A Fort Meyers, Florida, teen was reportedly punished by school officials after taking pictures of her lunch with her cell phone.
Eighth grade student Lexi Falance said she was in school when she felt compelled to take photos of the various options available for lunch.
"I sat down, I looked at it, and I said, 'This looks disgusting," Lexi told Fox 4 News.
She said her mother gave her permission to take the photos, as well as the lunch lady.
"I asked the lunch lady if I could take a picture of the pizza," she explained.
"And she said you could?" Fox 4 reporter Lisa Greenberg asked.
"Yes," Lexi replied. "I took out my phone, which was in my shoe, I took a picture, and I put my phone back."
She later posted the photos to Facebook.
The next day, Lexi was called to the office.
"They handed me a piece of paper and said, 'Here's a referral,'" Lexi said. "The Vice Principal said, 'Somebody saw you taking pictures of the lunch and said you posted the on social media.'"
The referral was for "unauthorized use of an electronic device or camera to record school-related events or activities on campus."
Lexi said she "sat there and cried" as the referral was given to her. She said she refused to sign the referral because the lunch lady had given her permission to take the photos.
According to Lexi, the school's policy is that you cannot use your cell phone unless an instructor gives you permission.
Another student reportedly posted photos of her lunch on Facebook, then sent them to Fox 4 News. That student didn't get in trouble, so the news station reached out to the district on behalf of Lexi.
"We presume a very small percentage of students are able to subvert school rules each day without being detected," a school spokesperson responded. "If a parent is going to encourage their child to violate the code of conduct, then they should be aware of the consequence."
Though the spokesperson said the referral was just a warning, Lexi said it was a full-fledged referral with a punishment attached.
"I want it off my record," Lexi added. "It's my very first referral. I don't get in trouble ever. Obviously I try hard to be good, and I'm going to high school and they're going to look at that."
Since federal legislation began requiring schools to make their lunches healthier in 2012, students have been buying less lunches — resulting in 70 percent of meal programs taking a financial hit, according to AOL.