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1961 Alumni Rolla MO

Rolla, MO

#1 Apr 10, 2013
That's right, a 14 yr old girl was denied lunch because she didn't have enough money left in her lunch account with the school! At Stevens High School in San Antonio, TX, school lunches cost $1.75 - but the girl only had $1.05 remaining in her her lunch account.

According to school policy, there are NO EXCEPTIONS! If a student can't afford to pay, then the lunch gets thrown out! So, this girl had to go all day without eating lunch.

It didn't seem to matter that the girl's parents had previously arranged (with the school) that when the girl's lunch account became empty - the money would automatically be transferred from the parent's checking account. BUT, IN THIS CASE - THERE WAS A ONE DAY DELAY...

Is this really happening in America???

I know the state of TEXAS IS FULL OF SO-CALLED BIBLE BELIEVING SO-CALLED CONSERVATIVE PEOPLE WHO PROFESS THEIR LOVE OF GOD & THEIR DEVOTION TO GOD'S WRITTEN WORD.

But, can you tell me - where was the love & compassion (taught in the bible) in this incident???

You know, Mahtma Gandhi once described our country in this way: "I like your Christ, But I do not like your Christians. YOUR CHRISTIANS ARE SO UNLIKE CHRIST"

I'm just wondering if the food server in this school might not have been one of those FOX NEWS ROBOTS who is brain-washed into hating the poor.

I can just hear some of our fine upstanding so-called conservatives jumping to defend the Steven's High school policy by saying...

"It was good they took the school lunch away from the girl & threw it in the trash - this is a good lesson for the girl that - there are NO FREE LUNCHES in this world! This is good training so the girl will learn that she must never depend upon the government (or anyone to provide for her). She must learn to provide for herself & not depend upon the government".

Do you honestly believe JESUS would have taken the lunch away from the girl & thrown it in the trash???
guest

Saint Louis, MO

#2 Apr 10, 2013
it happens here in cville schools everyday also.

i'm orry but if i worked in the school kitchen i would have to pull the money out of my own pocket before i refused a kid to eat.
John Doe

Sikeston, MO

#3 Apr 10, 2013
1961 Alumni Rolla MO wrote:
That's right, a 14 yr old girl was denied lunch because she didn't have enough money left in her lunch account with the school! At Stevens High School in San Antonio, TX, school lunches cost $1.75 - but the girl only had $1.05 remaining in her her lunch account.
According to school policy, there are NO EXCEPTIONS! If a student can't afford to pay, then the lunch gets thrown out! So, this girl had to go all day without eating lunch.
It didn't seem to matter that the girl's parents had previously arranged (with the school) that when the girl's lunch account became empty - the money would automatically be transferred from the parent's checking account. BUT, IN THIS CASE - THERE WAS A ONE DAY DELAY...
Is this really happening in America???
I know the state of TEXAS IS FULL OF SO-CALLED BIBLE BELIEVING SO-CALLED CONSERVATIVE PEOPLE WHO PROFESS THEIR LOVE OF GOD & THEIR DEVOTION TO GOD'S WRITTEN WORD.
But, can you tell me - where was the love & compassion (taught in the bible) in this incident???
You know, Mahtma Gandhi once described our country in this way: "I like your Christ, But I do not like your Christians. YOUR CHRISTIANS ARE SO UNLIKE CHRIST"
I'm just wondering if the food server in this school might not have been one of those FOX NEWS ROBOTS who is brain-washed into hating the poor.
I can just hear some of our fine upstanding so-called conservatives jumping to defend the Steven's High school policy by saying...
"It was good they took the school lunch away from the girl & threw it in the trash - this is a good lesson for the girl that - there are NO FREE LUNCHES in this world! This is good training so the girl will learn that she must never depend upon the government (or anyone to provide for her). She must learn to provide for herself & not depend upon the government".
Do you honestly believe JESUS would have taken the lunch away from the girl & thrown it in the trash???
Alumni,

Perhaps you need to put the blame where it belongs: With the parents. The parents should have been monitoring this account and added funds to it when the account got low. I have friends who have children in school and where this lunch account thing. Every week the parents are checking that account to make sure that there is enough money for the child to eat.
Avid Reader

