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School Workers Throw Students Lunch Away Because She Owed Money

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By Paul Johnson

Spokane, Washington (CNN) - In Washington State, a mom is outraged after cafeteria workers took her daughter's lunch away... Because she owed the school money!
Tesia Owens says her 12-year-old daughter Kaitlin came home complaining of a stomach ache because she was so hungry.
It's school policy to withhold lunches from students who owe money on their accounts.
But cafeteria workers can't tell who owes money until after a student is served.
Kaitlin says she owed about three dollars.
And to make matters worse, she says it all happened right in front of her friends.
Officials at the school say students are given several warnings when they have negative accounts.
They say the school is trying to catch up on debt now that it's the end of the school year.
A spokesman for the school district said the policy of taking lunches away only applies at middle and high schools... Elementary schools have back-up lunches for students.


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