April 5th, 2013
02:12 AM ET

No meal for kids in debt at middle school

Sorry, kid. No money, no lunch.

Students at an Attleboro, Massachusetts, middle school went hungry this week, if they had a negative balance on their pre-paid lunch cards.

Five cents of debt was enough for cafeteria employees at the Coehlo Middle School in instruct kids at least one day this week to dump out the food they would have normally eaten, CNN affiliate WJAR, Rhode Island, reported.


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  1. Rascal Rabble

    Ooo-ouch! this puts oliver twist request for seconds t'shame...po' shilren hoping momma paid that bill...sooo they won't get tortured, starved, and publicly humiliated at the register and gaped as today's garbarge dumpsters. they did everything except tased the child...talkabout cruel and inhumane!

    April 5, 2013 at 5:52 am | Report abuse |
  2. Mary

    I couldn't have it better @ RR 😉 Good morning

    April 5, 2013 at 6:28 am | Report abuse |
  3. Mary

    Maybe these teachers could take a cut in pay to cover the costs?
    Would that not go to loving your brother intensely as God commands
    What would be more important, ones paycheck or the value of anothers life
    How could we expect these children to excel in our educational system when they're hungry?
    "No child left behind" ... even when they are starving

    April 5, 2013 at 6:34 am | Report abuse |
  4. Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©™

    So there IS a free lunch?
    I guess that if you see it in the Sun, it's so.

    April 5, 2013 at 7:45 am | Report abuse |
  5. Socialista

    Depriving these children free lunch disrupts the parents teaching kids how to free load. Demand your free stuff! It's your civil right as an American! Make the rich pay their fair share! Do not discriminate just because they're in debt. I did not vote for BO to not get handouts.

    April 5, 2013 at 8:00 am | Report abuse |
  6. Dietician

    It's all for the better. The obesity epidemic goes hand in glove with the federal food stamp and free lunch program (now expanded to breakfast and lunch, and in Washington DC schools, dinner too!). Push away that corndog and reheated cheese pizza. Tend a garden and eat healthy food and learn some responsibility!

    April 5, 2013 at 8:03 am | Report abuse |
    • Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©™

      @ Dietician:
      You used the R-word.
      Don't do that: it hurts folks' feelings.

      April 5, 2013 at 8:23 am | Report abuse |
    • Portland tony

      If the friggin' food were "free", there wouldn't be a problem. I'm sure there's more to this story!

      April 5, 2013 at 10:31 am | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      This story isn't about the kids who qualify for the free lunch program. This is about prepaid debit type cards, used in MANY schools across the nation; this is a non-story, as this happens in all of the schools that utilize this program.

      April 5, 2013 at 11:12 am | Report abuse |
  7. Mary

    How cold can all of you be?
    You have NO idea of their situation
    Further more, with the economy the way it is now, it's any wonder that you would question the cold heartedness of these people.

    April 5, 2013 at 8:20 am | Report abuse |
  8. Mary

    @ Socialista, Again, you have no idea of the situation, your statement is all based on assumptions.
    Where is the love of the greater number? ... Cooling off as Jesus put it
    You all disgust me !!!

    April 5, 2013 at 8:22 am | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      The situation is that the parents didn't reload the cards.

      April 5, 2013 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |
  9. bobcat (in a hat)©

    You commenters here ranting, as usual, about a socialist agenda must be reading a different story. No where in here does it speak of free lunches. The story specifically speaks of a negative balance on "prepaid lunch cards".
    So much for cognitive reading skills.

    April 5, 2013 at 10:49 am | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      We had these when my kid was in HS. They are basically debit cards. Cash wasn't even used at her school. You are right, Rawr.

      April 5, 2013 at 11:06 am | Report abuse |
  10. 1608®

    The food was paid for, except in this case some students ran low on funds. To have them throw the food out because of that was and is STUPID.

    April 5, 2013 at 10:55 am | Report abuse |
    • BOMBO

      To hand the food out free anyway sets a bad precedent.

      April 5, 2013 at 11:06 am | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Agreed, Bombo. And schools typically send out emails when their child's account is getting low.

      April 5, 2013 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |
  11. BOMBO

    Such laudable feelings for the kids in this story, but do you all want to pay higher taxes to cover the costs of these lunches?

    @Mary, how is this the teachers' fault? Why should they take a cut to cover the costs for freeloading parents/ students?

    I make sure my kids have a lunch. It's always packed, and I make sure they have some ready cash in case they need to (or just feel like they want to) buy something.

    April 5, 2013 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
    • Portland tony

      Only those whose parents who are below the poverty level get "free" lunches for their kids. This article discusses those "afflent" parents who were in arrears for their kids paid lunches. Some districts allow parents to prepay for student's lunches so kids don't have to carry cash every day!

      April 5, 2013 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |
  12. bobcat (in a hat)©

    AGAIN These were not, were not ,were not, FREE lunches. These were PRE-PAID LUNCH CARDS w/negative balances. Jeez.

    April 5, 2013 at 11:08 am | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      I know exactly what you mean, Rawr. I understand, as it is used in our school district.

      April 5, 2013 at 11:17 am | Report abuse |
  13. 1608®

    The children had the food in hand so why have them throw it out what's the gain, the parents would pay later.

    April 5, 2013 at 11:17 am | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Do you get the food free when you pay with a debit card, and you don't have the funds? Same concept, 1608. Obviously, the parents are habitual offenders.

      April 5, 2013 at 11:32 am | Report abuse |
  14. susans1981

    Parents have no way of knowing what the balance is on this account. No system is in place for a parent to look up what is owed on accounts. Elmentary a note is sent home if your child needs more funds. This middle school doesn't even send a note home to parents to let them know that funds are needed. Thsese children do not receive a free lunch. It is pay as you go. An adult took it upon themself to teach a lesson to children in the fifth grade. Children were left crying in the lunch line. Some classmates shared a lunches with students who lunch was thrown out. No child should go hungry in American especially in a school setting.

    April 5, 2013 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
  15. 1608®

    @banasy©. It's possible but I could not /would not take it out on the children. Have a great weekend.

    April 5, 2013 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
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