A Florida high school student was denied her lunch on the first day of school because she was 15 cents short, and the student’s mother is speaking out to prevent this incident from happening to other students.
Kimberly Aiken, the mother of a sophomore student at University High School in Orange City, Fla., told Click Orlando that her daughter’s food tray was thrown out after the school cashier told her she was 15 cents short.
“She puts her food on the tray, gets to the front, gives her number to the cashier, and she says, ‘Well, you owe 15 cents,’” she said. “My daughter said she didn’t have any money, so the cashier took her food…it’s eat breakfast, lunch, so that they can make sure that they’re doing good on their work, but then you starve my child?”
Aiken also discussed that with the unfortunate things happening in schools across the country, the last thing a student should be concerned about is whether they’ve eaten.
Roger Edgcomb, a spokesman for Volusia County Public Schools, said that they’ve be dealing with the issue at hand.
“The school is always willing to work with students and families as needed,” he said. “The school will be contacting the family directly to help resolve this issue.”
The teenager brought a quarter to lunch the next day in order to resolve the problem.