By AATTP Contributor, Progressive Populist
A middle school in Massachusetts denied around 25 students lunch earlier this week due to insufficient funds in their lunch accounts. The students had their perfectly good lunches thrown away and had to go hungry, angering their parents and others.
Robert J. Coelho Middle School in Attleboro is where this cruelty took place. Whitson’s Culinary Group of Islandia, N.Y. is the school food contracting service who made the decision to stop students from eating their lunch if there was not enough credit in the student’s pre-paid account or if they were not able to provide cash for the meal.
As per school policy, students are to be served a cheese sandwich and milk to any student who cannot pay for their meal. However, Whitson’s did not offer the 25 students this option.
Superintendent Pia Durkin said that the on-site director was placed on administrative leave and Whitson’s has been directed to not deny any student food in the future. “There is no way any child in my school district will ever go hungry,” Durkin said. “Children need to eat.” Whitson’s was apologetic about the incident, as they should be, since the students were singled out in front of their peers and forced to go hungry the rest of the school day. And parents were not notified of the lack of funds in the student’s pre-paid accounts. The company issued the following statement:
We regret that these students were denied meals and agree that this situation should have been handled differently. We apologize to the students and the community for this incident and are conducting a full investigation.
Angry parent John Greaves said it best:
I’m pissed that when there are people in prison who are getting meals, my daughter, an honor student, is going hungry.
Please watch the video, courtesy of Fox 25
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