The decision by school officials to take a hot lunch away from a sixth-grade student because she owed about $3 in lunch money has a central Washington community buzzing this morning.
KREM-TV is reporting that the incident occurred at Frontier Middle School in Moses Lake, Wash. That's where employees in the school's cafeteria have been instructed to withhold lunches. But crews commonly take the lunches away from the students after they have received the food, because the cafeteria employees say they don't know who owes them money usually until the food is served.
The mother of the sixth-grade girl said she wasn't aware her daughter had run out of credits, but was more upset when she learned that the incident had been repeated numerous times with other students.
The business director for the school district told KREM-TV that "they had to draw the line somewhere when they began catching you with debt at the end of the school year."
Meanwhile, the sixth-grader's mother said she dropped off enough money for her own daughter and other students so that wouldn't have to be embarrassed, or hungry again before the end of the school year.