Midlothian School District 143 Complaint - Kindergarten student given no lunch.

Review by 93708 on 2009-10-30
My 5 year old son is in kindergarten. On Monday, Oct. 26 he came home with a note that he only had 4 lunch tickets left, (which should have been for Tues, Wed, Thurs, and Fri). That Friday morning I made an online payment for his next 20 lunch tickets for November. They called my wife and told her that his last ticket was for Thursday and that he wasn't going to get his lunch for Friday. She told them that we paid online for 20 more tickets. They said that they can see the payment but need 24 hrs for it to post. He wasn't given his lunch today. I have his monthly lunch menu on our refrigerator and ask him everyday what he had for lunch. Today, the only question I could have asked him was how the cheese pizza smelled today. Later in the evening he took a sticky pad and put his name on it and came downstairs and said here's my lunch ticket can I have some pizza? I already emailed the superintendent of his school district and will take it further if necessary.
Comments:84 Replies - Latest reply on 2009-11-06
Posted by Anonymous on 2009-10-31:
If your wife was contacted and told of the 24 hour processing time and you knew of the possibility that there would be an issue with him getting his meal, why was their no back up plan? You can express your concerns to the superintendent, but the fact remains that a parent was contacted, notification was given that there was a problem. The sticky note story tugs at the heart strings, but there is still no excuse why the child did not eat whether it is the schools fault for not processing the payment faster, or yours for not sending him to school with a lunch prepared at home.
Posted by jktshff1 on 2009-10-31:
feel for your kid, I would be raising cain. "they can see the payment" that would be enough to give him some lunch. Common sense would tell you that.
Posted by tnchuck100 on 2009-10-31:
This is ridiculous. Placing a "payment process" above a child's meal is unconscionable. The payment WAS, in fact, made...and they KNEW it.

Years ago my son had a similar thing happen. He had his meal on the tray. They said he did not have money in his account. (It was taken by another student. Long story.) They took his meal from him and put it in the garbage. Yes, I raised hell with the principal, the lunch room supervisor, and the school board.

In your case as well, take them to task about this.
Posted by Anonymous on 2009-10-31:
Man, this makes me mad. Did his teacher know that this? Was she the one who sent the note home? I have bought school pictures, prom tickets and the like for my students, let alone a lousy fat filled lunch. I would never let one of my kids go hungry, and neither would our school. That's disgusting.
Posted by Anonymous on 2009-10-31:
Yeah, I need to proof before posting...did his teacher know about this? Yeesh. Sorry.
Posted by Pepper on 2009-10-31:
it happened to me once, in second or third grade i think...

i owed the teacher money, i forget why though. i just remember i had the exact amount i owed her - my lunch money. yes she took my lunch money.

i did have a small sandwich to go along with the lunch i was going to buy, but i was so upset i couldn't eat.

when i got home mom found out and was pissed off. i don't remember if she called the school or not, but i do remember she was mad
Posted by MRM on 2009-10-31:
Way back when I was in elementary, my mom would give me lunch money and I would save it up. I didnt eat lunch at school.

Young pimpin, entrepeneur in the making.
Posted by Anonymous on 2009-10-31:
ProConsumer, Backup plan? I was told he had a ticket for Friday's lunch. As far as my wife being told, we were both at work already. They told me nothing when I dropped him off in the morning.
Posted by Principissa on 2009-10-31:
I find it absolutely despicable that this school provided this child with nothing to eat. In our district they have simple bagged lunches for children who have no lunch and they include sandwich, apple, milk, and some animal crackers.

This makes me very very angry. No child should have to sit and watch his/her classmates eat while they have nothing. Shame on this school district.
Posted by Anonymous on 2009-10-31:
I can't believe the OP's son didn't get a meal. In our school district, if a child has no lunch money, he doesn't get the 'hot' meal but instead gets a peanut butter & jelly sandwich, chips, apple, and milk.