Caruthersville, MO

#4 Apr 10, 2013
John Doe perhaps you should get a life and stay off Topix. You never have anything positive to say. Just your hatred of 61 Alumni for being a woman who speaks her mind. You remind me of my ex boyfriend. He thought his unit was impressive. John Doe, you're not impressive either.
1961 Alumni Rolla MO

Rolla, MO

#5 Apr 10, 2013
John Doe wrote:
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Alumni,
Perhaps you need to put the blame where it belongs: With the parents. The parents should have been monitoring this account and added funds to it when the account got low. I have friends who have children in school and where this lunch account thing. Every week the parents are checking that account to make sure that there is enough money for the child to eat.
Hey Numbskull,
Did you not read where the parents thought they had this problem covered - by authorizing withdrawal from their checking account when their daughter's lunch account became low or depleted?

But, had this not been the case - it was still horrible to grab this child's lunch tray & throw it in the trash. Who do you think is subsidizing payment for this food (the taxpayers) that's who!

NEVER, NEVER SHOULD ANY CHILD (WHETHER THEY CAN PAY OR NOT) BE DENIED A MEAL BECAUSE OF SOMETHING LIKE THIS!
John Doe

Sikeston, MO

#6 Apr 10, 2013
The parents were not doing their job. If they had been monitoring the account, no matter what arrangements they had made, if they saw the account was low, they should called the school to find why the transfer from their bank account had not happened. When my children were in school I made sure that they always had either money for lunch or a sack lunch. Didn't you make sure that your sons had food for lunch when they were in school? Why? It was our parental responsibility

The truth is that you are looking for some way to take a swipe at the right instead of properly affix blame.
1961 Alumni Rolla Mo

Rolla, MO

#7 Apr 10, 2013
John Doe wrote:
The parents were not doing their job. If they had been monitoring the account, no matter what arrangements they had made, if they saw the account was low, they should called the school to find why the transfer from their bank account had not happened. When my children were in school I made sure that they always had either money for lunch or a sack lunch. Didn't you make sure that your sons had food for lunch when they were in school? Why? It was our parental responsibility
The truth is that you are looking for some way to take a swipe at the right instead of properly affix blame.
Yes, every Monday I gave my kids cash or a check to pay for a lunch ticket for the whole week, The didn't have lunch accounts when my kids were in school. It was a different world back in the 60' & 70's & 80's.

What would be the point in the school making arrangments with the parents & the bank to transfer money into the girls lunch account - if the school did not intend to HONOR the arrangment! THIS WAS A FAILURE ON THE PART OF THE SCHOOL - not the parents!

What you refuse to admit is that the SCHOOLS POLICY STINKS TO HIGH HEAVEN & NEEDS TO BE CHANGED! But, seeing how Texas if full of fine upstanding, God fearing self-rightous so-called conservatives - it's not surprising that this happened.

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Since: Feb 07

Location hidden

#8 Apr 10, 2013
John Doe wrote:
<quoted text>
Alumni,
Perhaps you need to put the blame where it belongs: With the parents. The parents should have been monitoring this account and added funds to it when the account got low. I have friends who have children in school and where this lunch account thing. Every week the parents are checking that account to make sure that there is enough money for the child to eat.
I'm making an extreme leap here... but just 'what if', they didn't have the funds to add to her account? Believe it or not, not everyone is doing well in America right now.

People didn't realize in the 80's that 'shining city on a hill' meant the Capitol of that Hill would be run by Exxon and Bank of America.
Guest

Blytheville, AR

#9 Apr 11, 2013
What about all the free lunches we offer regularly? And what about a warning before denying anything? Our school allows for mix ups and time to fix them. How all those adults stood around probably stuffing their faces and watched without helping is beyond me.
John Doe

Sikeston, MO

#10 Apr 11, 2013
1961 Alumni Rolla Mo wrote:
<quoted text>
Yes, every Monday I gave my kids cash or a check to pay for a lunch ticket for the whole week, The didn't have lunch accounts when my kids were in school. It was a different world back in the 60' & 70's & 80's.
What would be the point in the school making arrangments with the parents & the bank to transfer money into the girls lunch account - if the school did not intend to HONOR the arrangment! THIS WAS A FAILURE ON THE PART OF THE SCHOOL - not the parents!
What you refuse to admit is that the SCHOOLS POLICY STINKS TO HIGH HEAVEN & NEEDS TO BE CHANGED! But, seeing how Texas if full of fine upstanding, God fearing self-rightous so-called conservatives - it's not surprising that this happened.
Alumni,

Well here we go again. You are entrenched in your belief that the school is wrong and you refuse to consider any other point of view.

