A school district that recently drew fire from around the county when Uintah Elementary took food from a number of hungry children who were behind on their lunch accounts and threw the food in the trash. After the school wasted money by throwing good food away the proper meals were replaced with a piece of fruit and some milk, depriving the children of an opportunity to finish the day after having eaten properly.
The school faced an outpouring of ill wishes not only from locals, but from citizens around the country who feel that it is never acceptable to cause a child to go hungry–especially in school. Two district employees were placed on paid leave and an investigation into the incident was launched.
Republican State Senator Todd Weiler joined Democrat Jim Debakis in a crusade against the policies that institutionalize the act of depriving children of food. The pair are strong advocating for legislation to prevent such a thing from happening again (though Weiler seems to feel that it’s OK to tweet tasteless jokes about the situation).
The district has announced a change in police aimed at preventing this sort of thing from happening again. Accounts will be flagged once they are $10 or more overdue, and principals will help notify parents. Officials say that all communications will now be made directly to parents rather than by sending notes home with students.
No matter what, students will always be given a full meal. Now wasn’t that simple?