When my youngest was in 1st grade I forgot to put the check in her backpack. That is what they did. I find it hard to believe he got NO lunch at all. Maybe not pizza, but no food?
Posted by Principissa on 2009-10-31:
How were these parents supposed to have a back up plan when they were informed that he had a ticket for that days lunch? The school flat out lied to them when they said he had a ticket for lunch.
Posted by MRM on 2009-10-31:
When the child has no money for lunch, the child can get lunch, but would have to pay it back, as it is in my elementary years.
Posted by Anonymous on 2009-10-31:
MRM, I am still finding it impossible to believe that the school made the kid go with no lunch at all. I think maybe he didn't get the pizza, and either refused the alternative meal or ate it.
Posted by MRM on 2009-10-31:
I agree, LadyScot, no kids shouldnt be left hungry. Im sure the parent could have paid it back.
Posted by MRM on 2009-10-31:
Justthefaxx, I would go to the school make a suggestion that if the child has no money for lunch, the child will still get lunch, and the parent will pay it back.
Posted by Nohandle on 2009-10-31:
No child in this area goes without lunch period. Funds or no funds. There are some parents who simply don't want to be concerned or bothered and they are referred to Family Services but the child is not denied lunch until it is settled. As far as available funds in an account, that was taken care of in this case or should have been when the money was deposited. The deposit was visible on the school system's computer. BTY, I don't know of any parent who has a backup plan for a child's lunch when it's already been paid for as far as they knew.
Posted by Johanna on 2009-10-31:
Is it even legal to deny a child (especially such a young child) lunch? I would be raising Cain with the principal, the superintendent, the school board, my state's department of education and the local media outlet. I certainly wouldn't be wasting time posting on M3C (no offense everyone). Somehow, I wonder if there's more to this story...
Posted by Pepper on 2009-10-31:
you know, that's a very good point. as an adult most of us can survive eating a meal, but as a child it's not a good idea. their little bodies are growing and they need the nutrition. plus a child - especially one at age 5 - will not understand why he or she can't have a lunch, nor will the school's excuse matter to him or her.

and i totally agree with the suggestions that the school gives the lunch anyway and then asks for payment later, or ... well in the case of the OP, just uses one of the lunch-chits that were paid for.
Posted by hello dolly on 2009-10-31:
I would guess that the letter was done on Friday for hand out on Monday as it is time to "remind" parents that they have to pay for their childrens school lunches again. If you were notified Monday why wait until Friday?
BTW it is not the school but the card company that has to release the funds to the school.
Posted by yoke on 2009-10-31:
The school was wrong. In our district the kids are allowed lunch and then the parents get a phone call to let them know they owed for lunch. If the lunch is not paid by report card the child does not get the report card. My next concern is where was the teacher? In our district the teacher does not go to lunch until all the kids have sat down with their lunches and then the lunch aides take over. I would hope if the teacher or lunch aide was aware of it that someone would have given the child a snack at least.
Posted by Johanna on 2009-10-31:
When I was in school (not terribly long ago) if you or your parent forgot to buy a new lunch ticket, they would allow you to "charge" your lunch or a day or two until you got the money to buy a new ticket. Then the charged meals were just deducted from the amount you gave them. If you got to the point where you had too many charges (I think it was more than 3), they might not let you eat lunch. I think this is how they handled it at the Jr. High and High School levels. In elementary school, I think they called your parents if you had too many charges.
Posted by Principissa on 2009-10-31:
Some school systems are not required to provide an alternate meal for children who have no lunch. The school district in Dixon does not. If your child has no lunch or money, they get nothing. The school calls their parents and if they cannot be reached they get nothing. I personally think it's illegal for them to deny a child food. If I were to do it to my kids at home CPS would be here like white on rice charging me with neglect.
Posted by Anonymous on 2009-10-31:
I remember back in the day at my school if a kid didn’t have money for lunch. The teacher or even the principal pitched in and bought the kid some lunch. Were have all the good people gone.
Posted by Anonymous on 2009-10-31:
I apologize jtf, I didn't see in the post that he was supposed to have had a ticket for Friday's lunch or that the call to your wife was the same day that the lunch was not given.

