A new policy in an Eastern Idaho school district that cracks down on kids who can't pay for lunch left a few children with empty stomachs this week, according to KIDK-TV.
School District No. 25 in Pocatello instituted a new policy over the summer that doesn't allow students to grab a lunch if their account is overdrawn by more than $11. And school officials insisted that no child would go hungry.
But KIDK-TV reports
"some parents in Pocatello got a surprise the first day of school when their kids came home and told them they couldn't get lunch."
"They gave me this little plastic thing, made me go to the office and they gave me a paper," a student told KIDK-TV. "They said, 'You can't eat until you fill this out.' So I brought it home and filled it out."
It turns out that the child is also a type 2 diabetic and needs to take his medication with food.
The student's mother told KIDK that her son had been eligible for the free lunch program for the past five years.
"So it's never been an issue," said Annette Linford. "They usually give you a week after school starts so you can get the paper and fill it out."
When contacted by KIDK, school officials agreed that the incident shouldn't have happened. Meanwhile, school officials said they'll also give a smaller snack to those kids who have been denied a full lunch.
"We don't want anybody to be embarrassed by this," said district spokesperson Shelley Allen. "But we have to draw the line."
But the diabetic student told KIDK that he was never told about the possibility of getting a snack and instead was sent home hungry.