School Denies Lunch to Students

By: Assocaited Press
By: Assocaited Press
Side salads await the students of Eastside Elementary School in Clinton, Miss., Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2012.   (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Side salads await the students of Eastside Elementary School in Clinton, Miss., Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2012. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

School officials say as many as 25 students at a Massachusetts school were denied lunch this week because they either could not pay or their pre-paid accounts did not contain enough money.

Outraged parents say some students at Coelho Middle School in Attleboro cried when they were told by a worker they could not eat on Tuesday.

Superintendent Pia Durkin tells The Sun Chronicle that a worker for the contractor that provides lunch service at city schools has been suspended. She has also scheduled a meeting with officials at the company, Whitson's.

Meanwhile, workers have been told not to deny any child a meal.

Holly Von Seggern, vice president for marketing and community relations for Whitson's, says the company apologizes and is investigating.
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