Skip to comments.Outrage after student lunches thrown out at Utah school (for parents in arrears on meal payments)
Posted on 01/31/2014 9:31:51 AM PST by NormsRevenge
School officials in the US state of Utah have apologised after an employee confiscated and discarded the lunches of about 30 children whose parents were said to be in arrears on meal payments.
Outraged parents in Salt Lake City said the students at Uintah Elementary primary school had been humiliated.
The school system has launched an inquiry into the Tuesday incident, blamed on a sole "nutrition manager".
The children whose meals were put in the rubbish were given fruit and milk.
"This was a mistake. This was handled wrong,'' Jason Olsen, a spokesman for the Salt Lake City school system said on Thursday.
According to Salt Lake City school officials, on Monday a nutrition manager arrived at Uintah Elementary to investigate what it described as a high number of negative balances on the accounts students use to pay for lunches prepared and served by the school.
The nutrition manager and another school employee began calling parents with negative balances in an effort to recoup payment, the school system said.
Then, on Tuesday, students who had queued up and were served lunch only to arrive at the tills and show negative balances were told to give back the lunches.
(Excerpt) Read more at bbc.co.uk ...
Moochelle's 'diet' plan is really working and so is Obama's.
Taking food out of the mouths of children
and jobs out of the economy.
You gotta fire people who are so stupid as this. There is no fix for these idiots.
Ya can’t fire everybody.. or can you?
Schools in other states have taken similar actions. In the last year, students in Massachusetts, Indiana, Maine and Kentucky had lunches taken from them and discarded.
I can.... :)
I read the article, and I do recall the name of the “school official” responsible for this. This person should be “outed,” fired, and publicly scorned.
The other aspect is we didn't have the Mooshel gestapo telling us what we could bring for lunch. :)
When I was a kid you had to offer up the change to get the meal. No credit offered. But that was back in the days when America was the world’s largest creditor nation.
Eating on credit? This will be a significant lesson to children of the world’s largest debtor nation: that if you can’t pay your bill you can collectively complain and get what you want from those who pay their way. Moochocracy in action.
nutrition manager? ....oh boy
And nine times out of ten the nutrition manager is some female who’s wearing a pair of black stretch pants that say size “cow” on the inside label.
dark times if this happens in Utah....
What’s the Soup Nazi’s opinion?
My kids school offers sack lunch for kids who don’t have lunch money.
It is impossible (imo) for the liberal insanity to be totally covered.
I haven't read the story, but our board would fire anyone involved ... there are too many good people looking for secure school jobs to keep assholes.
I'm sorry, it'll never happen again is not acceptable.
“It was simpler when I was a kid. You went through the cafeteria line and you paid the lady ,,,”
That’s so outdated. You probably also think the schools shouldn’t provide breakfast and dinner too and that the parents should be forced to do that,,,,/
Good for the school, but they shouldn’t have given them anything!
You get to be a nutrition manager when they’ve hired you to be a cook... and your cooking is so lousy they gotta find something else for you to do. Because they can’t fire ya :)
Let me see, denying a minor a proper meal...well, to me that is child abuse and the nutrition manager would be a manager of the garbage containers in state prison.
Meanwhile, when I attended school in the dark ages of the 50’s, we brought our lunch and paid for supplemental things like milk and or ice cream. Moochele would have a coronary if she saw my sandwiches: salami or bologna but Tuna on Friday. I was also fed before leaving the house, it was called breakfast which my mom prepared before she went to work.
These are government workers. They are not expected to give rational or logical thought to their actions, just follow protocol, process, procedure and orders. It would be an outrage if a government worker were to actually MANAGE a situation proactively with logic based solutions specific to a circumstance.
A fancy way of saying, “Lunch Lady.”
This offends me to the core. 1st — the waste. And 2nd — the humiliation of the kids. Or, maybe it’s the other way around.
I worked in a primary school years ago where every child had to eat lunch. Payment wasn’t an issue...they brought a lunch or the school provided a lunch.
That’s the thinking that makes people think conservatives are stone cold, and probably idiots. It probably isn’t the kids fault. I can see debt collections, I can see sending the cops to the house to see why mom doesn’t provide lunch or lunch money to the kid, etc. I can see a lot of things here as ways to get to the bottom of it.
