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Remember when you were a kid and there were some messed up things about school that your parents just wouldn’t believe?

For Zachary Maxwell in New York, it was school lunches: nasty, fried, sloppy things that were not the good-for-you promises advertised in the Department of Education’s online menus. But Zach’s parents bought the hype about the free, supposedly healthy lunches at their son’s school.

So he recorded – using a hidden camera – what appeared on his cafeteria tray. After seeing their son’s evidence, Zachary’s parents believed him. Which is how, with help from his dad, Zachary made a movie about the bad lunches. (Zachary’s parents decided the young filmmaker would go by his first and middle names for privacy)

Yuck: A 4th Grader’s Short Documentary About School Lunch has made the rounds and gotten mentions at a slew of film festivals, including the NYC Independent Film Festival in 2012.

You can watch the full movie online but don’t be surprised if your kids walk away with this lesson: bringing a camera to school gets you results.

And parents: sometimes the nasty, unbelievable tales your kids tell you about school are actually true.

source: New York Times

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