Lawmakers visit school where lunches were tossed for kids without funds

Legislator calls for employee to be fired for humiliating students

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  • Maibraina WEST JORDAN, UT
    Feb. 1, 2014 4:32 a.m.

    And we wonder where kids learn to be bullies? Guess they teach a lot of things in school.

  • Stenar Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 1, 2014 1:25 a.m.

    The person responsible ought to be fired.

  • TDH69 Sandy, UT
    Jan. 31, 2014 5:27 p.m.

    Unbelievable. The School Lunch Nazis.

    No Food for you, 8 year old boy. No food for you 10 year old girl...

  • Syd Salt Lake, UT
    Jan. 31, 2014 3:45 p.m.

    1. The children who had their lunches thrown away are NOT living below he poverty line. If they were, they would be receiving free or reduced lunch. The parents could afford the lunch, but for whatever reason had not refilled their child's account. 2. This has NOTHING to do with politics. NOTHING. One person - whose political alignment is not known - decided to take matters into his or her own hands out of frustration for parents who flaked on keeping their kids accounts current. 3. This was definitely the wrong way to handle it. Humiliating a child when their parents fail to pay their lunch balance is not okay. 4. Again, the actions were that of ONE person. Not the state of Utah, not lawmakers, not teachers, not administrators - just one person who was probably a food service worker or district office employee who did something stupid. and finally 5. State law dictates that elementary students with unpaid lunches can have a fruit and a milk. That law has existed for years so I am really not sure what lawmakers were doing there aside from looking for a photo opp. and some PR.

  • Mayfair City, Ut
    Jan. 31, 2014 3:12 p.m.

    Draper, UT

    I salute your kindness and compassion. Thank you.

  • Yorkshire City, Ut
    Jan. 31, 2014 3:06 p.m.

    All this whining and self-righteousness on the part of many commentors is really troubling.

    Just chill and feed the kids--don't humiliate them, or threaten them, or scare them, or throw away their food(how stupid is THAT??)

    If there is a problem with the kid's account, it can be worked out in a sensible reasonable way.

    Once my kids got lunches for a week and a half for free, me thinking I had more in their lunch accounts than I did. Eventually, the secretary in charge got a hold of me, and I went in paid for the past week and a half as well as for the next month.
    She was super, didn't make a fuss or make me feel like a loser or an idiot, just said everybody gets confused sometimes and that it was no big deal.

    Bless her.
    Apparently she is one of the few not ready to throw kids or parents to the lions for a little mistake or oversight.

    If non-payment is egregious and chronic, there is probably bigger issues with the children's overall welfare that the school councilor could be looking into.

  • Shawnm750 West Jordan, UT
    Jan. 31, 2014 2:40 p.m.

    I remember when I was in elementary school (in the 80's) we were given a card with our name on it if we were taking a school provided lunch that day BEFORE we got into the serving line. And those cards were carried over from year to year. In fact the teachers used them for more than just tracking lunches. If we brought our own lunch (which I almost always did because the food they served was gross at best...) we went straight to our assigned table. Seems like at the elementary school level, a child's account status could be determined beforehand by scanning a plastic card. To me it's just wasteful (and counter-intuitive) to let a child go all the way through a line, get their food, and THEN determine that they can't pay for it. Whether the food is thrown away or given to a child that can't afford it, the district's going to pay for it, so why not let the child eat? Fix the problem, but let's not penalize the kids when it's their parents (or possibly the school/district) who are to blame.

  • NeilT Clearfield, UT
    Jan. 31, 2014 2:19 p.m.

    The fact that a parent is irresponsible is not the child's fault. I believe it was Elder Oaks that addressed this in general conference. We are all to look after the welfare of children. Children should be treated the same. Shame on anyone who would embarrass a child in front of their peers. Throwing a lunch in the trash was a very irresponsible way to handle the situation. Reminds of the senior citizen in Orem who was arrested for not watering her lawn. Poor judgment was displayed in this situation.

  • citygrrl SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    Jan. 31, 2014 1:15 p.m.

    After reading the article today in the SL Tribune, I'm more confused than ever. Apparently removing lunches from kids happens all the time -- this isn't an isolated instance. What's wrong with buying tickets like we used to, and you give your ticket to the nice person at the door of the cafeteria? Worked great for decades. Sounds like the school districts need to improve their system, and it sounds like parents need to pay their bills.

  • CougarBlue Heber City, UT
    Jan. 31, 2014 1:05 p.m.

