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April 05, 2013 No noon meal for kids in debt at middle school

 

Students at an Attleboro, Massachusetts, middle school went hungry this week, if they had a negative balance on their pre-paid lunch cards.

Five cents of debt was enough for cafeteria employees at the Coehlo Middle School to instruct kids at least one day this week to dump out the food they would have normally eaten, CNN affiliate WJAR in Rhode Island reported.

About 25 children left the lunchroom with empty stomachs, said Whitson's Culinary Group in a statement. The company runs the school's cafeteria.

Parents were appalled. So was the principal. So was Whitson's.

"I told them this is bullying; that's neglect, child abuse," said parent Jo-An Blanchard.

Principal Andrew Boles apologized and blamed the culinary company. "My expectation is that every child, every adult, every parent, every student, every teacher is respected in this building, and that didn't happen yesterday because of Whitson's," he told WJAR.

Whitson's apologized in a statement and said it was not company policy to deny meals to children. It added that the school district had no official policy on what to do in such situations.

"Employees had taken it upon themselves to institute this change; it was not condoned or approved," said Whitson spokeswoman Holly Von Seggern. "We had absolutely no idea."

Workers in the school's cafeteria work on a contract basis, Boles said. He thinks the decision came from Whitson's.

Whitson's supplies 80 schools in New England with lunch meals, Von Seggern said. CNN could find no previous reports on similar incidents involving the company.

Kids with a negative balance usually receive "a cheese sandwich, a fruit and vegetable, and milk." Then the company contacts the parents about payment.

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A kid that has skipped one meal isn't going hungry. 

 

That being said, it was very shitty to make the kids dump the food in the trash just because there was no money in the account. Everyone loses in that situation. Is it really worth it to have kids throwing away the food on their tray because of a 5 cent balance their parents would surely pay as soon as it's brought to their attention? This is just a case of dumb employees making dumb decisions.

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Again the victim is caught in the cross fire. The children did not do anything to deserve to be treated like that! Nutrition is an important part of education. Kids need to have a full stomach to have the full capacity to learn. I do not see the point of making the kids dump the food in the garbage because it wastes food, time, and energy. I do not blame the employees because they usually enforce the rules.

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I agree, a combination of absent-minded or uncaring parents + jobsworth employees leaves a poor kid without food that is then wasted and dumped! It beggars belief..

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Throwing the food away is a sin. They should have allowed kids to consume it, after all it is only milk, apple and a sandwitch. God help this country if the real crunch comes. We will be eating each other.

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The employees were fired for this. Personally, I don't think missing a meal will damage a child. The parents need to pay for the lunches or do what I would do - take my kids out of government run schools and feed them lunch at home.

 

The public school system is nothing but a propaganda machine for the left and a taxpayer funded pension maker for people who have no capacity to teach. Shut down this awful system. Take the tax money and give it to the parents as vouchers to buy a real education at the private school of their choice, or home-school. Anything is better than the government school system.

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I think they went about this all wrong. It is not the child's fault that their lazy worthless parents aren't paying their bills. And by law these kids are to young to legally work to get money to pay for their own. So we are punishing kids without a choice. Pretty sad.

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Ok I need to respond to this. First of all I have to say, some of you really do not understand the whole situation or you would not be getting so judgemental and making these statements. My two kids are on the reduced lunch program that was offered at their school. I am a full time working parent. I am a single parent struggling to make enough to pay rent. And yes, I pay taxes just like everyone else. Thank God my kids qualified for the reducedfood program. This means that instead of me making there lunches every day they are allowed to receive a free lunch every afternoon at school. When the kids go back sometimes for second helpings, or take something that is not on the reduced menu, I get charged for it. However, I do not know about ANY bills my kids have racked up until the end of the semester!! I have repeatedly told them do not give the boys seconds or any thing else. If they are hungry I will pack them an extra lunch. I do not appreciate getting stuck with a bill when I am assuming that the lunch is being taken care of. The communication level between parent and school is lousy!! Iam NOT a lazy worthless parent!!!  I am paying all my bills! And I do not starve my kids or knowingly let them go without eating!!  I cannot be at the school lunch line to see what is going on there all the time. I am neither absent minded or a beggar. The only thing that is sad around here is some peoples judgemental attitudes when they have no clue what they are talking about!!!

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Why should people be working to pay tax to feed others children?

 

Because the image of children starving isn't compatible with most peoples' vision for America. 

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Thank God my kids qualified for the reducedfood program.. I am neither absent minded or a beggar. The only thing that is sad around here is some peoples judgemental attitudes when they have no clue what they are talking about!!!

 

If you are not a beggar than why is someone else having to pay for your children to eat?  We can all have these big ideas, but the reality of the situation is that you have children that you cannot afford, and now other people have to pick up the tab.

 

Because the image of children starving isn't compatible with most peoples' vision for America. 

 

Thats right, my vision of America is fat lazy grossly obese people.  Most of them could do with missing at least one meal a day.

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Why should people be working to pay tax to feed others children?

 

Same reason why people who don't fall sick are paying taxes to fund hospitals to treat people who fall sick. Same reason why people who don't have cars are paying taxex to fund the repair of roads caused by people who drive cars on the roads. I heard they call this thing democracy. Or something like that.