Ladyscot, I seriously doubt a five year old would lie about not getting a hot lunch or refusing or not eating an alternative that would have been provided. If they did it wouldn't be too hard to get the truth out of them.
Posted by Ytropious on 2009-10-31:
Wally the same was true for my school. If someone forgot their lunch and mom or grandma couldn't come drop one off for them the kid STILL got a lunch to eat. Hungry kids don't learn well on an empty stomach. It seems really counteractive to make him go hungry. Did someone see him go hungry? Did he tell a teacher or something that he was denied lunch? That's the only thing I can think of that might have caused him to go without lunch. I have a hard time believing that an adult who KNEW he would be without would let him go hungry....it's the mother in all of us. If I was a teacher and I KNEW he was without he'd be eating my lunch, or I'd be going to the ATM to get some cash to buy him a lunch.
Posted by Anonymous on 2009-10-31:
The only saving grace in this whole school lunch fiasco is that I think (not sure) that kindergarten aged students do not attend school full day. Hopefully he didn't have long to wait before he got home or to his after school daycare provider to get a snack or something to eat.
Posted by yoke on 2009-10-31:
In my school district the K's go all day. From 9:00-3:10.
Posted by Anonymous on 2009-10-31:
Yoke, any teacher worth a darn would have made sure all of her kids had a lunch to eat. Believe me when I tell you that I have spent a lot of money on other people's kids to make sure they get lunch. I have to believe that the teacher in this situation didn't know or has so many kids in her class that she didn't see the little guy not eating. I have to believe that. I have been upset by this all day.
Posted by Anonymous on 2009-10-31:
I am with you Sherdy. My first interpretation of this post was incorrect and now its made even worse by knowing that kindergarten kids in some districts go to school all day. I get grumpy when I am hungry, and I am an adult. I can only imagine how a five year old would be acting because they are hungry and watching the other kids eat.
Posted by Anonymous on 2009-10-31:
We can only hope some morons head rolls for this brain fart of a decision. (who ever "they" were) And if some admin, superintendent or board member takes the "they" side I hope they get a trip to the woodshed also.
Posted by Anonymous on 2009-10-31:
I agree Super, you just don’t let a kid starve all day cause he is out of tickets. This is mean and cruel beyond belief. What a greedy world we live in these days.
Posted by Anonymous on 2009-10-31:
Yep, greed is getting worse right along with stupidity these days. There should be plenty of room in that woodshed for a proper shellacking since Slim no longer takes Pirate there every day.
Posted by lisa on 2009-10-31:
My heart goes out to your little tyke. It says a lot about the school and its administrators if they knowingly let him not eat. I would like to think that they were not aware of him not eating.
Posted by Anonymous on 2009-10-31:
Ok...Nowhere did I say the kid lied about not eating. Where do ya'll get that? Do you just read a post and just fly off with whatever you want get from it?

What I said was that I don't believe any school would make a small kindergarten child go without ANY lunch at all. I don't think any school district is that stupid.

I also stated that maybe the kid DID NOT get to have his pizza and instead was given an alternative meal. Maybe the kid WANTED the pizza instead and didn't eat the alternative meal.

I have had 2 daughters who were once 5 years old and a nephew, brothers and sisters who were also once 5. If a kid was denied pizza in favor of something else, do you think maybe he told mama "they said I can't have pizza cause I didn't have lunch money' and forget about the sandwich they gave him because he wanted PIZZA? I have been around enough elementary school kids to know they have a one track mind and if you want to know you have to ASK more questions. This is what a conversation with my nephew would have sounded like, since he is a stuck on one thing type of kid...

"What was for lunch today"
"Pizza. But they said I couldn't have any cause I didn't have lunch money."
"You didn't get to eat?"
"I didn't get to have pizza."
"You didn't eat anything?"
"Not pizza."
"Chris, did you get to eat ANYTHING today?"
"Yes but not pizza."

The kid drew a picture of a ticket and asked his mama if he could have the pizza. He seems stuck on it. Like a normal 5 year old would be with a favorite food.

When I said I didn't believe it, I did not mean I didn't believe the KID. I meant that I can't believe a school district would do such a thing. It would set them up for a lawsuit.

I suggest ya'll stop reading into my responses and getting your backs up. You may not agree with anything I say, but I do not attack anyone here for disagreeing or having a different opinion than me and I am getting sick and tired of having to explain my meanings to some of you like 5 year olds when you get all defensive.

Maybe if you actually READ it you might understand what is being said.
Posted by Anonymous on 2009-10-31:
I also stated that maybe the kid DID NOT get to have his pizza and instead was given an alternative meal. Maybe the kid WANTED the pizza instead and didn't eat the alternative meal.

