We asked, and you commented. Last week, the Bowling Green Times asked its Facebook followers what they think about schools punishing students for outstanding lunch bills. Here are some of the answers…
“A group of up to 40 students at Uintah Elementary in Salt Lake City had their lunches taken away and then thrown in the trash due to outstanding balances on their accounts, as reported by the Salt Lake Tribune.
A release from the school said ‘When lunch time came, students who still had negative balances were told they could not have a full meal but were given a piece of fruit and a milk for lunch. The district does this so children who don’t have money for lunch can at least have some food and not go without. Unfortunately, children are served lunch before they get to the computer for payment. The children who didn’t have enough money in their accounts had their normal food trays taken from them and were given the fruit and milk.’
Although the school district did apologize, many parents are still upset with the situation, calling it ‘despicable.’
So what do you think, Bowling Green? At what point should schools refuse to serve students? Should this situation have been handled differently?”
“all schools should receive free lunchs. stop letting rapists an murders eat free… ki” – Whitney Giddens
“A child should never be punished due to the wrong of the parent. Especially through nutrition.” – Mike Gillum
“Sad that children would be punished for something that is a parental responsibility and something which they have no control over! Lunch being given to them and then taken away is cruel and wasetful!” – Kelly Hopke
“This makes me so mad! I compare this to bullying. How can you stop bullying when things like this are allowed to happen? When the school lunch programs were started it was to ensure kids got at least one hot meal per day. Maybe this was some of these kids only decent meal of the day…disgusting!” – Carol Henrichsen McMorris
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