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Published: Wednesday, Feb. 12 2014 4:13 p.m. MST

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Chris B
Salt Lake City, UT

Where is the outrage towards the parents? THEY are the ones responsible for feeding their children, NOT the school. The school is involved in the process but that doesn't mean the resonsiblity is anywhere but with the PARENTS.

I'm sorry, "I forgot their balance was low" is not a good excuse. It's your child. Feed him/her.

My suggestion is schools start assessing fines to parents for going in the negative for lunch money.

The system can't be built on "pay if you want but no big deal if you don't pay"

Start fining the parents. For every dollar they go in the negative, have pay back twice that amount.

Kings Court
Alpine, UT

Well, at least the scapegoats can now return to work. I wonder if those who are truly responsible will ever face any public scorn. I doubt it.

Mont Pugmire
Fairview, UT

The REAL guilty ones are the parents. Next in line are the bureaucrats in the district offices. The poor employees were made the scapegoats in typical governmental fashion of seeking first to find someone ELSE to blame and then, sometimes, trying to fix the problem.
Huge Kudos go to a Jazz player and his efforts to reach out to the victims (the children).
I am sure this is not the only school to have treated the children poorly.

Steven S Jarvis
Orem, UT

It isn't always the parents fault for not knowing the balance was overdue.

I taught at a school in Tucson where overdue lunch notices went out for the first time during the school year in mid May. I had to tell a little girl to not panic at the $70 lunch bill, and to just ask her parent to pay whatever she could pay even if it was only $10. The fault in that case lied squarely on the shoulders of the principal who failed to send out the proper paperwork for free and reduced lunch and for never delegating responsibility. To her defense her husband passed away mid year after a long fight with cancer and she had to deal with the murder/suicide of a faculty member as well as a number of other valid reasons things didn't get done. In the end the school PTA covered the 10K shortfall.

Frankly, with what has been reported the problem stemmed from poor communication from the school and a new system was being used. Can't blame the parents for either of those problems.

Chris B
Salt Lake City, UT

@Steven,

YOu couldn't be more wrong. Its always the parents responsibility to make sure their kid is eating. Its the parents responsibility to request and fill out any reduced price paperwork they need to.

Its always the parents responsibility to ensure there is enough money to pay for their kids lunch or for proper communication with the school if there are other arrangements such as reduced price or free.

Always the parents responibilty to feed their kids.

VST
Bountiful, UT

@Chris,

Apparently you missed the story where it was determined to be an error in the school software that caused the problem. The parents were not aware there was a problem, and likely in most instances, were current in their lunch payments.

worf
Mcallen, TX

Lack of respect for tax payer money.

I don't even allow my own children to throw food away.

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