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    Kids in schools should never go hungry and should never be embarrassed because of school policies.

    Good on this kid for doing what he is doing but it shouldn't be up to him to fix crap that adults screw up. This is an easy fix if parents and school officials would pull their heads out of their asses and just fix it, an 8 year old shouldn't have to do your job for you.
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    Kids in school should never be embarrassed because their parents are dumb as hell and neglecting their responsibilities and neglecting their own kid.
    What should the school do?
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    I believe you mean "what shouldn't they do" They shouldn't dump the kids tray in the trash over a money issue, schools should never embarrass a student ever for any reason, ever. School policy shouldn't make it possible for for a kids meal to thrown away, school policy should be "kid's health and education come first above all else"
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    Kids most certainly be embarrassed because of school policies, interactions etc. It helps to prepare them for the real world. Now no kid should go without a meal or two at school though.
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    @Arumizy There are ways to prepare a kid for the real world without embarrassing or humiliating them and you know it. All you're doing is teaching kids how to embarrass and humiliate others and it distress their self esteem. theres a difference between being embarrassed because because your zipper is down or your blouse popped open or something along those lines and flat out and deliberate humiliation and it isn't the schools job to humiliate any one let alone one of its students.
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    In Michigan? No doubt the same ones who pocket the lotto money that is supposed to go towards state education funding. Free money is free money, just like SSI.
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    10% of those taking this poll are Regressive Republicans and don't think that poor kids deserve a hot meal because it's their fault for being born in a poor family.
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    @Laradian Not at all. "was offered a cheese sandwich instead." He was fed. Our soldiers eat less. This kid was offered a cheese sandwich. Guess you are one of those "whaaaa republican" whiners.
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    @62truckshea being republican has nothing to do with it. I am a republican and feel kids should have a meal even if their account is short. I have tasted the "cheese" served and it is nasty. There needs to be a better option for the emergency lunch as my school calls it. Maybe PB&J.
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    I know this is happening all over America, but I'm not surprised this time it happened in Detroit. I mean come on.... it's Detroit. The kids can't afford lunches, well the adults can't afford to keep the city running.

    But in all seriousness, I'd rather have my tax dollars go to feed a hungry child than go to fund some corrupt government expense.
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    @ Ironicguy

    First, most people need to differentiate the suburbs from Detroit. Detroit is a shithole, but many suburbs are beautiful. In this case, Howell is roughly 45 miles from the westernmost edge of Detroit. Howell is also a very nice community.

    Second, the issue should be about the lottery and basic school taxes. Why are any kids needing to pay when the revenues from both mentioned should be applied as they were supposed to be intended to do.
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    What happened to parents sending their kids to school with lunch? I never got hot lunches in school....unless I put my sandwich on the radiator during class.
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    Sending them to school WITH a lunch. Why that would take effort and responsibility. We can't have that. These days, it's the "village" that is responsible, not the parents.
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    @Ets101592

    How true, yet when the village wants to reprimand the child, the parent will say "You can't punish my child, I'm the only one raising him/her".
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    @Ets101592 You are correct. Even lunches sent from home must follow Michelle's guidelines or they are confiscated and thrown out too. It's insane, but there are incidents of home lunches being thrown in the trash and the child given a school lunch instead, for which the parents have to pay.
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    @Realthinker it's nothing but control freak liberalism, and people just sit back and let god of liberal take over parental rights and responsibilities out of pure laziness. Until of course, precious Johnny does something bad. Then it's "you better not touch my precious."
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    I find it ironic that schools have policies against students bullying other students, yet denying food to a hungry child is administrative bullying.
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    Having raised four, I am well aware of the important slip of paper that got left in the backpack, the last minute notification of a project the kid has known about for six weeks, the cupcakes promised for tomorrow's party. The schools send home notices about low balances. Sometimes they get lost, sometimes the child forgets to give you the note, or everything gets forgotten when Gramma has a stroke. Life happens. The women running the cafeteria have kids of their own and know this. I sometimes think these school boards go out of their way to develop the most stringent rules possible. You can't tell me the women serving the food can't afford to buy that lunch for that child, and yes, such an experience is very humiliating to a young child. About that project left to the last minute when the kid has known about it? Tell her you are not going to frantically produce the project in one evening. She is going to pay the consequences for her decision all by herself. Then send a sealed note to the teacher the next morning, explaining what she did and requesting she be given an "F" for the project. This is very effect in the fourth grade. They will never, ever, make that mistake again.
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    I know a teacher who personally paid a student's last quarter tuition so she could graduate from high school. This young man is demonstrating the kind of charity and caring on a personal level that Christians are supposed to practice. I will be calling a local school to see if they accept donations for kids whose lunch funds have run out.
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    This should never occur in the lunch line itself, NEVER. That is just plain cruelty and stupidity on the part of the school. My childrens schools always sent out an automated message when one of the kids accounts got a little low. This should be step one, step two should be a message to the parents that the school could no longer provide a hot lunch for their child and suggest assistance programs if they needed help. Third would be to have the child told before hand that he/she could not get a hot lunch through the school.