    I started work at a junior high as a new administrator. I was tasked to find out why it took so long to get through the lunch line, thus kids were either not getting their food or were always late to class. It took me five minutes to see the problem. The kids had 15 different types of soda pop, in addition to four different types of milk, lemonade, apple juice and orange juice. Plus they had 20 different types of chips and about 20 different types of cookies. Lucky we were computerized so I order a sales audit and determined the four most popular types of each item. The kids had been taking so long to decide which item they wanted others were not getting served. We let the kids and faculty know what was going to happen. We had very few complaints and the lines moved quickly. ALL students and staff were fed in a timely manner.

  • Nan BW ELder, CO
    Jan. 31, 2014 1:00 p.m.

    Obviously this was an unacceptable way for a problem to be addressed. However, I think we have a much bigger problem in the way our children eat and how they view the food supply. Today I ate school lunch with two granddaughters and their first grade class. I am happy to say that the granddaughters ate their chicken legs, rice, broccoli, roll and pink applesauce. When I looked around at other plates, however, I saw chicken legs with nary a nibble, broccoli servings that looked untouched, barely bitten rolls and partially consumed applesauce. One boy ate one bite of his food. The granddaughters have been encouraged to eat all kinds of foods since infancy. Their parents live frugally, using home grown vegetables in the summer and careful buying as a general policy. Their mom served a mission in Romania and one of the girls' favorite dishes is Sarmali, a meat, rice, tomato sour krout crock pot mixture. Teaching children to eat well, and to APPRECIATE what is available is a job for parents. School staff have the job os being sensible, which is tough for some.

  • K Mchenry, IL
    Jan. 31, 2014 12:10 p.m.

    Milk and a roll? Milk and fruit? Milk and a cheese sandwich? Inmates get better than that. I don't think inmates should only get a roll and milk. Why can't we do the same for a child? Can you make it for four hours on 8ounces of 1% milk and a enriched white roll? You assume the parents bought the nice clothes new. They could be thrift or a gift from aunt Jane for all you know. Maybe everyone gets lunch and people opt out if they want to bring from home? If the parent owes more than x take them to small claims court. Or just suck up the cost. Do not keep track or who eats what. Ask for the fee at the start of the term. No cash register needed, I just saved the school a staff position. Everyone eats unless they bring a lunch. They spent more money responding to this problem than they lost feeding every child.

  • Wookie Omaha, NE
    Jan. 31, 2014 11:58 a.m.

    What would Jesus do?

  • Paddycakes South Jordan, UT
    Jan. 31, 2014 11:45 a.m.

    @Seek to understand

    You're missing the point, albeit, your comment in and of itself are valid. The point is that the meals were taken away from these little children which is exceptionally mean thing to do. What happened to being Christians. I cannot fathom that someone would be so cruel and mean.

  • Clifton Palmer McLendon Gilmer, TX
    Jan. 31, 2014 11:39 a.m.

    The Constitution does not give the Federal government the power to do or say anything on the subject of public school lunches, so anything the Federal government does or says on the subject is unconstitutional.

  • BU52 Provo, ut
    Jan. 31, 2014 10:59 a.m.

    So you have a school lunch manager, being overseen and ruled over by a district lunch person, who is now called on the carpet by the district officials, who are being belittled by a couple of well fed state legislatures, because of their method of accounting to the federal government means they let the freeloading kids get their meal first. My My we live in a complex world. Try teaching that in a civics class

  • spyderman Murray, UT
    Jan. 31, 2014 10:28 a.m.

    Shame on Dabakis for not eating his vegetables!
    What kind of example does that set for our students?

  • K Mchenry, IL
    Jan. 31, 2014 9:54 a.m.

    If the school can provide cheese sandwich and milk it can provide overcooked peas and ravioli, or whatever is on the real menu that day. I have a hard time accepting that what is fed costs $3 a day. And certainly the milk and cheese sandwich costs something. And the other child on the regular lunch is forced to take two from the fruit and veg choice and likely will toss one of those choices. Isn't hat a slap in the face? This is the waste the Pope was talking about. Taking back a tray of food, tossing it for health reasons, handing them a milk and cheese sandwich, sending them to the table siting with the kids who are eating what they selected but not allowed to eat all for a few dollars. Why can't lunch be on the school? Next kids will be required to bring or pay for toilet paper. I would think the fact the cheese sandwich and milk doesn't meet the new lunch rules on nutrition being against fed rules and put fed funds in jeopardy, not tossing out perfectly good food into the trash and handing over a sandwich.

