School District Suspends Two Workers in Connection With Forcible Removal of Student Lunches
Two school workers in Utah have been placed on paid leave while the district investigates an incident where school officials forcibly took away students' lunches because their parents had unpaid balances on their accounts. Salt Lake School District spokesperson Jason Olsen said he could not identify the workers, nor reveal any other details about the investigation for personnel privacy issues. "This was a mistake," Olsen said. "There shouldn't have been food taken away from these students once they went through that line."
The district is still investigating which worker made the decision to seize the meals, and just how many other staffers assisted in the seizing of the meals.
The school principal has set up an account to help cover the meals for those kids who do not have the money to cover lunch in hopes that this will prevent a similar incident from ever happening again. Other principals in the district have taken steps to do the same.
Two Utah lawmakers have also stepped up, stating that if the district can't figure out how to prevent this from happening again, they will take it upon themselves to pass legislation that does it for them. State Senator Todd Weiler (R-Woods Cross) is said, "To me, this rises to the level of bullying. These children were humiliated in their own school, in front of their classmates."
What do you think? Did the district do the right thing in suspending the workers involved in this incident?
[Source: Star Tribune]