Pa. school supt. says “lunch shaming” didn’t happen

The worker said she had to throw A lunch away because of the school's policy

Stacy Koltiska quit her job as lunch lade after she says the school "lunch shames" students in the Cannon-McMillan school district.
Courtesy: KDKA

CANONSBURG, Pa. (WKBN) – A school superintendent near Pittsburgh has an issue with a former lunch lady who accused the school of “lunch shaming.”

The term has been coined to describe the scenario when schools deny a hot lunch to students whose parents have overdrawn accounts. Instead they are given a cold alternative such as a cheese or peanut butter and jelly sandwich.

Stacy Koltiska says she resigned from the Canon-McMillan schools in Canonsburg after a boy started to cry for being singled out and his hot lunch was taken away.

The worker said she had to throw the lunch away because of the school’s policy. Superintendent Michael Danials says that’s not what happened.

“There were no tears. There was no food thrown away and that’s the big deal. You know, certainly I would never stand by knowing that we humiliated or embarrassed a child. That is not okay. That did not happen,” Danials said.

The superintendent says the school board plans to hold a public meeting to discuss the policy and possible changes.

Koltiska, the former worker whose story about lunch shaming went viral, hasn’t responded to Danials’ accusations.

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