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This School’s Lunch Money Policy is Angering A Lot of People

posted: 04/04/17
by: MIkayla Baiocchi

When a mom in Arizona welcomed her son home from school one day, she immediately got upset.

Tara Chavez saw the words "Lunch Money" stamped on his wrist which was an indication that the balance in his food account was running low. Without giving him any other options to notify his parents with, the cafeteria staff member just stamped his arm, according to the child.

"He was humiliated," Tara said, "[he] didn't even want me to take a picture of it."

She normally gets a notification slip in her son's folder when his account is low, said Chavez, so she was surprised to see this black stamp on his wrist.

"I think there's a better way to communicate the message than stamping a child with the words 'Lunch Money,'" Chavez said.

After seeing the stamp, she emailed the principal at Desert Cove Elementary School. The principal responded that the cafeteria staff member "doesn't want the student to be embarrassed either" and is supposed to ask him if he wants a stamp or a reminder slip, according to BuzzFeed.

Nonetheless, Chavez hopes the school recognizes the impact this practice had on her child.