Outrageous! Elementary school seizes lunches from students and then throws them away

I thank God every day I don't have any young children in public school today! To do this to young kids is upsetting, humiliating and downright disgusting. Did the school administrators ever think that maybe those kids that had negative balances, their parents can't find a job? Did they stop for one second to think how it would affect those kids? These people should pay for it out of their union dues. Spread that wealth around! I would go nutty! You let the kids eat and contact the parents before you do something like this! Jerks! 

SALT LAKE CITY – Dozens of students were left hungry and confused on Tuesday when officials in a Utah school took their lunches and threw them away.
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The incident happened at Uintah Elementary in Salt Lake City.

Parents were reportedly shocked and angered when they heard that school officials seized lunches from any student with an outstanding balance in their lunch account.

“It was pretty traumatic and humiliating,” said Erica Lukes, whose 11-year-old daughter had her lunch taken from her, according to the Salt Lake Tribune.

Lukes said as far as she knew, she was all paid up.

“I think it’s despicable,” Lukes told the Salt Lake Tribune. “These are young children that shouldn’t be punished or humiliated for something the parents obviously need to clear up.”

On Monday – the day before the incident – the district’s child nutrition manager visited the school to look into a large number of outstanding balances in student lunch accounts. That same day, the district claims to have started making calls to inform parents of the negative balances.

The calls reportedly continued on Tuesday up until lunch time. If students did not have funds in their account at this time, they were not allowed to receive a full lunch, according to the Tribune.

The district said the problems arose because cafeteria workers weren’t able to see which children owed money until they had already received lunches. Once the students with outstanding balances went to the computer for payment, cafeteria workers took their lunches and threw them in the trash.

As a substitute, children who had their lunches taken were given milk and piece of fruit, reports the story.

One student claimed that the process was so upsetting that it brought a cafeteria worker to tears.

According to the district, they weren’t able to notify all of the parents about the outstanding balances before the child-nutrition manager decided to take away the children’s meal.

Lukes claimed that she was one of the parents who never received a notification that her daughter would have her lunch taken. She went on to describe the situation as a difficult day for her daughter and classmates.

A friend of Lukes’ daughter was so upset that she went home Tuesday night and made lunches for all the students who had theirs taken.

“You would think in a public school system your child wouldn’t be turned away from lunch,” Lukes said in the story, “especially when people usually settle their balances.”

At first, the district reportedly refused to admit the tactic was a mistake, but eventually they came around and apologized through a released statement.

It read: “This situation could have and should have been handled in a different manner. We apologize.”

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I keep hearing that Democrats love people and that Conservatives are cheap ... somehow that seems to be just a bunch of words.  There is no way I would have taken their lunches away and thrown them away.

I know, right? Who could do that kind of thing to little kids? What kind of creatures?

They apologize?  Big f'n deal!

First the White House Arms (aka Moochelle Obama) revamps the school lunch program to include less of everything that kids don't want, and now this.  What next?   Would be nice if the parents did a boycott of school lunches for the rest of the year!  Those who CAN afford an extra packed lunch or two could feed those kids from struggling families!  GRRRR... my activism is rising! 

I think that this entire situation should be handled by punishing the School District and firing that child-nutrition manager and her bosses. There should have been several days of calling, writing, or emailing the parents to discuss lunch costs by school representatives, until every parent had been reached. All of the parents of that school's students should go to the next Council meeting and protest as a group. Legal aid in their County might help as a representative.  I also think that the School Superintendent and the Principal of that school should be fired.  It is up to the parents as to whether they file a lawsuit for the trauma suffered by their kids.  

I agree, Edie! I found this totally outrageous. Schools are out of control because of the government. They are doing the Admins bidding, no matter what, all because of the Fed $ they get and other reasons. I am sure they are told to tow the line or lose the $. Parents need to band together and stand up in every school. Everything is getting way out of hand! Those poor kids! I can't imagine what they felt like and how upset they were. 

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