But humiliating the school kid and making them go hungry is screwed up. The normally guilt party doesn’t get any punishment.
Why are the parents not physically confronting these thieves? Start by finding out who stole the private property of the students, locate them and make a private person’s arrest, shortly after delivering a small dose of street justice. If this kind of stuff continues, it’s partly the fault of the parents for merely complaining and not acting.
Seizing a lunch and throwing it away is an assault on my child. It is taking another’s property by force and/or fear, the very legal definition of Robbery.
> Moochelle’s ‘diet’ plan is really working and so is Obama’s.
And yet Moochelle’s backside is evidence that she doesn’t follow the advice she gives; a liberal trait.
I went to catholic boarding school. We had a basket of fish and a basket of bread and they fed everybody.
Where are the libs screaming about how these kids were singled-out and HUMILIATED in front of their classmates?
First of all, describing most school lunches as food is questionable. Then there's the issue of responsibility. If parents can't afford the stuff, it's free. So, these parents can afford to feed their children. If they aren't going to pay their share, they shouldn't get school lunch.
What's the school supposed to do? Just let the parents not pay what they owe?
How can it be their property when they nor their parents paid for it?
what does outrage plus outrage equal? it should not be apathy.
the obama hydra is so massive its not clear which tentacle to address first.
yes, this is how it was... i remember playing tether ball (i was the reigning champ of the girls--third grade) and this girl offered to hold my little purse for me... when lunch time came, i went through the line and was about to pay for my lunch (45 cents... one quarter, two dimes) but my money was missing from my purse... i knew that girl had stolen it... anyway, i was given a bun and a carton of milk... and i started to cry... my friends offered to share their lunches with me... but i took my bun and milk... when we went back to class, my teacher could tell that i had been crying, and she asked what was wrong... i told her, and she--then and there--walked me to the teachers' lounge and put together a lunch for me! she had cheese, crackers, salami, apples and a donut! i will always remember that...
They used to be called school dieticians.
Am I misreading this article? WHy are folks here appalled? It was heavy handed and for sure it's no way to deal with kids who have the misfortune to have been dealt deadbeat parents. But...
What happened was unnecessarily embarrassing to the kids but it was by no means robbery. These kids hadn't paid for their lunches. I don't agree with the approach but there is no such thing as a free lunch.
OMG I AM LAUGHING TILL I AM CRYING! funny, funny, funny!!!
It was a much more civil society back then....
Salt Lake is not Utah in a lot of ways. They seem to have had a lot of loonies migrate there since I left.
Pay or starve, the school shouldn’t feed any kid for free!!
I was taught to work for and pay for anything I ever got.
I recall consuming a lot of PBJs, chips and fruit during the 50s and I'm still kickin' although I do have an abiding aversion to Vienna sausage and deviled ham which my mom was also prone to put in the sack. Occasionally, I ate the full cafeteria fare which usually included mystery meat (except fish on Fridays), two veggies (including turnip greens and pintos), plus cornbread and some kind of dessert (jello, banana pudding). The full charge, IIRC, was $.35 (non-subsidized).
From what I read, the above diet is commonly served in prisons, but it is nutritious.
Referring to label size COW on inside of black stretch pants just to
funny! SO TRUE!
Government Giveth, and the Government Taketh Away.
There is a story behind that statement ... :)
"...and that's the way it was.....AND WE LIKED IT!"
lol.... yep... that’s me
I know a retired teacher who is of the opinion that sending a child to government school is a form of child abuse.
LOL, me too. (Well at least the ‘grumpy’ part)
When I went to school it was $10.00 for a month or bring your own. I was given a weekly card that had M T W T F with the school district, name of school stuff like that. When you went through the line your card was hole-punched for that day at the register or you could pay .50 for lunch. Easy and efficient with much better menus. We even had a snack line where you could purchase twinkies, suzi-q’s stuff like that if you wanted. Lunches now are just a nightmare compared to then. You could also qualify for the free lunch program based on parents income.
This school screwed up here and punished the children. Sad.
I guess I’m missing something. Why should schools be required to give free lunches to kids whose parents can afford to pay but who do not?