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Because they are humans, not wild animals

 

So when there are too many to feed, and no money left, what will happen then?   Why are all these "humans" my responsibility?  What will they do for me in return?  And how much do you give to pay for all these hungry humans?

 

 
People who drive in the UK who pay just road tax, pay more money in this taxation than is used to repairs the roads.  Add to that fuel duty, tax on insurance, and you will find that people who have cars pay taxes to buy things they have no interest in and do not use.  Democracy it is not.
 
 

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I think this is a fine example of democracy (mob rule) in action. These are all programs that the people voted to put into place: free education, free lunches or reduced lunches, free, free, free. But, they are not free. Someone is paying for them and it's not those who get a nice little payback in their tax returns each year, it's the ones that pay in the money. The rest of you are eating them alive. The "needy" now have the ability to vote themselves free stuff by the spread of democratic principles. Stop complaining when reality pops up and other peoples money isn't immediately available to be stolen to feed you or your kids. Missing a meal isn't the end of the world.

 

Just wait for the free healthcare. 

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Thats right, my vision of America is fat lazy grossly obese people.  Most of them could do with missing at least one meal a day.

 

Numerous studies have shown that children learn better on a full stomach. If we're going to have a commitment to education, it stands to reason that we should invest a small amount of money to make sure that those children have been fed. 

 

Your vision seems very Ayn Rand. 

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Numerous studies have shown that children learn better on a full stomach. If we're going to have a commitment to education, it stands to reason that we should invest a small amount of money to make sure that those children have been fed. 

 

Your vision seems very Ayn Rand. 

 

Er, and studies have shown that government school graduates can't read or do math, either. I personally have no commitment to the education of YOUR children. It does not stand to reason that "we" should do anything that amounts to redistribution of wealth. How about you feed and educate your kids and I'll take care of mine?

 

"Your vision seems very Ayn Rand." 

You say that like it's a bad thing.  :o What's your problem with Rand? She didn't offer you enough of everyone else's money? 

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So when there are too many to feed, and no money left, what will happen then?   Why are all these "humans" my responsibility?  What will they do for me in return?  And how much do you give to pay for all these hungry humans?

 

 
People who drive in the UK who pay just road tax, pay more money in this taxation than is used to repairs the roads.  Add to that fuel duty, tax on insurance, and you will find that people who have cars pay taxes to buy things they have no interest in and do not use.  Democracy it is not.
 
 

 

Democracy it is not? Welcome to the club. Democracy had never been around anywhere in the world. It is just a catchall word to cover up all kinds of con games  and nefarious schemes. If we are really free to travel to live where we rather be, I believe there will be a dramatic change in population concentrations around the world.

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We give billions to a terrorist state to educate their own children, while American children subsist on Food Banks and donations:

 

How much do we spend to try to educate muslim invaders in our own lands? 

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How much do we spend to try to educate muslim invaders in our own lands? 

 

Do not make me laugh! The only invaders are thousands of Zionists, Mossad agents and trained killers comintg from Israel. They blew up the World Centre so thank them Neo.

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How much do we spend to try to educate muslim invaders in our own lands? 

 

Just curious. Why did you let them in in the first place? Surely they didn't come like the Romans did, with superior arms. Or like the Normans did. Say, come to think of it, the UK is not the home of a homogenous race, is it?

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Do not make me laugh! The only invaders are thousands of Zionists, Mossad agents and trained killers comintg from Israel. They blew up the World Centre so thank them Neo.

 

 

Dont make me laugh!  The streets are full of Pakistanis, Indians, Africans and mosques are popping up everywhere.

 

Just curious. Why did you let them in in the first place? Surely they didn't come like the Romans did, with superior arms. Or like the Normans did. Say, come to think of it, the UK is not the home of a homogenous race, is it?

 

Our last traitorous socialist government let them in, as they thought they would vote for them and they wanted to purposely dilute our homogeneous society.  Our current government promised to cut immigration to almost nothing, they have lied and nothing has changed.

 

Of Soko's muslim friends who have invaded our island, 75% of the women are on benefits, 50% of the men.   They do not speak our language, have no skills we need.  Of course, this is the real problem we face, parasitical muslims, certainty not jews as he fears as they are very small in number and tend to be educated and live Western life styles.

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Dont make me laugh!  The streets are full of Pakistanis, Indians, Africans and mosques are popping up everywhere.

 

 

Our last traitorous socialist government let them in, as they thought they would vote for them and they wanted to purposely dilute our homogeneous society.  Our current government promised to cut immigration to almost nothing, they have lied and nothing has changed.

 

Of Soko's muslim friends who have invaded our island, 75% of the women are on benefits, 50% of the men.   They do not speak our language, have no skills we need.  Of course, this is the real problem we face, parasitical muslims, certainty not jews as he fears as they are very small in number and tend to be educated and live Western life styles.

What is wrong with mosques, Muslims build mosques, Christians build churches, Buddhists build temples and Jews build synagogues. In the place wher I live there are more synagogues than you can imagine why don't you bitch about them?

 

You are a LIAR. Muslims work for a living, unless they are unable to. They speak their own language, you're just jelous that you do not understand what they are saying. Traitor is yourself, supporting the most vicious murderous nation, Israel!

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