Lady your making assumptions again.
Posted by Anonymous on 2009-10-31:
Wally, I have been around elementary kids all my life. My assumptions come from experience. That is WHY I was ASKING. Oh and I have two words for you: devil's advocate. I ask questions for a reason. I like to have all the facts.

Just, did your child get denied a meal period, or just the pizza? What I mean is, did they refuse to feed him at all and make him go without any choice of lunch?

If your child was denied a meal, even an alternative meal, then sue the pants off your school district. I do not know of any school district which would allow this for elementary students and if yours does, lobby for a change in practice.

Posted by Principissa on 2009-10-31:
This complaint has seriously been bothering me all day long. It has me so upset that I am seriously considering printing out a copy of this review and bringing forth at our PTA meeting next week. This has me angry, no child should go without food for any reason whatsoever.
Posted by Anonymous on 2009-10-31:
Princi, that is a good idea. If you have kids in school, you need to know what their policy is for forgotten lunch money. here in TN, kids with no money and too many charges (5 I think is the limit) get an alternative meal. A cold sandwich, usually peanut butter, chips, an apple and milk. They are NOT allowed to go hungry.

That is why I ask all my questions. I want to make sure I know all thew facts instead of just guessing.
Posted by Anonymous on 2009-10-31:
Maybe we read into your comments because your reputation of beating up the people who post complaints here simply because you disagree and the negativity displayed in your comments precede you.
Posted by Anonymous on 2009-10-31:
Pro, I do not try to beat people up. I have heard every excuse there is for that or that. I also know there is usually more to the story than you get when someone is complaining. Remember there are always two sides.

I ALWAYS ask questions. Not because I believe the poster is lieing, but because I know there is another point of view missing. I NEVER take just one side with out knowing the other side. I am not like that. It has been my experience, and I have been employed for 23 years, that many problems are caused by the complainer not the complainer. (Not talking about this review, just in general).

Every time I hear "they were rude to me blah blah" I want to know what happened BEFORE. You can't make a blanket judgment or give advice when you don;t know all the facts.

I will not side with you just because everyone else does or it is the popular opinion. I will however, be the only one on your side when everyone else is against you if I believe you are in the right. THAT is also how I am.

As for this review. I have absolutely NO problem with JTF. I just merely could not believe a school district let a child go hungry. Not can't believe as in 'you are lieing', can't believe as in WTF.

Most folks don't like that I speak my mind. That is fine with me. I don't color my speech or walk on egg shells. You always know where you stand with me. What I do mind is when someone totally turns what I say into a meaning that was never intended. And most of the time, if you read what I write, and NOT what you want it to say just because you don't like me, you will see that my intention and meaning is usually very clear.

If you are at all unsure, just ask. You don't have to react like I insulted your mother. I do not treat anyone here that way and am getting pretty tired of it happening to me. I may not agree with you, but I also do not call you names or make rude comments to you.

KJ, I don't make excuses. I am grown and have nerve enough to own anything I say. I also am big enough to admit when I am wrong. I am sorry if you think everyone should agree with everyone who posts a complaint. I am not going to.

If someone posts a complaint that a manager was rude to them, I am going to ask what they did to make the manager be rude. 99% of the time it is the customer who starts the interaction. When someone complains about overdraft fees, I am not going to blame the bank.

If this website is made solely for people to post a complaint and have everyone on here agree that they were the injured party, then I do not belong here.

If this is a website to help people fix a problem or avoid a problem in the future, then I am going to talk to people like they are adults and not sugar coat it.
Posted by Anonymous on 2009-10-31:
Lady no one has every asked you to sugar coat your comments. With that said your comments are consistently confrontational and put people on the defensive. Maybe you like it that way. This anonymous forum is an outlet for you exercise power that you don't have in real life.

There is a difference in telling it like it is and being a rude person who thinks they know it all. These "questions" you ask are not typical questions. They are demeaning.

Your comment history is out there for everyone to see and they can draw their own conclusions.

This last post of yours is nothing but a last ditch attempt to explain away the rudeness you portray here in hoping you can save face.

What I find truly sad is the comment you posted on the Carls Jr. post. I had said that people have common sense and your next comment said it all: "You said people have common sense. I pointed out merely they didn't and that you could see that IF YOU EVER WATCHED PEOPLE AT A GROCERY STORE."

