California mom Kim Segaline is perturbed by Bonsall West Elementary School’s decision to place a sticker on her 7-year-old son that read, “Lunch Money Please,” after he did not have enough money to pay for lunch.
Upon his return home, Kim asked him why he was wearing the sticker. He informed her that “the lunch lady put it on [him] to wear home for [his] parents to see.” Interestingly, Preston is eligible for free school lunch, and has received it for the last two years. Segaline told Opposing Views that she was informed that she needed to fill out a new form for this school year so that her son can continue to receive free lunch, which she certainly intends to do. The school planned to send home a note, but places the sticker on students to “make sure (parents) get the message.”
However, it must be asked whether the school’s action can be excused. Is it right to humiliate a child–to expose his family’s financial situation–over food? We must ask ourselves what we have become as a nation, when schools are throwing away a child’s lunch if he or she does not have the money, and choosing to humiliate children who do not stem from affluence. When we won’t feed a hungry child, can we call ourselves civilized?
h/t Opposing Views