 25, 2013 at 4:36 pm

Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha…

That’s flipping ridiculous!

I remember when my son was about 18 months old, his nursery gave me a consent form for him to eat pieces of fruit rather than puree. I went nuts! Why on earth had he been given fruit puree??? He was eating pieces of fruit and whole fruit at home for nearly a year! People are ridiculously cautious. Ban flapjack because of it’s fat and sugar content (yet bizarrely people think are healthy) don’t ban it because it’s pointy!


8 mediocremum March 25, 2013 at 4:46 pm

That is a very good point! They really are sickly sweet!


9 Karen March 25, 2013 at 9:34 pm

I saw this about an hour ago and seriously could not believe it wasn’t 1st April. What a farce!

As an aside, I have made a mental note to make sure any sandwiches my children take to school in future are triangular – because I can.


10 mediocremum March 25, 2013 at 11:33 pm

I’m all over wedges, may use stale bread as well!


11 Heather Sparey March 26, 2013 at 10:35 pm

Rofl – love the stupidity of some schools :)


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