    This is the responsibility of the parent to provide for their child, they are the ones who should eventually face disciplinary action. The child should never be embarrassed by the school which should provide a safe environment for learning. The kid had a good idea, don't wait for the govt or the idiots at the school who escalated the issue to come up with something. Get some caring people and help these kids out.
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    The school system my grandchildren attend can send out texts about their assignments these days. My daughters' get them frequently, and yes, my daughter knows when her 13 year old athletic son has depleted his balance...............again.
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    @Realthinker Tell her to start saving, at 15 any food in the house is at risk to a boy that age. One story I remember was my wife buying a carton of blueberries, one of black berries, and one of strawberries for a health morning mixed fruit. He ate them all after dinner, we were lucky that he liked healthy food in addition to all the junk he also devoured.
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    @WoodyKC LOL I will tell her. My grandkids all like healthy food too. I have seen this boy devour an entire cantaloupe in five minutes flat. I'm talking an enormous Indiana muskmelon from the time his mother scooped out the seeds.
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    Good for him and his community. We need more people like him to do the right thing, instead of turning to the force of government.
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    First off...it looks like we have un responsible parents.

    secondly....Great Kid!!!

    Thirdly....Our tax dollars go to these schools.
    Maybe they should use it accordingly.
    No child should be denied a good lunch...Period.

    Maybe these left wing indoctrintors could give up some of their entitlements and feed the kids.
    They get paid with tax payer funds,,,after all.
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    He is a great kid! If the residents of a school district decide hot lunches should be part of the school day then their taxes should pay for them and every kid should get one.
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    @galt45 -- That is one way to do it. Districts should have that choice. That would attract young parents and be a disincentive for empty-nesters and others without kids to live there.

    There's the added dynamic in schools in poorer districts that a sizeable portion of the student body is already enrolled in the free-lunch program which is federally-funded.

    So I take that back. Don't give them any ideas. All we need is for that idea to catch on and the Left will be hollering for federally-funded free lunch for everybody. Anything to grow government power and our national debt.
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    When a Child is at school they should be made to feel they are just like every other child.
    This reminds me of the debate on not being able to buy junk food with food stamps , For instance "You cant have a candy bar like the other kids because your daddy and mommy Are poor" that same thing the parents couldn't provide the money for the child's account so he has to eat less Just embarrassing For the children this happens to I praise the young man who made a difference
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    Last time I looked out tax dollars pages for the school's. It is good when an illegal citizen gets a full ride yet children of tax payers can't havea hot meal at lunch. Remember the ass clowns in charge of our school ssystem is the same bunch who either do not know how to balance a budget. Or just will not. Think about this when your children are going to schools controlled by the federal government
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    The kids should be fed, but, the hot lunch should be paid for. The parents have been given plenty of notice and should be held accountable.
    I feel bad for the kid. But the parents are responsible.
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    Better watch out kid, they fire bus drivers for this kind of radical behavior so you may get expelled or something!
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    Children should never be denied hot lunches, our breakfasts for that matter, just because they do not have the money in their accounts. It is not the kids' fault that their parents forgot or didn't have the money to put in their accounts! People's financial situations change in the middle of the school year. Parents need to be told they can still fill out that form for free or reduced price lunches at any time in the school year, That would prevent children going hungry. Either the children eat it or they throw it in the trash. Now which method offers food to students and keeps them from being hungry, thus affecting how well they learn, but still costs the school the same? I am very proud of this student! At 8 he had the wherewithal to do what adults should have already done. When my younger son was about the same age, he did something similar. He had plenty in his account, but a $10 in his wallet. When he stepped up, the kid in front of him was being turned away because he had no money in his account. My son said, "wait, how much would it take to let him have his lunch?" He was told $0.35 in 2001. He then asked how many lunches 10 dollars would buy. He was told enough to pay for every child with no money in their account who was eating lunch in the cafeteria at that time. He pulled out $10 and gave it to them. Even students who had already gone through the line were getting lunches taken to them and those without money in their accounts after him got lunch that day. When I came home, I gave him $20. He said no, this is the wrong amount. I didn't want you to give me any money. I told him that no son of mine was going to do the great thing he did and not be rewarded for it by me, and my other son a grade older asked me if I was able to break that $20. and I said yes. He had run to his room and gotten the only money he had at the time that he could touch. A 5 dollar bill. I held out 5 $1, a $5 and a $10. My son took my $5 and put it in my pocket and put his $5 in it's place to give to his brother. He expected nothing back and was happy that I had taken his $5. That night when I was tucking them into bed when I got to my older son I told him to check under his pillow, he pulled out a $10. He said no at first too. I asked if he wanted me to feel unhappy. He emphatically said no! He got up and put it in his desk drawer and gave me a big hug. My sons never expected money for good deeds. They did them because they wanted to. My sons did go to my dad about the money problem at school and told him about kids having to go without lunch. My dad went to the schools office to speak with the principal, vice-principal, and the Dean and hammered out a program where every student would always get a lunch. That was just like my dad. He passed awgay in 2009. After his death a few men took his place there. Kids have never gone without breakfasts and lunches since then. My dad was an extraordinary man! My son who gave his $10 passed away a bit over a year after this on Christmas Eve. The school lunch scholarship program my dad put together was named in memory of my son. I guess he made a big impact at school. They memorialized him in many more permanent ways! This student deserves to be rewarded for doing what he has done. He shouldn't have to die to get the recognition he deserves! This article is a good start!
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    Your son and your father were wonderful people to care so much about helping others. I am glad their kind deeds are being memorialized and that the fund they started still is helping people today.
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