Boy from Ohio, 9, was upset after the school cafeteria staff removed his lunch on his birthday because of an unpaid balance of $ 9
- Jefferson Sharpnack was publicly ashamed of cafeteria on his birthday on September 3, when his lunch was taken away because of a $ 9 unpaid balance
- Jefferson, 9, is enrolled in the free and reduced lunch program at the Green Primary School in Summit County, Ohio
- Diane Bailey, Jefferson's grandmother, has called on school officials to change the current rules regarding school lunch procedures
- Chief Inspector Jeff Miller stated that children will now receive school lunch regardless of their balance
A 9-year-old boy in Ohio was ashamed of cafeteria staff when they took his lunch to school.
Jefferson Sharpnack, a student at Green Primary School in Summit County, came home upset after being denied lunch on September 3 for an unpaid balance of $ 9 in his lunch account.
His grandmother, Diane Bailey, discovered the incident after telling her that he & # 39; the worst birthday ever & # 39; had.
Bailey told me Fox 8: & # 39; He gets off the bus and says, "Grandma! Worst birthday ever!"
& # 39; He says they have taken his lunch from his tray and given him a piece of cheese and bread. & # 39;
Jefferson Sharpnack (photo) plays outside his home in Summit County after receiving a piece of bread and cheese for lunch on his birthday
Diane Bailey (photo) told Fox 8 reporters that cafeteria staff Jefferson refused school lunch because his lunch account had an unpaid balance of $ 9
The cafeteria staff would have taken Jefferson's food without explaining why.
& # 39; When I went to check out, the lunch lady said nothing, took away my cheesy bread sticks and sauce, put them there and took bread on cheese from the fridge and put it on my tray, & # 39; he said WEWS.
Jefferson and his two brothers went to live with Bailey last month after they moved to Ohio.
She registered the children for a free and limited lunch program at their school.
Bailey originally heard of the unpaid balance the Friday before the incident, August 30, and told WEWS that she was the school & # 39; first thing & # 39; to solve the problem.
WEWS reports that the administration told her that she could write a check to pay the balance until the paperwork for the free and reduced lunch program was processed.
Jefferson (photo) and his two siblings enjoyed cupcakes on his birthday
When Bailey heard of the incident, she was shocked.
& # 39; He was bullied. He was bullied by the school officials. He had his lunch taken out of his box at the age of 9, & Bailey told Fox 8.
Since then, she has called on school officials to change their protocol in such situations.
& # 39; In my mind, he owed nothing. I owed the money, the parents, the school district, & said Bailey told WEWS.
& # 39; And my other question is, if they take the food from your tray, they have to throw it away. Would you take the food from a tray and can't reserve it? You're going to throw it away and not feed the child? That doesn't make sense to me. & # 39;
Green Primary School in Summit County, Ohio, has started serving lunches to children despite the balance of the lunch accounts after the incident
According to a statement from Green Local Schools, they are currently investigating the situation.
Chief Inspector Jeff Miller told Fox 8 that students will receive school lunch regardless of the current account balance.
Miller said: & # 39; We are sensitive to the financial problems that families and challenges cause because of the costs of school breakfast and lunches.
& # 39; Our staff, in coordination with Family Support Specialists, will continue to work with families to ensure that they have access to all available resources to assist with the purchase of school meals. & # 39;
The cafeteria staff was approached about how to deal with similar situations in the future.
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