Tulsa School Explains Why They Threw Out Student's Lunch

An anonymous mother told KRMG that her son, who attends one of Tulsa's Public Schools, was not allowed to eat lunch because he owed $3. The school allegedly took the boy's tray and threw his food away.

The mom disagreed with the treatment by saying “Let him know that he owes money, send a note home or something, but I don’t think a child should be told no, they can’t eat. I don’t think that if he forgets his money one day, it should just be ‘no, you can’t eat.’”

According to Chris Payne, a spokesperson for Tulsa Public Schools, the district policy is that high school students can’t charge for a meal. He went on to say that McDonald's won't serve you without money. The district allows elementary and middle school students to charge for lunches.

Some schools do allow students to work in the cafeteria for their meals, but Oklahoma's strict food handling laws don't allow that choice. Payne added “We really do want their emphasis to be on learning."

Photo: Maverick Cuisine, The Daily News

Mother outraged her son was denied lunch.

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