  • Just Wondering... Gilbert, AZ
    Jan. 31, 2014 9:36 a.m.

    So let me get this straight. The lunch room manager is worried about the cost of the food, so she throws out the food that the student would have eaten and didn't save anything at all. And then on top of that, she provided additional food at an incremental cost? Yeah...if that is how cost problems are solved in public education then so much more makes sense to me now?

  • my 2 cents worth West Jordan, UT
    Jan. 31, 2014 9:12 a.m.

    Two things.

    They don't check whether a child has money until AFTER he or she fills his tray? Really? You check first. If it's the first time, you tell the child to bring money tomorrow and contact the parent. The child eats. If it's the second time, the child is again told to bring money, the parents are contacted. The child gets only the fruit and milk, but they know up front.

    What's the point of throwing away the food? That's just stupid. If it's not paid for, it's not trash. Might as well not waste it. Again, you have to check first.

  • WRK Riverton, UT
    Jan. 31, 2014 8:55 a.m.

    I do understand the statements made about having the parents responsible for feeding their children, and I do agree. What I don't agree with is, in this case, we could say that a "bully" came to the students, and in front of their (the Students) peers, said give me your lunch.

    That is not right. No district person has the right to take anyone's lunch away from them.

  • Don Ira St George, UT
    Jan. 31, 2014 8:55 a.m.

    I ask a food service person in another school district in another state, what they thought about this.
    I was told that had the worker given the students anything other than what they did, the district could have lost their federal funding.
    The children should have been informed before they loaded their trays as to the status of their lunch tickets.
    As for the politicians that are making hay with this issue. Why charge for the school lunch when Uncle Sugar has plenty of money to pay for everything else.
    When I was in grade school, I couldn't have school lunch because I lived three blocks from the school.
    Therefore I along with others were denied lunch because we lived to close to the school.
    I noticed the children yelling for school lunch were wearing the latest clothing fashions and their parents couldn't pay for the lunch.
    If I was on the jury to convict the lunch ladies, I would have found them not guilty.

  • Red San Antonia, TX
    Jan. 31, 2014 8:44 a.m.

    I love how everyone wants to Fire someone over this.

    Fire Obama if you really want to make a change.

    Also, I doubt they were "blindsided" I bet they had calls and notes home telling them about but they only had enough money to pay their cable tv bill.

    Also, in our "zero tolerance" school system their are not many people left who can actually think for themselves and solve problems.

    But that is what you get when you constantly react to hysterical people who don't want Guns in the schools and won't allow games to be played at recess. (truly...look at the rules schools have. It is silly) and dare I add the same gender attraction people wanting their ways taught to everyone inside the schools. Geez!

    Can we all just tone done the nonsense and get back to helping our kids learn?

  • Big Bubba Herriman, UT
    Jan. 31, 2014 8:42 a.m.

    Parents who can't afford to put a peanut butter and jelly sandwich and a cookie in a brown bag should get rid of their smart phone and cigarettes.

  • Mom of 8 Hyrum, UT
    Jan. 31, 2014 8:39 a.m.

    This is not a matter of money, as demonstrated by the fact that the school could afford to throw away the food. (Who, seriously, throws away perfectly good food?! That's a major sin in our house.)

    This is all a matter of wielding too much power and throwing that around.

    There's a bully (or more) in the district. Get 'em out.

  • rpe Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 31, 2014 8:31 a.m.

    I am an educator and worked in schools for thirty-two years. In this situation there was an error made. An error that caused embarrassed for the children. Yes, the lunch clerk and lunch manager should have prepared the students for a reduced lunch before entering the line.
    However, the other side of the story has not been addressed. The parents did not pay or keep up on their child's lunch account. Generally, my experience suggests lunch notes go home weekly, phone calls are made to the parents of children with delinquent accounts, and finally the child is asked to bring a cold lunch from home. When this doesn't happen, the child is told they will receive a roll and milk. No one wants this to happen. I personally have paid for many lunches while waiting for a parent to step up to the plate. I don't like thinking about how many lunches my clerk and lunch manager have purchased. No one, no one wants to see a child go hungry.

  • DEW Cougars Sandy, UT
    Jan. 31, 2014 8:21 a.m.

