Utah school officials explain why kids' lunches were taken, vow to never let it happen again

  • Article by: Associated Press
  • Updated: February 5, 2014 - 1:46 PM

SALT LAKE CITY — A Utah school district that came under fire for taking away $2 school lunches from some 40 students whose parents owed money on food accounts are vowing to make systemic changes to ensure it never happens again.

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sanemanFeb. 5, 14 2:00 PM

To be clear, I agree that the actions in taking away lunches from kids is unconscionable. But in the midst of all the cries for accountability relating to the school personnel -- shouldn't the parents who put their kids in the position in the first place be accountable as well?

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selfmadeFeb. 5, 14 2:16 PM

Kids' lunches are the responsibility of the parents, not the kids themselves. Take the business end up with those parents and leave the kids out of it. Taking food BACK just to throw it in the trash is appalling. Fixing the accounting and/or communication process is one thing...Embarrassing students in front of their peers and starving them to boot is a whole separate ethical and moral issue altogether...

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SlimDickensFeb. 5, 14 2:43 PM

It's sad that incompetent decision-makers are so frequently placed in the position to make decisions.

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wileyrulesFeb. 5, 14 3:02 PM

Too bad the kids had to go through this lesson with the school district officials.

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bligglemayFeb. 5, 14 3:33 PM

Send out Guito to collect the loot or break off their parent's thumbs. But Guito should not be whacking on the children ever again.

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derogatoryFeb. 5, 14 3:45 PM

Because they're heartless mindless jerks! why anyone would treat a child like that is beyond my comprehension!

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NoMasBSFeb. 5, 14 4:20 PM

saneman, yeah probably if the parents were made aware of the money shortage in the first place but obviously as the article says many times there was a BIG communication problem between the school and the parents. Of course your sites were set on calling out someone for their, "entitled" attitude now weren't they? Whatever... get a life and stop worrying about someone trying to get a free ride. I'm sure that you've never tried to do that now have you.

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paige7Feb. 5, 14 4:35 PM

Even worse than the fact that kids were humiliated, it has been reported than some of these kids in fact DID have funds in their account.

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kkjerFeb. 5, 14 4:47 PM

The one thing we don't know is the school notifies the parents. If they just send a note home with the kids there is about 75% chance the note doesn't make off the school grounds.

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hermajestyFeb. 5, 14 5:00 PM

When I was in school, we paid cash for our lunches. That should be an option for kids whose accounts have run low (or they could borrow the money from a friend or teacher).

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