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Utah Elementary School Makes Kids Throw Out Food Due To Unpaid Meal Tabs

Can you picture yourself in elementary school with all your friends in the lunch line. You get your food, and when you get to the register, the lunch aid takes your food and throws it in the trash — but gives you a piece of fruit and milk.

Well, Tuesday, at a Utah Elementary, school that is exactly what happen to about 40 young students with unpaid meal tabs. Officials said it’s school policy for food in such situations to be put in the trash.

The move has sparked a social outcry, and due to that outcry, the cafeteria manger and a district supervisor were placed on paid administrative leave, even though the decision to take the lunches was made by a district-level child nutrition manager, due to parents having unpaid meal tabs.

Sens. Jim Dabakis, D-Salt Lake City, and Todd Weiler, R-Woods Cross, visited the school Thursday, holding a press conference outside before joining the kids inside for lunch, in a attempt to smooth out the social uproar. Hopefully the media coverage and outrage will forced the school district to make changes about how to handle unpaid meal tabs in the future.

No kid should ever go hungry, especially in a public school, in my opinion. I also feel like the school is just trying to pass the buck and blame the government and policies in a attempt to lessen their guilt.

Sad thing is, this isn’t the first time a public school has made kids throw out lunches due to lack of funds, and I can bet it won’t be the last. What do you think should happen to the school? Who is really at fault?

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