    $3 per day. 5x4x($3) = $60/month. Yep, I can still do math. Parents, all my life I made my lunch when I was a kid from K-12. Why can't your kids make their own lunch like I did between 7-12 graides. my kids do the same which my wife and myself pat on my back for doing it. And you know what, some (or how many) kids throw away those fuits when they buy their lunch was a waist of money. Why not next to the garbage have a basket of fruits to put in so other kids can have them.

    No, those adults should have NEVER throw awway those food in the first place which is too harsh to those students. That is STUPID!

  • Spoc Ogden, UT
    Jan. 31, 2014 8:08 a.m.

    Ever notice how Weiler and Dabakis never seem to miss a photo op? They always seem to show up just as the TV cameras arrive. Serendipity or self serving salesmanship?

  • Million Bluffdale, UT
    Jan. 31, 2014 6:44 a.m.

    Obviously this got blown out of proportion. A lot of parents space-out their need to pay for the children's lunch and someone made a poor example out of the situation. Hopefully a good lesson was learned by everyone.

  • jim l West Jordan, UT
    Jan. 31, 2014 6:43 a.m.

    Just a little bit of grandstanding in my opinion. The problem will be solved without them stepping into the limelight.

  • concretebo Sandy, UT
    Jan. 31, 2014 6:43 a.m.

    I do not care what the school's policy is her or at any school for that matter.
    When this Lunch Lady took away the first child's lunch she or he was way out of line !!
    If I was a parent I would be infuriated, these are children not animals what is this world coming to ?

  • LittleStream Carson City, NV
    Jan. 31, 2014 6:41 a.m.

    I'm confused. If this is a federally funded program, why do parents owe money? No matter who owes the money, children should not be punished. There are ways to make this work. This article is so sad! It shows how far we have fallen as a people.

  • Springvillepoet Springville, UT
    Jan. 31, 2014 6:40 a.m.


    Hold on, for just one minute with your "These are liberal educators . . ." bit. It's because of liberal educators that poor students whose families do not have enough money to make ends meet get free and reduced lunches in the first place. For some of these kids, the only proper meal they eat all day is school lunch. If you are looking for an attitude to blame here, look no further than the first comment in this thread. It is the attitude of people like 'Seek to Understand' who threaten the assistance offered to these students.

    Also, this took place in Utah (the most conservative, Republican state in the U.S.) so the chances that it was a liberal who made the decision to throw away those lunches are slim at best.

  • cricket23 Blue Rapids , KS
    Jan. 31, 2014 6:36 a.m.

    The district nutrition manager should be fired!

  • CVT6702 Toledo, OH
    Jan. 31, 2014 5:34 a.m.

    I take it the ones who have no sympathy for the children, feel you are doing just fine, and you and your children have the freedom to look down your noses on others less fortunate, but should you lose your cushy jobs, homes and security as many have had happen during the financial downturn of the past few years, and now people losing their unemployment benefits I bet you will have a different opinion.
    But not only that I bet if something goes wrong and someone asks you for a donation for something or to contribute to some tragedy you will step up and make a donation then make sure everyone knows you can afford it.
    Shame on the ones who don't feel for the children who were humiliated to the point it may damage them far into their future.

  • grouchyoldman Arden, NC
    Jan. 31, 2014 4:52 a.m.

    Terrible thing to have happen to any child. The solution is for the state legislators to stay out of this. Let the school districts deal with this. What a novel idea elected school board members dealing with a problem. ( elected being the operative term ). As for the person that took the lunch from the child . . . terminate their employment. That kind of decision making is inexcusable in any enviornment.

  • K Mchenry, IL
    Jan. 31, 2014 4:46 a.m.

    I can't believe anyone thinks it is okay for a child to sit in a lunchroom with a cafeteria without a lunch and remain hungry? How is the garbage a better place than a persons stomach? I think it's also damaging for students with lunches to see another child's lunch tossed in the trash. It would be equally damaging to pass another's lunch to the next student in line. Glad that option is off the table for health reasons. No wonder people in this country have food issues. Is the garbage going to pay for the meal? It's not the child's fault the account isn't up to date. In some cases it is a glitch. In some cases it is the parents not realizing they qualify for a reduced lunch. Or maybe a forgotten lunch and the child went through the line not having the money in the account because the meal was not anticipated. Goodness, the amount of money the school collects from parents for lunches is a small tiny percentage of what the school spends to run the school even if collection was 100%, it's a drop in the bucket..

  • Oh My Heck! Vernal, UT
    Jan. 31, 2014 2:00 a.m.

