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Utah School Takes Lunches From Kids Who Owe
Parents outraged
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jan 30, 2014 2:09 PM CST
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(Newser) – Parents in Utah say they're outraged after up to 40 elementary school students at a Salt Lake City school had their school lunches thrown out because of outstanding balances on their account. The Salt Lake Tribune reports the move came Tuesday after the Salt Lake City District realized a lot of students in Uintah Elementary owed money for lunches. The school tried to contact the indebted parents by phone Monday and Tuesday before resorting to confiscating lunches, a district spokesperson said. "If students were humiliated and upset, that's very unfortunate and not what we wanted," he added.

Cafeteria workers weren't able to see who was in debt until after the lunches had already been handed out, forcing them to take back the food from students. The lunches then had to be thrown out, because they couldn't be served to anyone else. The students were given fruit and milk in place of their discarded meal. "It's despicable," said one parent. "These are young children that shouldn't be punished or humiliated for something the parents obviously need to clear up.

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DL
Jan 31, 2014 1:11 PM CST
The school pulled a stunt in order to upset the kids in order to get the bill paid off. They were "shaming" the kids on purpose. It would have been just as easy to have sent a note home (in fact, it would have been easier, but the objective here was to provoke a response). At this point, there is nothing the school can say in order to change that fact, this was the result they were going for in the first place. Wonder if they have a "zero tolerance bully policy" in place at the school....they may have to go sit in the corner...
LibertyTree
Jan 31, 2014 11:49 AM CST
What's wrong with the kids hand them money and they hand them food? This is how it always was when I was in school, and how it works everywhere else food is sold.
BCS
Jan 31, 2014 11:42 AM CST
You never ever take it out on the kids. What disgusting behavior, to take a child's lunch away from them.