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Mother Claims Smithville School Denied Her Child a Hot Lunch Several Times

The parent spoke out following reports of a Utah school denying children lunch.

The mother of a Smithville Elementary School fifth grader claims her child has been denied a hot lunch by the school cafeteria several times over the past two years, NBC40 reports.

The parent claims her child was denied a hot lunch because of an outstanding balance. Her child was given a cheese sandwich instead, according to the report.

She spoke up after revelations that a similar situation unfolded in a Utah school in which 40 children were denied a hot lunch, and in some instances had their lunch seized from them after already receiving it, because of outstanding balances. In those cases, children were given a piece of fruit and milk.

In Smithville, if a parent owes more than $25, their child is given what is called an "alternative lunch," according to the report. Superintendent of Schools Dr. Annette Giaquinto told NBC40 there are alerts in place should a parent come close to owing more than is permitted on the account. She said a child is never denied lunch.

The parent did eventually speak with the Smithville Elementary School principal who apologized, according to the report. The cafeteria has not received any complaints this year.
tintonfallsretiree February 03, 2014 at 04:14 PM
First Mary Crawford says that someone made this all up. Now she changes course and now says that despite multiple sources (news and individual citizens) stating the same thing, it is still not true. That is what a public education does for you. You contradict yourself and refuse to accept the truth. No one said the policy was not clear or fair. What we are saying is that the public school district along with the parents are both accountable as they are both using taxpayer money. To take something out on a young student for a parent related matter is morally wrong. But then again we have a public school supporter who states that these so called "educators" are caring and dedicated. I can't wait to see what she has to say when it all comes out that this is indeed what was done to the young kids and the taxpayers.
Diogenes February 07, 2014 at 04:57 PM
Galloway7757 and tintonfallsretiree's legs must be very tired from jumping to conclusions without actually knowing the facts of this alleged incident. If I had a nickel for every baseless accusation made by a parent about schools and teachers I would be as rich as Warren Buffet.
galloway7757 February 07, 2014 at 10:59 PM
Diogenes, you dont even know the difference between a private and a charter school. If I had a penny for every lie from the public schools, I would not only be richer than Warren Buffett but make three times as much as him in a year.

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