A mum in the states has been left outraged after her son was stamped with a note saying 'LUNCH MONEY' by a teacher at his school, as he had run out of funds in his lunch money account.
The mother called the whole thing 'humiliating' for her son and wanted some answers from the school.
“My kid’s really weird about stuff like that, so I asked if he was given a choice by the lunch lady and he said, ‘No, she just grabbed my wrist and put the stamp on.’”
“I was surprised,” she added. “Normally I get a slip in his folder when he needs more money.”
She then said her son told her that he was given a lunch despite the stamp, and that when she checked his account online, there was still 75 cents remaining in it.
“He was screaming and crying the entire time,” she said. “He was humiliated, didn’t even want me to take a picture of it.”
When she emailed the school for an explanation, this was their reply...
"[The staff member in the cafeteria] doesn't want the students to be embarrassed either, so she is supposed to ask them if they want a stamp or a reminder slip," the principal wrote.
The principal added that she would discuss the incident with the staff member on Friday.
“I think there’s a better way to communicate the message than stamping a child with the word ‘Lunch Money,’” the mum said. “There’s a billion other ways you could do it that would be better than that.”
It is not known at this stage if the school has made any formal kind of apology.