Mom Furious With School After Son Comes Home With Embarrassing Mark On His Arm
Kristin Danley 5/15/2017
School can be tough enough for kids without the adults employed there adding to any bullying or embarrassment a student might be succumbed to.
Such was the case for a second grade student from Desert Cove Elementary in Phoenix, Arizona, which is now facing its own form of public humiliation for what a lunch lady there did to a little boy.
Many schools have online lunch account systems where parents can check their students' balances and even sign up to receive email alerts if their students' accounts are low or overdue.
But when Tara Chavez picked her son up after school one day, she was furious to see what a school employee had done to him. Not only that, but it has outraged a lot of other parents, too.
Because her son's lunch account was low, a lunchroom employee actually stamped the words "Lunch Money" on his arm. Tara didn't receive a note alerting her to the low balance, which is what has usually happened.
Instead, her son was incredibly embarrassed.
"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. Normally I get a slip in his folder when he needs more money."
Tara reached out to the principal at Desert Cove Elementary, Stacey Orest, who told her that lunchroom employees are to ask the students if they would like a stamp or a reminder slip.
Mom said it really shouldn't be up to the students who are sometimes too young to realize the repercussions of having a stamp like that on them for the rest of the school day.
"He was screaming and crying the entire time. He was humiliated, didn't even want me to take a picture of it."
Tara's friend Juan Fortenberry took to Twitter and the response has been incredible. Some people argued that she should've known how much money was in her son's account and he wouldn't have needed to be stamped. Others likened the experience to branding cattle or to the Nazi regime.
People pointed out that there are much better and less humiliating ways to remind students and their parents that lunch account funds are low. This would not be an acceptable manner.
Can you believe the school's policy allows this? How would you feel if this were your child - let us know in the comments section!
Sources: Good Housekeeping, Twitter/Juan Fortenberry FB Image Credit: Twitter/Juan Fortenberry, YouTube/Elementary Lunch Line Instructions