Mom says son denied hot lunch at scho...

Mom says son denied hot lunch at school - Sentinel & Enterprise

There are 149 comments on the Sentinel & Enterprise story from Oct 22, 2009, titled Mom says son denied hot lunch at school - Sentinel & Enterprise. In it, Sentinel & Enterprise reports that:

The mother of a Memorial Middle School student said she is outraged, after food services personnel took away her son's hot lunch without offering him anything else to eat on Tuesday.

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mom too

Townsend, MA

#1 Oct 22, 2009
The mother should have taking responsibility to know weather or not her kid was getting free lunch or not..her income changed, so no free lunch.The food workers feed hundreds of kids a day and don't have time to chase around irrisponsible parents who don't take time themselves to fill out paper work [sent home day one of school along with emergency forms.were they filled out or will this mom complain when her kid is sick and no one can be reached to pick him up/ fEEL BAD HE MISSED LUNCH BUT MOM IS TO BLAME..NOT FOOD WORKERS.
sick of leaches like this

Maynard, MA

#2 Oct 22, 2009
Why is it the school's responsibility to make sure ms piedad gives her kid lunch money?
maybe, instead of complaining and blaming others, you should take responsibility for yourself and your kids actions.
B-ry

Longwood, FL

#3 Oct 22, 2009
Ok I'm not a parent, the closest thing I have to children are my nephews. But it seems that in this day in age many parents do not want the hassle of taking responsibility for their children, they would rather shift the blame and in this case putting it on the school. Could the school have handle it a little different probably. My point is stop pointing the fingers at each other, work together and get the problems fixed! Parents have no idea what people have to go through in the education field! And no I do not work in the education field.
Sad for the child

Acton, MA

#4 Oct 22, 2009
I agree that the mother should take responsibility for making sure her child has lunch EVERY DAY. Having said that, the lunch lady should be ashamed of herself for embarrassing that poor child, who is not at fault. Also, like Leominster, Fitchburg should have a "No child goes hungry" policy. So sad.
sickofitall

Bronx, NY

#5 Oct 22, 2009
if she/he was of the spanish ethnicity that would have never happened because it is always the racial profiling accusations! who in the heck would deny any child food !!
Memorial Mom

Auburn, MA

#6 Oct 22, 2009
This is very unfortunate, and agree that the lunch should have never been taken away from the child. However, a parent meeting was held at the beginning of the school year to review all of the schools upcoming policies and procedures. The lunch policy was discussed at that time. I wonder if these parent's were at that meeting??? Again, I don't agree with the policy. No child should ever have to go without lunch, but it's not like these parents didn't have the opportunity to know what the policy would be. They need to be held responsible as well.
ashby

Marlborough, MA

#7 Oct 22, 2009
This mother needs to be proactive and take responsibility for her son rather than shove the blame on to the school district. It is stories such as this that makes me empathize with teachers and administrators. Maybe she should take the time to prepare a lunch for her child and be more involved in her son's school day.
Jim

Fitchburg, MA

#8 Oct 22, 2009
Unfortunately the parents put their child in this embarassming situation, shame on them, step up and pay your share
patlady

East Hartford, CT

#9 Oct 22, 2009
Pack your kids lunch, the cafe staff and school admin. could not care less about kids getting fed.It is a shame that something as important as having food and water during the day is not taken more seriously.
XCC

Acton, MA

#10 Oct 22, 2009
You know, the same thing happened to my daughter at the same school last year. She was 25 cents short in her lunch account so they took her lunch away from her. It turned out the shortage was an error on THEIR part, not mine. My account should've had enough for at least 2 weeks when my daughter's lunch was taken away from her. The supervisor at the food service company was extremely rude, telling me its my responsibility to feed my daughter, yet when it turned out it was their error, no apology or anything. I talked to the school re: this and even the office doesnt agree with the food service policy. They will give the child money if necessary, but not a lot of kids know this. So now what...are you going to tell me I shouldve taken care of my kids lunch when...when I HAD...this isnt about parents not stepping up, its about the fact that kids shouldnt have food taken away from them and shouldnt go hungry.
The way it is

