Parents are furious over reports that 25 students at Robert J. Coelho Middle School in Attleboro, Mass., were required to throw away their lunches (video below), reports WFXT-TV.
Whitson’s, the contractor responsible for providing lunches, stopped students from eating their food if there was not enough credit in the student’s pre-paid account or if they didn't have enough money, reports The Sun Chronicle.
The lunch director had been placed on administrative leave and Whitson’s was instructed not to deny lunch to any student in the future said Superintendent Pia Durkin.
“There is no way any child in my school district will ever go hungry,” Durkin stated. “Children need to eat.”
The school requires that the cafeteria provide a cheese sandwich and milk to any student who cannot pay for regular meals.
Whitson’s apologized for the incident in a statement: “We regret that these students were denied meals and agree that this situation should have been handled differently. We apologize to the students and the community for this incident and are conducting a full investigation.”