Superintendent Pia Durkin on Wednesday said that the on-site director had been placed on administrative leave and Whitson’s had been instructed not to deny lunch to any student in the future.
“There is no way any child in my school district will ever go hungry,” Durkin insisted. “Children need to eat.”
A school policy requires that the cafeteria provide a cheese sandwich and milk to any student who cannot pay for regular meals.
“I’m pissed that when there are people in prison who are getting meals, my daughter, an honor student, is going hungry,” parent John Greaves told the paper, adding that he would have brought lunch money to the school if he had been notified.
In a statement provided to WFXT, Whitson’s apologized for the incident.