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Published: Thursday, Aug. 21 2014 4:10 p.m. MDT

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John Charity Spring
Back Home in Davis County, UT

Has society fallen so low that feeding children garbage no longer even causes school officials to pause? Apparently so.

No serious person can deny that Western Civilization has truly reached its lowest point in several millennia. In a time when the ignorant masses consider high culture to be sitting around in sweatpants watching hot dog eating contests to be high culture, there is great reason for concern. Essentially, the great croc-wearing hordes are dragging society into depravity. Our society is rapidly approaching a new Dark Age. This process will soon reach the stage of being irreversible unless we act fast to protect what little refinement still exists in society.

We must stop this slide into mediocrity by insisting that school officials have common sense. This was apparently lacking here in this garbage incident.

Midway, UT

The school gives the pizza and gets sued. The school doesn't give the pizza and gets sued. No matter the action taken, the result would end up the same.

Has society fallen so low that we can't eat pizza (fully contained in the box, on the very top of the pile, and unscathed) out of the garbage can? Day old pizza must also be an abomination!

The same people complaining would support donating day-old/newly expired canned food, bread, etc to the homeless.

San Bernardino, CA

This is not a story. This little girl got a dose of insulin calculated for pizza, a food that is very high in simple carbohydrates. Once she had taken the insulin there were two choices, feed the girl a very high carb food, or let her insulin bottom out her blood sugar, which is far more dangerous. The pizza was not exposed to anything; it was still in the box! This lunch server did the right thing in my opinion. She faced a big challenge and made a hard decision which was the right decision. Our society needs to chill out. Why does everybody have to be outraged all the time?

Mom With A Mission
Lehi, UT

After reading the story I have to disagree with John Charity Spring. I think the person who fed her the pizza (albeit from a pizza box left on top of a can) was thinking logically. The student is diabetic and, anticipating her lunch meal of a pizza slice, already gave herself insulin. The potential for the student's blood sugar to drop to a seriously low level was there. If I was in the same position I might use some discretion to get the student some food. I don't know how panicky this student was, and if she demanded a pizza slice, and I knew it was left-over pizza in a pizza box (on top of the garbage, I wouldn't sit around worrying if I had violated some policy. I'd give the girl some pizza. It doesn't say the person pulled a pizza slice out of the garbage can and it doesn't say it came off some kids thrown away plate. Don't know if this is news worthy. I do agree Western Civilization is crumbling though-but for different reasons.

Howard Beal
Provo, UT


Please relax. I'm sure the sun will come up tomorrow. Have a nice day...

Riverton Cougar
Riverton, UT

It's funny that if the pizza box were sitting two feet away from the garbage can instead this would not be a story.

The headline makes it seem like a worker went dumpster diving to give a student pizza. However, reading the story we find that the girl begged and begged for it (as sisucas pointed out, she had good reason) until the worker gave a pizza that was still unscathed.

However, I'm sure some policy was broken. Spirit of the law, letter of the law. I think the letter of the law will rule out on this one, unfortunately. That's the world we live in.

I know it. I Live it. I Love it.
Provo, UT

"Lunch manager on leave"

I surely hope they are getting paid! I'm more outraged that the school is giving into their fear of the hypersensitive public instead of having common sense.

Socialist debates aside, school-provided food is a non-obligatory service in any system. That means that no one did anything wrong except an under-prepared parent (which anyone can be guilty of). Instead of focusing on guilt, let's focus on how to avoid things like this reasonably and fairly.

Reinstate the lunch manager. Give her a medal for caring more about the kid AND being honest about what was being served. In the future, she can call mom and say "you have two options... a box that touched a garbage can or you can come bring your kid a meal because you didn't pack one". That sounds harsh, but I'm not saying it to judge the mom. I'm just saying it's an option we shouldn't discount.

Perspective people, perspective! :)

Tooele, UT

After reading this article, I really believe the lunch manager did have the best interest in that student in mind, and the student and the mother really blew it out of porportion. The pizza was still in the box untouched and just sitting on top of the garbage can, not inside as the title of this article would have everyone thinking, still edible in my opinion. I have to side with the lunch manager for caring for the student and seeing the big picture of what could have happened. Also maybe this student needs to eat more healthy if she's diabetic so this won't happen again or even better her mother should pack her a lunch from home instead of causing a big fuss for someone trying to help her daughter.

Buena Vista, VA

First, if there was pizza left over, someone should have eaten it, rather than tossing it in the trash. What a waste. Not hungry now? Save it for later.

Second, a few years ago, I found a pizza box in the trash of a college classroom. Just on a hunch, I opened it and found over half a pizza inside. I figured, since they empty the trash cans daily, it must be from the previous night, probably a student party. I ate the pizza. No harm done.

Chris from Rose Park
Hartford, CT

Ditto to what's been said by sisucas, Riverton Cougar, and others.

Highland, UT

How time sensitive was it that she eat the pizza? Could the principal have run to the pizza place and got another pizza quick? I'm not very well educated on diabetes - but according to previous posts, it's pretty crucial she get the right thing post insulin.

Kaysville, UT

The food manager was not the only one involved as the aide must have been there also, as she was reassigned. The pizza box had only been there minutes if not seconds when this occurred . The medical decision had to be made based on the diet and insulin and what was available. The student has some responsibility in this process as the student was late to lunch.

Litigious societies are fed not by low paid staff members but by the media or even social networking ambulance chasers. News or yellow press?

Bluffdale, UT

This is a ridiculous story - the lunch manager pulled off a McGuyver save to help this girl and look what foolishness comes of it. This is as crazy as those complainers who say we should not have Daylight Savings Time because it is too much of an inconvenience. We live in the best of times, don't let anyone tell you any different. We certainly don't have to get up in the middle of the night to go to the outhouse to relieve ourselves and we have clean running water and electricity for lights and cooking and heating. Are we going to hear complaints there was a worm in some poor child's apple in the next story?

one old man
Ogden, UT

School lunches are socialism at work. Right?

But care to guess which Secretary of Agriculture told the President that "no child should be hungry in a nation as wealthy as America"?

None other than that famous socialist, Ezra Taft Benson.

And JCS, you didn't tell us what Lincoln would have said about this situation.

Sandy, UT

There is no worse feeling than having low blood sugar. Your body starts to tremble and then you start thinking unclearly. I wouldn't have any problem grabbing a piece of pizza from a box in the trash to prevent a low.

Niskayuna, NY

This isn't a news story it's a Seinfeld episode.

Highland, UT

I've tasted the "Michelle Obama" cardboard pizza. The trash really is the best place for it! LOL

BUT, I'm glad the girl was able to keep her insulin leveled. Anyone live by the "5 second rule" at home? Sheese - I'd wager the inside of the pizza box on the top of the garbage can is probably lots less germy than many of our floors at home.

Salmon, ID

Everybody should take a chill pill. And no, we are not entering the Dark Ages. Overreact much?

Pleasant Grove, UT

As was made clear in other letters and in the story, no harm was done. The only questions I have are why a perfectly-good unopened and uneaten pizza is being thrown away, and why is it necessary to put someone on leave over it? Call her into the office and say, "don't do that again", and leave it at that.


Two things seem reasonably clear:
-The lunch aide made what in retrospect was the best decision available. Props to her.
-The lunch aide is going to lose her job over this. It's the quick and dirty solution for the school and satisfies the "outraged" parent.

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