School Blasted Over Plan to Let Kids Go to Front of Lunch Line for a Fee


A Florida middle school says it's not moving forward with a plan to let students skip to the front of the lunch line for a fee, which drew opposition from parents. The parents of students at Lawton Chiles Middle Academy in Lakeland found out about the plan when they got a Parent-Teacher-Student Association sponsorship form that's sent out to raise money for the school that offered "last name or company logo feature on the website, as well as PTSA events AND front of the lunch line pass" for a $100 donation. Chris Stephenson, one parent who spoke out against the offer, told local station News Channel 8 how he thought it would affect the children and how they interact. He said, "It's like, 'I have money, I'm in the front of line now. All you poor kids get in the back of the line.'" He added, "Polk County has a very high rate of food insecurity when it comes to kids. With middle school already being a very contentious age, with hormones and everything else, the last thing you really want to do is add a food hierarchy on top of that." The PTSA blamed the offer on a "clerical error," saying that the idea had been explored, but they decided not to implement it and it shouldn't have been included on the form

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