By Lisa Schencker
| The Salt Lake Tribune
Up to 40 kids at Uintah Elementary in Salt Lake City picked up their lunches Tuesday, then watched as the meals were taken and thrown away because of outstanding balances on their accounts — a move that shocked and angered parents.
"It was pretty traumatic and humiliating," said Erica Lukes, whose 11-year-old daughter had her cafeteria lunch taken from her as she stood in line Tuesday at Uintah Elementary School, 1571 E. 1300 South.
Lukes said as far as she knew, she was all paid up. "I think it’s despicable," she said. "These are young children that shouldn’t be punished or humiliated for something the parents obviously need to clear up."
Jason Olsen, a Salt Lake City District spokesman, said the district’s child-nutrition department became aware that Uintah had a large number of students who owed money for lunches.
As a result, the child-nutrition manager visited the school and decided to withhold lunches to deal with the issue, he said.
But cafeteria workers weren’t able to see which children owed money until they had already received lunches, Olsen explained.
The workers then took those lunches from the students and threw them away, he said, because once food is served to one student it can’t be served to another.
Olsen said school officials told the district that their staffers typically tell students about any balances as they go through the lunch line and send home notifications to parents each week.
The district attempted to contact parents with balances via phone Monday and Tuesday, Olsen said, but weren’t able to reach them all before the child-nutrition manager decided to take away the students’ lunches.
I don't know if I can properly comment on this one, but I'll try. Of all the heartless things I've ever heard of! Taking food away from children because their parents are behind on their bills. I could partially understand it if it were high school kids, but elementary school? It makes me sick to think of how those little ones felt. I bet the other children were laughing at them too.
The education system is supposed to help our children, not take away their food because they can't pay. If this doesn't prove how heartless the Judeo-Capitalist system is I don't know what will.
Folks, it's time for a change. It's time we brought down this rotten system that will even deny food to small children. Anyone who doesn't agree with me on this can got to - you know where. I'm sorry, but this one has really infuriated me.
I call upon everyone who reads this blog but is not an Official ANP Supporter to become one today. We have all got to work together if we want to stop this sort of practice. If I lived in that school district I'd go down to my registrar of voters office and run for school board. That's the way we're going to make change: Through politics, not violent revolution.
Now I know we're talking about Utah and not California, but sometimes I wonder if I did the right thing leaving teaching - especially when money is tight. Teachers don't make a lot when it comes to supporting a family, but if you're single like me, it's pretty good. But when I hear about something like this, I'm glad I am no longer a part of this system. If I were a teacher in that district could I have done something about this? Absolutely not. If I spoke up I would have been told to stay out of it as it was an administrative concern, not a teaching concern. If I went to the media and the district found out, I would get a little slip in my permanent file that would read: Agitator. Boat rocker. Not a team player. And the like.
By working together and bringing about a National Socialist order we can prevent this from happening in the future. As to this particular incident we can only hope that there is so much negative press that those responsible will either be fired, or at least think twice before pulling this crap again on little children.
And I thought Mormons were supposed to be VERY Christian. Doesn't sound to me like a very Christian thing to do. Well, as people like that say, "Nothing personal. Just business. And business is business."