    This should not become a political issue, in my opinion. Obviously, the way this was handled was not appropriate. It is never appropriate to humiliate or embarrass a child in front of his peers, or even in private. It is not the child's fault that the lunch payment was behind. And yes, as Cookie999 stated above, mixing milk and an orange can be pretty upsetting for the stomach. A better choice would be an apple, or a peanut butter sandwich. I have worked at both middle school and elementary school in my town, and sometimes the school lunches are pretty good, sometimes not so good. Too much pre-packaged food and not enough freshly made food. In the school I worked at in Nevada, the school lunches were very good, so I know it is possible. The head cook cared, and that makes a difference.

    Sending notices home with children, especially elementary aged, is not a dependable way to notify parents, either. Regardless, I say feed the child, deal with the payment afterwards. Not a good example to just throw it away.

  • crazladie Draper, UT
    Jan. 31, 2014 12:54 a.m.

    I worked in the elementary cafeteria many years ago. At first, I was told that my job was to enforce the previous rules. I soon found that many of these rules were ridiculous, and asked to be able to "reform" them. I found that the manager saw her responsibilities only as a job, instead of an opportunity to change the lives and outlook of the children she "managed". The basic rules remained the same, however, I implemented a compassionate and respectful attitude, and the entire lunchroom atmosphere changed! I brought 2 extra tables in where anyone could sit as long as they respected everyone else there. The children were no longer made to "hurry" by being yelled at, and they were able talk and relax as long as they did not impead the other children coming in behind them. After several months of a more relaxed, and enjoyable lunchroom, even the managers attitude changed! She saw the difference of gaining respect by giving respect! It really is very simple! I have yet to enter a Jr. High with this attitude! Is it really any wonder why the children "HATE" school!? RESPECT the people you have been asked to educate educators!!!

  • Janet Ontario, OR
    Jan. 30, 2014 11:56 p.m.

    I don't know how many of the hard-nosed comments on here are by LDS people, but for those who are: "Are we not all beggars?" Please re-read Mosiah 4. The ugly side of conservatism shows up on a regular basis in the DN. Hurray for these two legislators!

  • Arizona1 Tucson, AZ
    Jan. 30, 2014 11:38 p.m.

    An unfortunate incident, but I think Weiler is off base. People make mistakes. If we were to fire people every time they make a mistake of this magnitude, we wouldn't have a single legislator. Help the person learn from this mistake and then move on. You don't take away someone's livelihood for a just one mistake like this one.

  • Howard Beal Provo, UT
    Jan. 30, 2014 11:29 p.m.

    So a bunch of legislators show up to grandstand and pretend they actually care about our children. Give me a break...

  • 2cents_EM Eagle Mountain, UT
    Jan. 30, 2014 11:22 p.m.

    Those situations are hard on the children. I have had students that have only received milk and a cheese sandwich because they owed too much money and I know it was embarrassing for them. I have even given students granola bars from my classroom. However, someone has to pay for the lunches. If they don't qualify for free lunch, parents are responsible to pay for their child's lunch. The school cannot provide free lunch to all of the children whose parents don't pay the bill. The children are given something to eat, just not the full lunch. If the parents truly did not receive notification then that is a problem. It is also unfortunate the students were given lunch and then had it taken away. That probably should have been handled differently. Perhaps they can determine if the child has enough money in the account before they give them the full lunch.
    Alternatively, if we want to make sure every child gets a free lunch every day, and parents don't have to worry about feeding their child, then we can always increase taxes. Food isn't free. Someone has to pay for it.

  • JoCo Ute Grants Pass, OR
    Jan. 30, 2014 11:17 p.m.

    The self-serving pontificating posts from right-wing zealots and self-proclaimed experts are really no surprise. It's easy to talk about the role of government and that helping hands weaken families when you have a full stomach.

    Every single study on educating children notes that hungry kids do not become educated kids and the cycle of poverty is continued. Economics 101 teaches that the small amount of money invested in school lunch programs now pays for itself many times over in future taxes paid by educated citizens.

    BTW The Uintah School is in Salt Lake City.

  • Brian Wasilla, AK
    Jan. 30, 2014 10:09 p.m.

    This is ridiculous. Just raise money the traditional way and "diagnose" these kids as having ADHD and the school will get more then enough money from the Feds to pay for the school lunches and an extra administrator for the school district besides.

  • Stop The Nonsense El Paso, TX
    Jan. 30, 2014 9:57 p.m.

