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February 5, 2014

ROOT: Like kids don't have it hard enough?

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — The parents of children at Uintah Elementary School in Salt Lake City, Utah, were horrified to learn that their children’s lunches were snatched away when the school realized that the children were behind in their lunch payments.

In New Jersey, the parents of an autistic child recently learned that the child’s school was taking away his lunches over past-due lunch payment balances.

The obvious solution here is to have the parents pay the $5 or $10 per child to bring the balances back to even and allow the children to eat lunch again. But there is more to this story than just some negative cafeteria balances.

These schools are serving the children lunches, then hunting the children down in the lunch room, snatching the lunches out from under their noses and then throwing the food away.

That is right. These schools are so insistent on making their points that they will serve the children and then throw the food away.

How about this: Instead of embarrassing these children in front of all of their friends and possibly alienating them from the rest of the student body, why not give the children letters to take home warning parents to pay up or the children will not be served the next day? How about these school administrators do their jobs and identify the children with account issues before the children are served. That is what any civilized society would do.

It is always in fashion to blame the parents for rebellious childrens’ behavior. For the most part, it is not out of line to expect parents to be responsible for what their children do. But how is a child going to feel about authority figures when school administrators are publicly embarrassing him or her because the school is unable to keep simple records?

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