Students at Overton High School in Memphis, TN are concerned about the quality of their lunches — and this time, conservatives can’t blame Michelle Obama. One student found a maggot crawling out from beneath his or her meal — and classmates fear that the presence of one indicates the presence of many.
The student recorded the lunchtime intruder and posted the video on Instagram for all to see.
Shelby County Schools sent WMC Action News 5 a statement claiming that the singular maggot was an isolated incident, and that no other lunches were affected:
“A student reported that they found what appeared to be an insect on their meal. School and district staff have since conducted a thorough inspection of the cafeteria and kitchen to ensure that no other meals were contaminated. They found that no additional food items were compromised.”
On Monday, however, another student told the station that more maggots were found in a school lunch.
“It was just nasty, and we need better lunches because I was eating my chicken sandwich and a maggot popped out.”
He or she said that a petition entitled “Better Lunches, No Maggots” was created in hope that the school would reevaluate its lunches.
Shelby County Schools’ Central Nutrition Center, where the maggot meal was prepared, was recently touted as an example for districts across the nation. The single kitchen provides food to 200 of the district’s schools. Senate Agricultural Committee staffers toured the Nutrition Center. They were impressed — but students aren’t.
Here at AATTP, we would love to blame Republicans and budget cuts for the unwelcome surprise, but Memphis has actually increased its school budget by 57 percent since 2000. Back in January, Shelby School district also announced that lunches would be free for all students this school year.
Watch a report on the “maggot situation” below: