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Mother Upset School Called 66-lb. Daughter 'Overweight'

Student's Mother Upset With School for Calling 9-Year-Old Daughter 'Overweight'

Third-grader Gwendolyn Williams came home with a health assessment in her backpack stating that according to her Body Mass Index (BMI), she was overweight, reported NBCNews. Each year, 870,000 New York Public School students from K-12 are given their Fitnessgram assessments and told to open them at home. 

"She said, 'Mom, school told me that I'm overweight,'" Laura Bruji Williams, her mother, told NBC. "I was very angry and upset because I don't want this to be the kind of thing that sticks with her."

Gwendolyn, however was confused when she got the assessment. She is 4-foot-1 and 66 pounds. Williams contacted the principal at PS 29, according to the NY Post. 

"She was sympathetic, but said the kids weren't supposed to open it," she said. "My response is, they're kids. How can you believe they're not going to open it? It's a very positive thing for some kids who are overweight, but we shouldn't be putting these assessments in the children's hands."

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Article by Kassondra Granata, EducationWorld Contributor

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