Peabody, MA

#11 Oct 22, 2009
How embarassing for the student, HOWEVER, if he was charging his meals then they were certainly telling him and in 5th grade it's time to take some responsibility for one's own actions. There are millions of people in the world with Attention Deficiate Disorder and that's not the same as being mentally retarded so I think the mom needs to stop playing the handicap card. It most certainly is the fault of the parents too since they easily went about their day and didn't even check if he was qualified or not. I'm sure if they asked the kid about the lunch he would have told them he got denied. Obviously the parents know they are getting more income than last year and they definately should have checked to see if they still were at poverty level for free meals. This is not the responsibility of the teacher in any way so that demand is unreasonable too.
The way it is

Peabody, MA

#12 Oct 22, 2009
Gee Wiz...I can't believe r e t a r d e d got filtered out from my comment. It's not a cuss word.
JA Parent

Ayer, MA

#13 Oct 22, 2009
This happened to my son who attends Johnny Appleseed in Leominster. Obviously Nadine Binkley's assertion that no child goes hungry is not being upheld on the school level. My son ran out of money on his account....completely my fault...and the cafeteria workers would not give him lunch. He literally sat down at cried until a teacher saw what was going on and brought him over a lunch. Yes, it is my responsibility to make sure he has money on his account but as any parent knows, trying to juggle a hundred things, eventually something gets over-looked. My argument was why make my 8 year old suffer for my error? I never received a notice saying he was out of funds. This year I pack his lunch almost everyday unless he chooses to eat the school lunch. We learned our lesson the hard way.
Steve D

AOL

#14 Oct 22, 2009
A "child" should not have their lunch taken away from them. A guidance councilor should have contacted the parents before it got to this. Are these people crazy. They should be fired.
Capt Janks

Moonachie, NJ

#15 Oct 22, 2009
Whaaaa I didn't get my free lunch. Whaaaa. The kid will survive if he doesn't get lunch. The Mom should be more concerned about his education an not the crappy school lunch. She probably spend more time crying about this than she has ever spent helping this kid with his homework.
Bob

Moonachie, NJ

#16 Oct 22, 2009
Missing a meal is hardly the holocaust that these people are making it out to be. Nobody give a crap if Timmy is failing math but they will move heaven and earth to if he doesn't get his meatball!
MEMORIAL PARENT

Newington, CT

#17 Oct 22, 2009
The system takes better care of people in jail that are criminals & they get 3 warm meals a day for FREE. But our children that are in the school to get an education to better our future are being denied 1 warm lunch a day..... What is Wrong with this picture??
JA Parent

Ayer, MA

#18 Oct 22, 2009
Bob wrote:
Missing a meal is hardly the holocaust that these people are making it out to be. Nobody give a **** if Timmy is failing math but they will move heaven and earth to if he doesn't get his meatball!
So you wouldn't care if your child came home starving??? Children are not going to perform well in school if they don't eat. Missing a meal for a child can cause a ripple effect. They are hungry, probably irritable, getting a headache, then don't perform well the second half of the day. Maybe they start to act out and then get in trouble. My children are in the school's care during lunch time and I expect the school to feed them properly. After all, that's what I pay taxes for. If I forget to add money to his account, call me!! Don't make him suffer. And by the way, who says this mother wouldn't be upset if her son is failing math? The topic here is lunch, not math. Keep to the story. The school would probably be the first to call DSS if they thought I wasn't feeding them breakfast but it's ok for them to not feed them lunch??? Come on....
lacy underall

Moonachie, NJ

#19 Oct 22, 2009
JA Parent wrote:
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So you wouldn't care if your child came home starving??? Children are not going to perform well in school if they don't eat. Missing a meal for a child can cause a ripple effect. They are hungry, probably irritable, getting a headache, then don't perform well the second half of the day. Maybe they start to act out and then get in trouble. My children are in the school's care during lunch time and I expect the school to feed them properly. After all, that's what I pay taxes for. If I forget to add money to his account, call me!! Don't make him suffer. And by the way, who says this mother wouldn't be upset if her son is failing math? The topic here is lunch, not math. Keep to the story. The school would probably be the first to call DSS if they thought I wasn't feeding them breakfast but it's ok for them to not feed them lunch??? Come on....
Spare us the melodrama. I doubt the kid was starving after only one missed meal. The Mom ran right to the newspaper so fast she forgot to feed him dinner. I have no doubts that had this not happened she'd have been fine with him getting free lunch for the rest of the year. Maybe he's a bit tired too. Lets start school at 10:30 am so that everybody has enough sleep and there is no 'ripple effect'.
Bob the Builder

Providence, RI

#20 Oct 22, 2009
I'm waiting for the lawsuit for "emotional damages"

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