Perhaps the parents did not have the money. If that was the case why didn't they go to the school and fill out the paperwork to get their daughter on the program where she would have had lunch for a greatly reduced rate or for free? Could it have been that their income was high enough that did not qualify.

I'm sorry, I have to hand this on the parents. They should have done something. Monitor the account and keep the money there. Give the girl money to buy her lunch. Pack her a sack lunch at home. They had many options and failed to use any of those.
Tiny Tim

Dexter, MO

#11 Apr 11, 2013
Oh come on, I'm sure the school actually takes money out of the parents checking account! Never even heard of that being an option, it's check or cash...duh. As for it being the schools responsibility, I don't think so, the parents have to take an active roll in their child's life sometime, how about when they need food? Jeez, lowlife, welfare recipient, liberal/democrat assholes always wanting handouts!
1961 Alumni Rolla MO

Rolla, MO

#12 Apr 11, 2013
Tiny Tim wrote:
Oh come on, I'm sure the school actually takes money out of the parents checking account! Never even heard of that being an option, it's check or cash...duh. As for it being the schools responsibility, I don't think so, the parents have to take an active roll in their child's life sometime, how about when they need food? Jeez, lowlife, welfare recipient, liberal/democrat assholes always wanting handouts!
Tiny Tim,
I believe in some school districts there are such programs that involve paying for your child's school lunch with cash, check or credit card. It's called 'Meal Pay Plus".

Why would you doubt (in this high tech world - where we can make a purchase & pay for it with the touch of a few key strokes)- that this technology would be not be available to the school lunch program?

I believe in this case - the parent had already pre-arranged for payment of the child's school lunch (or thought they had).

But, even if there was no pre-financial arrangment made for payment of the child's lunch - and the child (or the parent) just did not have the money to pay for the lunch. IT WAS WRONG TO SNATCH THE LUNCH AWAY FROM THE CHILD!

The school should have a policy to cover such events. The girl should have been given her lunch - and a notation made by the server to notify someone in the office of the principle or some other school employee to notify the parent.

There are instances where maybe a child may actually qualify for free or reduced priced lunches because of recent changes in the parents' circumstances - such as loss of job, death in family, illness, separation or divorce of parents etc.

I'm sure it is not uncommon for some children to fall through the cracks & not be getting the help they may desperately need.
Phil Weber

Kailua Kona, HI

#13 Apr 12, 2013
More and more "educators" are revealing that they do not enjoy their profession. The innocent children become the victim of the recent still entitled college graduate that expected a different ballgame. The "soccer-mom" generation of kids graduating college now have low morals and respect. It's those people that expect a handout, when it is not given they lash out against whomever is at arms length, be that a child, adult, or elder. Improper politically correct parenting has destroyed that generation.

Since: Oct 11

Location hidden

#14 Apr 12, 2013
If it had been a male athlete I wonder if his food would have been taken away if he wasn't paid up. We never really will know, will we.
John Doe

Sikeston, MO

#15 Apr 12, 2013
catfish59 wrote:
If it had been a male athlete I wonder if his food would have been taken away if he wasn't paid up. We never really will know, will we.
Catfish,

You have a very valid point. It seems that in far too many school systems athletics take precedent over academics and that is sad.

