What Happened to Common Sense in Our Schools … 40 Childrens Lunches at Uintah Elementary School Confiscated and Tossed in Garbage Because There Was No Money in the Students’ Lunch Accounts


What the hell were these people thinking?

Forty elementary school kids had their lunches taken away and thrown in the garbage after it was realized that they had zero balances in their lunch accounts. ARE YOU SERIOUS!!! Punish the children for something their parents did that was most likely an over-sight? How could anyone think that this was the way to handle such an issue? This is just a long line of ignorant and ridiculous policies and further shows the lack of common sense that has become common place in our schools. Dodgeball no, taking kids lunches away from them … yes.


Utah parents are criticizing an elementary school for taking school lunches away from students because of unpaid accounts.

However, school officials claim the children did not go hungry.

When fifth-grader Sophia Isom got into the lunch line Tuesday, the girl said she was met by a district nutrition manager who was monitoring accounts.

“So she took my lunch away and she’s like, ‘Go get a milk.’ And I come back up and I’m like, ‘What’s going on?’ Then she handed me an orange and she said, ‘You don’t have any money in your account, so you can’t get lunch,’” Sophia said.

Sophia said the food was thrown out.

“We were all blind-sided,” said Erica Lukes, Sophia’s mother. “There were lots of tears, and it was pretty upsetting for them.”

FACEBOOK – Salt Lake City School DistrictApology for their actions:

On Monday, a district Child Nutrition manager was sent to Uintah Elementary School to investigate the large number of students who had zero or negative balances in their school lunch accounts. That same day, the district manager and the local school kitchen manager started making calls to inform parents of the negative balances.

On Tuesday, the calls to parents continued. When lunch time came, students who still had negative balances were told they could not have a full meal but were given a piece of fruit and a milk for lunch. The district does this so children who don’t have money for lunch can at least have some food and not go without.

Unfortunately, children are served lunch before they get to the computer for payment. The children who didn’t have enough money in their accounts had their normal food trays taken from them and were given the fruit and milk.

This situation could have and should have been handled in a different manner. We apologize.

Cafeteria manager placed on leave after Utah school lunch seizures.

A cafeteria manager has been placed on paid administrative leave as the Salt Lake City School District investigates the seizure of school lunches from up to 40 young students with unpaid meal tabs.

The lunches were taken away Tuesday at Uintah Elementary, a move that has sparked outcry from parents, lawmakers and outraged observers who have created a sensation on social media.

More employees could be put on leave as well, depending on what the investigation uncovers, said district Superintendent McKell Withers.

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    3 Responses to “What Happened to Common Sense in Our Schools … 40 Childrens Lunches at Uintah Elementary School Confiscated and Tossed in Garbage Because There Was No Money in the Students’ Lunch Accounts”

    1. A Texas Grandfather on February 1st, 2014 4:19 pm

      The school probably has an automated system to debit the children’s accounts as they get food.

      The problem is who is in charge of maintaining the accounts and what is the procedure for notifying parents prior to the account being empty? Prepaid accounts are fine, but the system should generate a daily report of balances getting close to zero and produce at least a notify list.

      This school district may have other schools with the same problem. The administration of this school is questionable as to paying attention to important things such as this one.

    2. caribbean on February 1st, 2014 7:22 pm

      It would have made a lot more sense to let them eat the lunch (no waste) and then send the kid home with a note to Mom & Dad that there would be no lunch the next day without a payment to the account.
      SM: Yup. Its not like these kids are going anywhere, they are in school. They could have just charged the account and had a negative balance. We let millions of $’s be wasted on food stamp and welfare fraud, but $2 from an elementary school students is where these A$$es draw the line. UNREAL.

    3. BabyBear on February 2nd, 2014 8:45 am

      This is another example of government gone amok. These lunches were thrown in the garbage in the face of hungry children. Why was it better to waste the food? It’s like the two cases in NC where children brought healthy lunches from home–sandwiches and fruit juice, and they were confiscated and thrown away and replaced with greasy chicken nuggets. Because of Michelle Obama, many schools who are following her dictats are also throwing away lunches because school children won’t eat the food she has ordered served. They go hungry all afternoon and hungry children have difficulty learning. This country has lost all common sense and has turned the welfare of our children over to a a bunch of Marxist idiots.

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