So, you think people don't have common sense. Personally, that sums up the context of every comment that you post here. I would rather give them the benefit of the doubt and think that they do.
Posted by DWell17 on 2009-10-31:
As a teacher you has had students get free breakfast, free lunch, free after school care and free afternoon snack: I can tell you that the students who pay for their lunch or bring a lunch do forget or it gets left at home once in a while. Our school gives them a PB sandwich or Jell with fruit and chips and a drink. I also make it a point to have crackers and fruit cups and a fruit drint in my cubby for those days when children forget. Learning is hard when your hungry and small.
Posted by Anonymous on 2009-10-31:
Pro, again, somehow something is getting lost in the translation. My grocery store comment was a spoken truth. People should have sense not to eat unwashed fruit. I work at Walmart. I actually see people eating grapes out of the bag. Or handing their baby a banana or an apple. These fruits are not washed. THAT is what I meant when I said people do not have common sense. benefit of the doubt? When I can SEE them eating unwashed fruit? You take an extreme to a simple comment and it boggles the mind.

I also realize people can see my comments. I have nothing to hide. I am how I am. I do not try to hide it or change it, or make excuses for it.

I do not however have a problem clarifying or trying to make a misunderstanding into an understanding. Call it what you want. You seem to have a problem with me and I have no idea where it came from. Frankly, I am beyond caring at this point.

How about from now on you ignore me and I will ignore you then we can both live in peace.
Posted by Anonymous on 2009-10-31:
Your experience watching the people at Walmart is not inclusive of everyone and your comment stated that you believe people do not have common sense.

If you choose to ignore me that's great. Me ignoring you wont curb your rude comments. Others have said the same things to you that I have, so it is obviously not one sided.

Anyway, this post isn't about me or you. It is about a five year old kindergartner who went hungry because he didn't get his lunch. According to the OP he should have had a ticket for Friday and he still didn't get to eat and no adult noticed or worse, didn't care to find out why. That is wrong!
Posted by Anonymous on 2009-10-31:
WHO CARES if I believe people have no common sense? They DON'T. They take a pacifier from a wrapper and pop it into their kids mouth without washing it first. They pull clothes off the rack and wear them out with out washing them first. They eat fruit that is unwashed. YOU believe people have common sense. I will believe they don't. Get over it already.

"If you choose to ignore me that's great." Good we agree.

"Me ignoring you wont curb your rude comments." My comments are not meant to be rude, but again, we agree. I won't change my opinion or the way I give it.

"Others have said the same things to you that I have, so it is obviously not one sided." And others have told me the opposite. Just as there are many bad reviews on here about this or that company, there will be opinions about both of us, good and bad, so again, kay sera.
Posted by Pepper on 2009-10-31:
i guess i'm one of the few who didn't find the question rude

in fact... if anything, it's a good question cos... if the answer is that "yes the school totally denied him food" then it really brings to light how horribly the school acted.

I do hope the OP's son got some pizza though. Even if it wasn't school pizza.

i mentioned this one to mom and she was horrified at the school's actions.

though when i mentioned the story about the teacher taking my lunch money, she'd forgotten it. (which isn't surprising cos it was back in the mid 70s)
Posted by Anonymous on 2009-10-31:
KJ, kay sera to you as well. I swear I feel like I am on a playground with two cry babies who are stomping their feet cause someone doesn't play the way they want.

If my questions or comments offend anyone I apologize. Good grief already. The horse is dead.

Pepper be careful. I am standing on a mudhole and your shoes might get dirty. (Might not want to stand next to me.)
Posted by Pepper on 2009-10-31:
oh the OP is justthefaxx ?

hope the school shapes up for you and your son.
Posted by Anonymous on 2009-10-31:
no. not at all lady. it's simply that a few of us are not afraid to call you out for the rude person you are. don't like it? go play on a different playground. the horse will be dead when you learn some manners and simple respect for others.
Posted by Anonymous on 2009-10-31:
Que Sera
Posted by Pepper on 2009-10-31:
lady s...

