A Utah school is under fire for taking lunches away from children and throwing them away, because the children owed money.
The AP reports that the school’s cafeteria manager and a district supervisor have been placed on paid leave while officials investigate the incident.
The lunches of 32 children at Uintah school in Salt Lake City were confiscated and thrown away last week when a district a official came to investigate a large number of overdue lunch accounts.
They actually took the food – meals that cost $2 – which was ready to eat, away from the children and threw the perfectly good food in the garbage, because the kids owed money. That has got to be one of the stupidest things you’ve read all week. Right? It’s unbelievable.
The kids were then were given milk and fruit.
“This was a mistake,” said Salt Lake City School District spokesman Jason Olsen. “There shouldn’t have been food taken away from these students once they went through that line.”
Erica Lukes, whose daughter’s food was taken away, said it was “humiliating and demoralizing.”
“People are upset, obviously, by the way this has been handled because it’s really needless and quite mean,” she said.
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