Was a lunch taken from a child at a school and thrown in the garbage?

CREATED Feb 3, 2014

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Food frustration!  A Southwest Florida man turning to Four In Your Corner after he says cafeteria workers threw away his grand daughters lunch when she didn't have enough money to pay for it, and he wants to know why? Four In Your Corner's Dave Culbreth taking her concerns to the principal and getting answers tonight.

Twenty cents. That's what he says the account had in it causing a cafeteria worker to snatch the meal tray away from her. But it's a mystery because the principal said he looked into it this morning and couldn't find anyone who saw, knew, or even heard about this happening.

"Just to have food thrown in the garbage because someone's short twenty cents is ridiculous," exclaimed Bill Shrout, whose grand daughter is an 8th grader at Veterans Academy for the Arts in Lehigh Acres. He says it happened a week ago, "she was going through the line to pay. She was twenty cents short so the person at the end of the line took the meal from her hand, threw it in the garbage, and then gave her a cold cheese sandwich," said Shrout. He came to FOX4 wanting to know if this was a policy at the school. FOX4 took his concerns to the principal, Kenneth Savage, who says this is the first time he and his staff have heard about this happening.

Savage told FOX4, "we did not get any reports from any student or anyone else that someone on the cafeteria staff took a lunch away from a child". He went on to say, in part, "my main concern is that we didn't receive any report of this from anyone and that it seems like some other students would have seen this happen and reported it".

He also said the child is a good student, a wonderful kid, and that they've never had any trouble whatsoever from her. He also tells FOX4 he will be looking into this more first thing in the morning. In the meantime, Shrout says he will be more aware about the money in his grand daughter's account. "I didn't realize that she only had twenty cents in the account," Shrout added. "But also I come to find out that I could go online and check which I will do now on a regular basis to make sure it doesn't happen again to her"

In all fairness, FOX4 just talked to the principal about an hour before our newscast aired Monday night. He also told me their policy when students don't have enough money in their account is to let them "charge it", if you will, so that they can still get a hot lunch. Savage also said that the grandfather never left the child's name so he didn't know who it is until FOX4 told him.

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