Reports: Lunches Seized From Utah Schoolkids Because Of Unpaid Bills

Source: Henry Austin / NBC News 

Dozens of children at a Utah school had their lunches seized and thrown away because they did not have enough money in their accounts, prompting an angry response from parents, it was reported.

“She took my lunch away and said, ‘Go get a milk,’” Sophia Isom, a fifth-grader at Salt Lake City’s Uintah Elementary School, told NBC affiliate “I came back and asked, ‘What’s going on?’ Then she handed me an orange. She said, ‘You don’t have any money in your account so you can’t get lunch.’”

Up to 40 kids suffered similar treatment, given fruit and milk as their lunches were thrown away, the station reported.

Isom’s mom Erica Lukes called the move “traumatic and humiliating” and told the Salt Lake Tribune she was all paid up.

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