Kids can skip lunch lines for $100; parents outraged

Ebony Scott
August 13, 2017

Parents often have to sign a lot of forms at the beginning of school year, but one of the forms caught some parents off guard.

"The Lawton Chiles Middle academy PTSA is a group of volunteers including Parents, Teachers, Students and Administrators".

Parents in Lakeland, Florida, are outraged after a school sent home a fundraising letter included in its orientation packet that said for a donation of $100 students would receive a front of the line pass and be able to skip to the front of the line.

For $50 a family or business could get their name on the school website, and for $100 they could get their child a pass that would let them cut to the front of the line in the cafeteria.

The form asked for sponsors for certain dollar amounts, with the money going to help the school. Many upset parents reached out to the school's principal.

Stephenson, who shared the form to Facebook, also spoke to News Channel 8 about the incident, saying, "It's like, 'I have money, I'm in the front of line now".

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"You got those who can pay, and those who cannot", said Christ Stephenson, the father of a student at the academy. "With middle school already being a very contentious age, with hormones and everything else, the last thing you really want to do is add a food hierarchy on top of that". Principal Brian Andrews sent out an email to parents on the first day of school.

"Nobody is a second-class citizen here, and I would encourage anybody to speak to parents that have been here", Andrews said. It says, "Please disregard this form as it was not approved prior to distribution". "Sometimes people make mistakes. We just want to get it right, move forward, and apologize".

Following the incident, a statement from PTSA addressed the situation and attributed it to a "clerical error", according to WXYZ. In a statement to NBC News affiliate WFLA, PTSA President Jil Bevis said the organization is constantly looking for "new and innovative" fundraising ideas and admitted the lunch line perk was floated around, but they chose to not move forward with it.

"There was much brainstorming among the group to find ways to generate funds", Andrews told Fox News. We offer a variety of fundraising options for our students and families to choose from each year.

'Due to a clerical error, the form was inadvertently included in the Orientation packets.

Some were outraged that students would get special privileges if their family could afford them. "Our families have been notified this programme is not being offered", it said.

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