Alumni,

Your meal pay plus system is an interesting idea. I looked it up. The question is does this school system employ it? As silly as it may sound, some schools cannot afford the software and extra hardware needed to install the system
SERIOUSLY

Oklahoma City, OK

#16 Apr 14, 2013
You have got to be kidding me? It does not matter who is @ fault here.... NO CHILD should be denied food ( Period ). It most certainly should not have been thrown in the trash. That tray of food was wasted & despite the circumstances.... The food would of served more purpose to nourish the child instead of being tossed in the trash. Until the situation ( lack of communication concerning the child's lunch account was resolved ) by no means should that child of been punished & not allowed to eat. This makes me furious & I hope b/c of this incident, the system will work closer with any child that is unable to pay or low on money in their account. One time my brother was told about a student that had no money on their account ( my niece told her Dad about it ) and he went straight to that school & aired them out real damn good. He told them IF they ever deny a child food again, then he would personally find a way to sue their sorry asses b/c that is as low down as you can get- He even said before they ever pull that crap again, to call him & he will let them deduct it from his daughters account. He went on and paid for that student's lunch for the next month and looked @ the principal & said.... Now there should be no problem serving this child & if you ever embarrass or deny food again to a child, it's you & me outside buddy b/c you will deserve the ass whipping I will be giving you-!!!!!! I would of done the same thing. I am Proud of what my brother did for the child :-)
tiger high

Shreveport, LA

#17 Apr 14, 2013
John Doe wrote:
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Catfish,
You have a very valid point. It seems that in far too many school systems athletics take precedent over academics and that is sad.
Alumni,
Your meal pay plus system is an interesting idea. I looked it up. The question is does this school system employ it? As silly as it may sound, some schools cannot afford the software and extra hardware needed to install the system
you are making things too difficult - people who serve the food should not be the one to determine who eats - let the administrators deal with the finance and the servers pass out the food - da - hell, even your local grocery stores and eating establishments allow short change once-in-awhile - very, very dumb decision by someone - so dumb, that you should ensure the individual is not in anymore decision making situations!!
tiger high

Shreveport, LA

#18 Apr 14, 2013
SERIOUSLY wrote:
You have got to be kidding me? It does not matter who is @ fault here.... NO CHILD should be denied food ( Period ). It most certainly should not have been thrown in the trash. That tray of food was wasted & despite the circumstances.... The food would of served more purpose to nourish the child instead of being tossed in the trash. Until the situation ( lack of communication concerning the child's lunch account was resolved ) by no means should that child of been punished & not allowed to eat. This makes me furious & I hope b/c of this incident, the system will work closer with any child that is unable to pay or low on money in their account. One time my brother was told about a student that had no money on their account ( my niece told her Dad about it ) and he went straight to that school & aired them out real damn good. He told them IF they ever deny a child food again, then he would personally find a way to sue their sorry asses b/c that is as low down as you can get- He even said before they ever pull that crap again, to call him & he will let them deduct it from his daughters account. He went on and paid for that student's lunch for the next month and looked @ the principal & said.... Now there should be no problem serving this child & if you ever embarrass or deny food again to a child, it's you & me outside buddy b/c you will deserve the ass whipping I will be giving you-!!!!!! I would of done the same thing. I am Proud of what my brother did for the child :-)
scary, isn't it - our great leaders are hiring people with book sense, but they don't have enough common sense to come in out of the storm!
SERIOUSLY

Oklahoma City, OK

#20 Apr 14, 2013
tiger high wrote:
<quoted text>scary, isn't it - our great leaders are hiring people with book sense, but they don't have enough common sense to come in out of the storm!
Oh Yeah it's very scary-! It is also sad that something like this happened, so your right "tiger high"..... These (supposed) great leaders don't make good decisions & the people they hire lack any good moral sense-!!!!
finder

Steele, MO

#21 Apr 14, 2013
1961 Alumni Rolla Mo wrote:
<quoted text>
Yes, every Monday I gave my kids cash or a check to pay for a lunch ticket for the whole week, The didn't have lunch accounts when my kids were in school. It was a different world back in the 60' & 70's & 80's.
What would be the point in the school making arrangments with the parents & the bank to transfer money into the girls lunch account - if the school did not intend to HONOR the arrangment! THIS WAS A FAILURE ON THE PART OF THE SCHOOL - not the parents!
What you refuse to admit is that the SCHOOLS POLICY STINKS TO HIGH HEAVEN & NEEDS TO BE CHANGED! But, seeing how Texas if full of fine upstanding, God fearing self-rightous so-called conservatives - it's not surprising that this happened.
got to agree with u on this...ppl actually care for one another back in them days...now its all about money...and getting where there no Christ anymore to....

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