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Minnesota school threw away hot meals of students with over $15 lunch financial obligation, then asked forgiveness

A Minnesota school district is saying sorry after video surfaced showing high school cafeteria employees discarding the hot meals of trainees with outstanding lunch debt.Richfield High School came under fire on Monday after around 40 students had their hot lunches removed their trays, thrown away, and replaced with a cold lunch when cafeteria personnel saw they had lunch debt of more than $15, NBC Minneapolis affiliate KARE 11 reports.The incident was recorded on social media, and the school district in Richfield, about seven miles south of Minneapolis, rapidly asked forgiveness.” We deeply regret our actions today and the shame that it caused several of our students,”the district composed in a declaration Monday.”We have actually fulfilled with a few of the students involved and asked forgiveness to them. “Let our news fulfill your inbox. The news and stories that matters, delivered weekday mornings.This site is secured by recaptcha Privacy Policy|Terms of Service Richfield Superintendent Steven Unowsky informed KARE the actions of lunchroom personnel were”inappropriate. “”There are multiple failures we had in this scenario and our job is to repair it. Primarily [ in] the way we treated our kids. We ought to never ever leave kidswith the feeling they had from the experience,”Unowsky said.The school said students need to not be told publicly in front of their peers that they owe money, and instead need to be notified about any lunch financial obligation from

a social worker or assistance counselor.The school also said a hot lunch should never be taken off a student’s tray, even if they have lunch debt.Richfield High School Principal Latanya Daniels echoed the superintendent’s statement.” One of the important things we can do is model failure with grace.

We definitely stopped working in this situation and our team is working to try and correct mistakes we made, “Daniels told KARE.Richfield is represented by Democratic Congresswoman Ilhan Omar, who introduced a bill with fellow

Minnesota Democrat Sen. Tina Smith in June to end school lunch-debt shaming called the” No Embarassment at School Act.””Throughout this country, trainees whose households are struggling to afford school meals are being singled out and embarrassed at lunch break,”Rep. Omar stated in a statement at the time. “No child should incur a debt since of their monetary restrictions beyond their control.” In October, Rep. Omar

and Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-VT, also presented a bill called the Universal School Meals Program Act, which would provide free breakfast, lunch, and dinner to every student in America.

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