it's ok. my shoes are grey anyway. and i use to run cross-country so i'm use to mud. =)

besides, what'll people do if i'm not against you? type me to death?
Posted by Anonymous on 2009-10-31:
Lady I am perfectly capable of separating your disparaging comments from the comment that PepperElf makes. You are sinking in your own mudhole all alone. Oh, and as an FYI since everyone is such a fan of spell check and using the dictionary on this site, it is que sera.
Posted by Anonymous on 2009-10-31:
LOL Wally. You beat me to it.
Posted by Anonymous on 2009-10-31:
KJ, whatever you say. Nowhere have I been rude in my responses. I have asked what I consider reasonable questions. I don't have resort to grade school tactics and name calling. I really am tired of this. Just let it go. Don't read my posts. Then you will have nothing to complain about.
Posted by Pepper on 2009-10-31:

(but i'm saying this with a giggle cos i have tyops too)

Posted by Anonymous on 2009-10-31:
Dang. I used google for that and it came up KAY Sera. I actually was singing it in my head. Excuse me.
Posted by Anonymous on 2009-10-31:
Yah pepper, typos suck. ;)
Posted by Pepper on 2009-10-31:
ya i'm perfect of course
i never hape issues with mispelling words or tyops.

Posted by Anonymous on 2009-11-01:
ladyscot, bossing me around won't work either. tis really quite simple really. if you don't like being called out for being rude/condescending/demeaning towards nearly all persons that post reviews or comments, then take yourself elsewhere. maybe over yonder to that forum gripe site you were bragging about starting all on your own? how's that comin' along for ya anyways?
Posted by Pepper on 2009-11-01:
kj ... technically that's bossing, too though
Posted by Anonymous on 2009-11-01:
LOL Pepper.

Thank you KJ, it is coming along quite well. Would you like an invite?

How about you just go eat some chocolate and relax. There really is no need for you to address me anymore. And that is not an order, it is a request. Since you accused me of bossing you when I was only making a suggestion. You seem to NEED conflict...I am betting that's why you picked me right? Cause I can give as good as I get...

Oh, and KJ? Pot, meet kettle.
Posted by RestaurantGuy on 2009-11-01:
I also do not see how LadyScots comment was rude. There is always two sides to a story. If the school didn't give him anything to eat then they messed up big time. However I think you need to ask certain questions to a 5 year old to make sure this is what happened. The last thing you want to do is go into this without knowing all of the facts. I'll stand beside Lady also as she has done nothing wrong IMO
Posted by madconsumer on 2009-11-01:
there is always the other side of this story.
Posted by Ytropious on 2009-11-01:
I try to treat established posters here equally, so I just want to say I hate seeing when someone calls out another member for being rude, when calling them out in that way is just as rude, if not ruder! And can we not forget that this is a thread about a CHILD going hungry? We do need to know all the facts here. In this situation I was willing to give the benefit of the doubt, but I also pointed out that maybe the child didn't make it known to an adult because I have a hard time believing a knowing adult would let a child go hungry...don't you? Kumbya my lord, kumbya....lol
Posted by Anonymous on 2009-11-01:
"it's simply that a few of us are not afraid to call you out for the rude person you"? LMAO! And who are these few? One person, multiple NIC's maybe? This coming from one of the sites biggest trouble makers and whiners. Give us all a break and YOU go find your own sandbox. LadyScot explained her points and I can see what she was saying pretty crystal clear. But then again I pride myself for having an IQ well above that of a court jester.
Posted by yoke on 2009-11-01:
I just re-read the OP. NOWHERE in the post does it say the child was not fed, I think we all assumed that because the mom said he did not get his lunch that it meant he did not eat. The child did not get pizza, which was on the menu. The child was probably offered what the other children who do not have lunches get. It sounds as if the mother was expecting her child to get the lunch and was upset to find out he was not allowed to get the pizza and made things worse for the child by bringing it up.
Posted by Skye on 2009-11-01:
If a child doesn't have the funds for lunch that day, schools will provide a peanut butter and jelly sandwich and milk. They will not let a child go hungry.

