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#1 Hum

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Posted 13 May 2014 - 02:19

DOWAGIAC, Mich. (WBND) — A Michigan student says he was humiliated when school officials took away his lunch because there wasn’t enough money in his account. After his mom heard what happened, she took matters into her own hands.

“It was really embarrassing, especially in front of the whole class,” said Dominic Gant, a junior at Dowagiac Union High School.

On Friday, Dominic was served his normal cafeteria lunch, but just as soon as he was served, his lunch was taken away.

Dominic had an outstanding balance of less than $5 in his lunch account. His high school, like many other schools, has a policy that denies a hot lunch, and sometimes any lunch, to students who can’t pay.

“I was appalled that he was denied lunch and his lunch was taken out of his hands over $5,” said Amanda Keown, Dominic’s mom.

She was so upset her son was sent home hungry, she immediately contacted the school. They told her the balance doesn’t matter, even if it’s a small amount.

“She asked me where is the cutoff, where do you draw the line with the charges, when do you say no more? And I said there shouldn’t be a line,” says Keown.

So she took matters into her own hands. She didn’t want to see another student be sent home hungry, so she paid off every student’s outstanding balance in the entire high school.

“I realize I didn’t have to do that but I don’t want another kid going through what my son went through,” said Keown.

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Posted 13 May 2014 - 02:27

Well, at my school they let us go in the red for 3 lunches, and then we get a peanut butter sandwich after that, but now they're changed the policy and we have to have the money or else we don't get lunch. I don't see what's wrong with not being able to get commercially available food because you can't pay for it, but I guess the mom was nice to pay off the over due accounts.



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Posted 13 May 2014 - 02:33

Can't watch video, but... any clarification on the "taken away" wording? Because if they gave it to him, then took it back, they can't give it to another student. If they made a kid go hungry so they could throw his food away, I'm going to go punch something.

 

(that being said... high school... they aren't babies anymore and most can probably make at home or earn money for their own lunches by then)



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Posted 13 May 2014 - 02:34

The mom in the video kinda looks like she is on something...

 

Anyway, stupid as hell for any school to do this.



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Posted 13 May 2014 - 02:38

I took my water pistol to school, in case they got any ideas about not feeding me. :shiftyninja:



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Posted 13 May 2014 - 02:43

WTF! I'm with Charisma on this one.

The school could have called social services or some other power that be, to get this matter corrected, making a school kid go hungry...?

Heroic mom for what she did though



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Posted 13 May 2014 - 08:31

This school, and others that do this, are taking major local ridicule for this practice. Expect CYA changes.

Fact is, a lot of kids are already dropping out of the school lunch programs because the "healthier" food choices pushed in by Michele Obama suck so bad the kids won't eat them.

Which begs the question, how can they be healthier if the kids would rather go without lunch or smuggle in snack foods, candy bars etc.?

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Posted 13 May 2014 - 08:38

When I was at school, kids got a free lunch if they couldn't afford to buy their own. It's the other way around here it seems.

 

Hmmm. 



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Posted 13 May 2014 - 08:39

Well done mom!



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Posted 13 May 2014 - 08:42

This school, and others that do this, are taking major local ridicule for this practice. Expect CYA changes.

Fact is, a lot of kids are already dropping out of the school lunch programs because the "healthier" food choices pushed in by Michele Obama suck so bad the kids won't eat them.

Which begs the question, how can they be healthier if the kids would rather go without lunch or smuggle in snack foods, candy bars etc.?

If the kids were raised properly, eating real food instead of crap, you wouldn't have that problem.



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Posted 13 May 2014 - 08:50

If the kids were raised properly, eating real food instead of crap, you wouldn't have that problem.


You can raise them as proper as you can, but as soon as they spend more time out than in your control level changes.

In the case of many schools they are within a block of the nearest 7/11, a party store or McDonalds. Jr High and HS kids will just go off campus for "lunch."

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Posted 13 May 2014 - 08:51

You can raise them as proper as you can, but as soon as they spend more time out than in your control level changes.

In the case of many schools they are within a block of the nearest 7/11, a party store or McDonalds. Jr High and HS kids will just go off campus for "lunch."

And if they have the money to do that, more power to them. But saying the schools shouldn't have healthy food because the kids would rather eat junk is stupid.



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Posted 13 May 2014 - 08:56

Healthy food isn't bad, what's bad is you have kids that have been fed and are still being food food that 90% fat, sugar and salt.



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Posted 13 May 2014 - 09:05

He had $5 in his account and that wasn't enough to afford lunch so they didn't give him any. Then his mum pays for every students outstanding balances?

 

Doesn't really make sense, what outstanding balances is there if they don't give food once you run out of money in your account?



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Posted 13 May 2014 - 09:13

Yeah back when I was at school (in the UK) if your family was poor then you were given free school lunches. I believe that programme has recently been extended to cover all kids under a certain age to encourage healthier eating, poor family or not.

 

America will monetize anything it seems.