While I sometimes wax poetic about my wonder years, I’m thankful I don’t have to be subjected to the looney tunes that is today’s American school system. Whether it’s a bathroom issue, safe spaces or having an officer speak to you about saying the word “brownie,” I would have a seriously tough time.
I can’t imagine America’s kids being well adjusted with all the crap they have to deal with today. It’s emotionally jarring for adults! If there is one things kids might look forward to, it’s break time and lunch.
If they’re lucky, they might bring a lunch from home. Although, home made lunches aren’t the norm these days. So, they rely on the school cafeteria to give them sustenance and comfort food.
Yet, Michelle Obama’s lunch rules made sure that was taken away too. But, some cafeteria workers still try to brighten their days with a meal. That’s if a student’s name isn’t on a specific list.
For students at the Canon-McMillan school district in Pennsylvania, lunchtime now produces anxiety. According to school policy, any student whose parents owe $25 or more in lunch money will not qualify for a hot lunch. Instead, they will receive a cold sandwich.
Personally, I don’t mind eating a cold sandwich. I’m sure some of the students don’t mind either. It’s just the stigma attached to the sandwich. Everyone knows why you have it; that’s where the problems begin.
Cafeteria worker, Stacy Koltiska, came across one of these students on the list. She knows what it’s like to feel rejected. So, she gave him chicken. Unfortunately, she was told to take it back. The boy naturally started to cry.
The school insists that it’s not in the business of shaming students, but wants to collect on past due invoices. Koltiska would rather save the children from humiliation.
As a result, she felt the only thing she could do was quit her job. Koltiska couldn’t handle how the policy was affecting the children she loved so much.
How do you think schools should tackle this issue?