Wyoming Valley School District Accused Of “Lunch Shaming”
According to CNN, a school district in Pennsylvania sent out hundreds of letters this week telling parents who had lunch debt to pay or their children could go into foster care.
“Your child has been sent to school every day without money and without a breakfast and/or lunch..If you are taken to Dependency court, the result may be your child being removed from your home and placed in foster care.”
After complaints, district officials announced they plan to send out a less threatening letter next week. School district officials say they plan to pursue other legal avenues to get the lunch money, such as filing a district court complaint or placing liens on properties.
The letter also got negative reactions from local child services leaders.
“We exist to protect and preserve families. The only time a child is taken out is when they cannot be maintained safely in their home,” she said. “Our agency has helped many children and families with paying rent and buying clothes. We know children do better when they’re with their families.”