Johnny Cook, a bus driver for the Haralson County Middle School in Tallapoosa, Georgia, recently went on Facebook to slam the school for denying a lunch to a child who didn't have the money to pay for the food (video below).
The school has a policy of providing any student in need with a free sandwich.
While many people see Cook as a local hero for speaking out, the Facebook post cost him his job.
Superintendent Brett Stanton told WTSP-TV that Cook should have gone to the school about the complaint, which Stanton claims never happened.
Stanton said he had never recieved a complaint about a student being denied food for the five years he's been employed at the school district, but numerous parents posted on Facebook that their children had also been denied lunch at the Haralson County Middle School.
Cook wrote on Facebook:
A middle schooler got on my bus this evening and said mr johnny im hungry. I said why are you hungry buddy? Didn't you eat lunch ? He said no sir I didn't have any money on my account. I said they would let you charge it? No sir.
Huh! What! This child is already on reduced lunch and we can't let him eat. Are you kidding me? I'm certain there was leftover food thrown away today. But kids were turned away because they didn't have .40 on there account .
As a tax payer, I would much rather feed a child than throw it away. I would rather feed a child than to give food stamps to a crack head. My number is (…) the next time we can't feed a kid for forty cent, please call me . We will scrape up the money.
This is what the world has come to.
A Change.org petition has been launched to reinstate Cook. So far there are over 4000 signatures.