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Jan 30, 2014 04:05 PM

School District Seizes Lunches From 40 Elementary Students

As many as 40 students at Uintah Elementary in Salt Lake City had their lunches—which they'd already received from the cafeteria—seized and trashed by school authorities because their parents were behind on payments.

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  1. Bureaucrat (Child-nutrition manager) + liberal application of Tar and Feathers = Problem solved

    1. The workers then took those lunches from the students and threw them away, he said, because once food is served to one student it can’t be served to another. Children whose lunches were taken were given milk and fruit instead.
      I can only imagine how the kids felt. What kind of message did this send to the children? The workers threw out perfectly good food (I'm assuming good) and gave each child milk & fruit instead? Free milk & fruit? But it's okay to waste food while you're miffed about a past due lunch balance. What??

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      1. re: HillJ

        Tell you what, I can remember how geeky I could feel at any given moment back when I was 10 even on an ordinary day. Shame, shame, shame on people who brought the mistake of grownups to the kids' tables.

        1. re: pinehurst

          Frankly pineh, if educators and people working with children can't remain cool, calm and collected over something as simple as school lunch, there are bigger issues at play. The video linked below shows how quickly Admin wanted to laugh it off. Lawyers at the microphone serious one minute, joking the next. At the end of the day it's politics. How do "we" handle the embarrassment.

          We all know this should never have happened. Or escalated to this point. But what saddens me is that children never forget how you make them feel. They move on, they don't forget. How sad for each of them that their school, a place for learning, would make them feel humiliated or worse. Mistakes happen, cruelty has no place-anywhere.

      2. Terminate that oblivious bureaucrat who ordered the seizing and trashing of their food. Yes that makes sense, throw away food when the kids are standing there hungry and humiliated in front of their peers. Lots of damage control needed on this one.

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        1. re: MamasCooking

          It seems they've suspended one person: but it doesn't seem clear who actually ordered the seizing. They seem prepared to get rid of more people over this, though.

        2. What a bunch of idiots.

          This is an issue for the parents and the school officials; the kids should not have to be involved.

            1. re: ritabwh

              ...and in a place that is supposed to be ABOUT the children. They can't help their family circumstances; they're stuck with it. If there's stress at home, it would be nice for school to be a safe haven, not a place for humiliation and semi-starvation.

              1. re: sandylc

                Poor kids. This is a grammar school so it was little guys like in 5th grade and such:( Adults bullying hungry little school kids. Let me at em:(!!!!

                1. re: sandylc

                  and let's all be honest -- the fact that a kid's lunch account is behind is NOT necessarily a sign of the family's financial status --- I'll be the first to raise my hand to say that it's slipped through the cracks once or twice when I've been traveling heavily.

                  They fed my kid, however, and just sent me a note.

                  1. re: sunshine842

                    I work with my brother and he consistently forgets to put money into his two kids' lunch accounts. He has the money but not a good memory, apparently. In our school district, no money in the account means no food. They don't go through the line at all.

                    I got a text just this Wednesday at 11:50 from my 7th-grade nephew:
                    "lee lee, can you please bring me lunch money. I'm out and dad had to go to Denton." I ran right over to the school.

                    The poor kids that had their lunches taken up. So awful!

                    1. re: KrumTx

                      our school district has move the entire system online -- I just make an online payment, and it sends me an email when the account drops below an amount that *I* choose. Haven't run dry since they made the switch.

                  2. re: sandylc

                    hate to say this but the "saints" did not act very saintly. :-(