A bus driver in Haralson County, Ga., was fired after making a Facebook post that rubbed school administrators the wrong way.
Johnny Cook said a kid on his bus told him that he had been denied lunch at school because he was 40 cents short. Cook put his thoughts about the incident 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.”
Superintendent Brett Stanton heard about the post and then denied that the incident Cook wrote about ever happened. Cook was allegedly told he could either take down his statement and apologize or lose his job, Time NewsFeed reported.
“I felt like in my heart of hearts the kid was telling the truth," Cook said. "Whether he was or whether he wasn’t, I believed him. So I was not going to recant the story.”
Still, Cook wants his job back. A petition on Change.Org, reads:
Haralson School District of Tallapoosa, GA, Haralson School District
Give Johnny Cook His Job Back And Apologize Publicly To Him On Facebook
Also resign your seat as Superintendent
The petition already has 10,000 signatures. Cook has also started a Facebook page called “Johnny’s Kids,” described as “a community outreach program designed to bring attention to every community that children are going hungry in our schools.”