    There are many ways that the government spends money that I disagree with, but providing free or discounted lunch at school to children who would otherwise go hungry is not one of them.

  • RedneckLefty St. George, UT
    Jan. 30, 2014 9:56 p.m.

    Not a great PR move, Utah. You just had a rally at the capitol where you claimed that you were opposed to gay marriage because it harms children, even though the research indicating this harm turned out to be bogus. I think the research is pretty clear, on the other hand, about the effects of denying children lunch and throwing food away right in front of hungry children and all their peers in order to shame them for unpaid school lunch balances.

    How anyone could defend the actions at Uintah Elementary is beyond me. They talk about hearts waxing cold in the last days...

  • Cookie999 Albuquerque, NM
    Jan. 30, 2014 9:48 p.m.

    I don't think anyone can learn if they are hungry or humiliated. Also, who thinks a milk and an orange is going to help that much? Mixing dairy and citrus will lead to an upset stomach for many.

  • desert Potsdam, 00
    Jan. 30, 2014 9:40 p.m.

    It does not matter what the legal system will come up with, kids should never be involved in that matter, and given them a sandwhich instead is hurting even more for an unequal treatment.

    This is not good, like children suffer under a fight between parents, so they do in School over lunch. And thrown away is like telling them, waste food as adults do?

    This cannot be Utah, not for the sake of all those Christians living.

    For this kind of bad behavior, they should get lunch free for healing wounds.
    And for those Libs/Reps, legal fights ought to be never in school over children learning.
    Why this kind of payments anyhow, should have been done way back, not during school periods.

  • No One Of Consequence West Jordan, UT
    Jan. 30, 2014 9:35 p.m.

    So the lunch must be balanced before the transaction is finalized unless we decide to throw their lunch away and give them an unbalanced substitute.

    In the old days there were lunch tickets in elementary school. You knew if you had a ticket or not before you got the lunch. Now we have computerized systems but it's too hard to use these amazing computer systems to create reminder for the kid to take home the day before that the account is empty?

    We have some excellent teachers in our Utah schools but too many administrators have no compassion or common sense.

  • Barb Wire USA, UT
    Jan. 30, 2014 9:28 p.m.

    From what my son tells me, the students are not getting the bang for our buck when it comes to school lunches in Utah. He says they are sometimes undercooked, stale and just disgusting. Many students end up throwing away a lot of their food and wasting their parent's money anyways. Maybe it's time for all students to start brown bagging it and do away with all the problems associated with school served lunches. Let high school students go off campus and get fast food. Problem solved...

  • TRUTH Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 30, 2014 9:16 p.m.

    These are liberal educators who think that by denying food to these kids is a in your face for their 1% parents...problem is these parents are Libs too who think that the real 1% ers do not live in Harvard Yale area and hate the 1% too.....these people deserve each other.....

  • southmtnman Provo, UT
    Jan. 30, 2014 8:42 p.m.

    If any argument can be made that the State has a responsibility to educate its citizens (especially children), then there is no reason why education should be attempted on an empty stomach. In short, as long as there is public education, there must be funding for feeding students.

    Feed these kids!

  • BYR West Bountiful, UT
    Jan. 30, 2014 8:28 p.m.

    Why were Salt Lake School District officials doing there in the first place? What jurisdiction do they have?

  • soccer coach Taylorsville, UT
    Jan. 30, 2014 8:29 p.m.

    Seek to understand, I agree with you. Education is taking on the role of parents way too much. I receive weekly emails about my child's account balance and when it is low daily emails. I don't get lunch at work unless I pay for it. Let's take away the parents lunch and give that to their children.

  • Way of the Warrior Arlington, WA
    Jan. 30, 2014 7:59 p.m.

    It may be wise for the school district to give kids with insufficient funds a peanut butter and jelly sandwich and carton of milk (or some alternative for those with allergies) instead of a regular lunch until their accounts are replenished.

  • Seek to understand Sandy, UT
    Jan. 30, 2014 7:45 p.m.

    We are in such big trouble when everyone, including our media, believes it is the responsibility of the state to feed our children. This is one GIANT step toward the big brother state that leads only to dependence and then oppression.

    We must return the responsibility for children back to their parents to feed, clothe and shelter them. Like everything else, if we take away that responsibility it WEAKENS our families.

    Are there others who feel this way? I am beginning to panic. It appears everyone believe it is the state's job to feed our children. What is next?