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You Owe Money No Lunch For You - mother2motherblog

You Owe Money No Lunch For You

                                                          
                                     
When I read the story about the children at Uintah Elementary in Salt Lake City who had their lunch taken from them and thrown in the trash in front of a cafeteria full of children, my heart broke.  This has to be one of the most cruel and inhumane actions that I’ve heard about in a school.  How do you treat a child in this manner?  It is simply beyond me.


Some brilliant administrator, Child Nutrition Manager, in Salt Lake City decided that the children at Uintah Elementary School should have their lunch thrown in the trash because their parents owed money on their lunch bill.  According to the school, the parents who owed money had been asked to reconcile the bill; however, not everyone paid up.  Did I mention that Uintah Elementary is in an affluent neighbor.  Just proves, that times are hard and there’s a lot of people struggling to make ends meet.  The school district in that area raised the price of lunch from $.65 to $2.00.  Quite pricey, especially if you have more than 1 child in school.  Their explanation, the meals are healthier and the cost of making them has risen. 

Rather than work out some plan with the parents, they allowed the children of those who owed money to obtain a tray and after the child sat down to eat they confiscated the tray and throw the food in the trash.  Yes, it is really hard to believe that they thought the trash can needed the food more.  They than gave the children a box of milk and an orange while telling the child, they didn’t have enough money for their lunch. 

I am so furious, no child should ever go hungry.  Especially, when the food is in front of them.  I’ve been to Utah, it is cold out there this time of year.  A box of milk and an orange versus a hot meal.  I wonder what’s in these people’s heart.  If I had been given that kind of directive, I would have resigned rather than carry it out.  Child Nutrition Manager, I don’t think so.  Can you imagine the embarrassment and humiliation that this children endured.  They could possibly be scarred for life.  Who discusses financial matters with elementary school children anyway. 

In my opinion, all of the administrators should have been fired and barred from interacting with young children ever again.  They have apologized and admitted the situation should have been handled differently, but the damage to the child has already been done.  Everyone in this country should be outraged.  If this were your child, how would you have reacted?

                                                                   

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