Shame on his school if they let him go without his lunch.
Posted by Anonymous on 2009-11-01:
Everyone, Thanks for your comments. After further inquiries I found out that my son was given crackers instead of his lunch. I still cannot believe that they were able to see that I had paid for his next 20 tickets online and still didn't give him his lunch. I hope his next school is more compassionate. We are relocating from Chicago to Atlanta in two months. I know this affected him deeply because the following morning when I was taking him to his grandmother's house while I went to work, he made himself another "lunch ticket" with a piece of paper. The only condolence I have about that day is that it was his Halloween party day and my wife was the classroom parent in charge of the party. Due to other parents not participating or contributing like they were supposed to, my wife spent $100 on plates, cups, cupcakes, and balloons for that party. $100 for their party and they still couldn't give my son his slice of pizza.
Posted by Ytropious on 2009-11-01:
So the day he didn't get lunch was the day he had a Halloween party? They get food at those anyway though so even if he went without lunch he'd still be eating something at the party, even if it's just cupcakes. I will say that I don't think crackers and crackers alone would be a suitable lunch, but considering I'm sure he ate at the party they probably thought that was sufficient to tide him over. And for the record, doesn't that make LadyScot correct in her original assumptions?
Posted by *Brenda* on 2009-11-01:
LadyScot seems to take her anger out on the OPs here... which is sad. :-(
Posted by Anonymous on 2009-11-01:
Yes, It was his Halloween party so he was probably oblivious to the fact that he wasn't given the lunch (which I had paid for). My wife was there at 1pm with some chicken nuggets for him. That still doesn't make this right. I pay for his lunches and I want him to be given his lunches. Ytropious, if you think a cupcake is a suitable substitute for the lunch I pay for, you are delusional of how parents are with their children.
Posted by Ytropious on 2009-11-01:
I never said it was a suitable substitute, and I never said crackers were either. It was food, and it's something in his belly which is better then nothing. I was under the impression he got nothing for lunch which is completely wrong and terrible. Having something is better then having nothing. Yes he should have gotten his lunch because you DID pay for it, but as you can see a lot of us were under the impression he got nothing at all. At least your wife was able to bring him up some food.
Posted by Nohandle on 2009-11-01:
This has turned into an ugly confrontational with members. I, too, thought the child received nothing at all for lunch. As I stated earlier up, in my area every child receives lunch regardless of his ability to pay and in addition to that his account is up to date, he forgot his lunch money or left his prepared lunch on the kitchen table when he left for school.

This might be a needed wake up call for everyone to check with his particular school system to determine if a child, for whatever reason, doesn't have lunch what is the policy at that school. Let's don't take anything for granted.
Posted by Anonymous on 2009-11-01:
NoHandle, BA, the voice of reason as always.
Posted by jktshff1 on 2009-11-01:
jtf, from Khikago to hotlanta.....you are in for a big shock!!
Posted by Anonymous on 2009-11-01:
JKT, you aint seen heat till you been to phoenix brotha, we roast like marshmallows here during the summer.
Posted by jktshff1 on 2009-11-01:
ain't the heat it's the humidity, we melt.
hotlanta is a termed used "down South" for the big city of Atlanta.
Posted by Anonymous on 2009-11-01:
Brenda, where do you get that? I have no anger at all. I only asked a few clarifying questions. Where in any of my posts do you see anger? I am not the one attacking and calling names here.
Posted by Johanna on 2009-11-01:
They gave him crackers?! What the heck kind of lunch is that? I still think that's bordering on illegal. Yeah, it's food, but come on! How would those teachers and administrators like it if they were just given a few crackers for their lunch?
Posted by Anonymous on 2009-11-01:
Just, crackers is all they gave him? I would be ticked about that. I think a visit to the board of education is in order. Every school district should have a backup plan for this very reason.

While I do understand the payment processing (a payment has not been made til it clears) there is no excuse for allowing a small child to go hungry.
Posted by Anonymous on 2009-11-02:
My son will be OK I have been able to talk him out of thinking of that incident. He and I are actually in Los Angeles visiting my sister and will be flying back to Chicago tomorrow. The only thing that still bothers me is that he keeps referring to the fact that he was told he had no ticket for lunch.
Posted by Anonymous on 2009-11-02:
Just, would it be possible to make sure he always has an emergency dollar or two in his backpack?
Posted by Anonymous on 2009-11-05:
LadyScot, Most definitely!
Posted by Anonymous on 2009-11-06:
Just, that is good. Glad your youngun is ok.

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