Saturday, November 9, 2013

Strictly From Hunger


School Throws Out Student’s Breakfast For Being 30 Cents Short

By Bryce Covert on November 8, 2013 at 11:15 am

Barber Middle School in Dickinson, Texas threw out a student’s breakfast because his account was short 30 cents, according to ABC affiliate KTRK.

TANSTAAFL School District
The student receives reduced priced meals, but they are paid for by an account that his mother, Jennifer Castilleja, puts money into. While the school gives warnings when accounts are low, his family must have forgotten to replenish it, but rather than letting her pay it later in the day, Castilleja says the school told her the money would have to come before her son could get breakfast. The cafeteria threw his lunch in the trash. ”There were kids all around him,” his mother said. “I think he may have been a little embarrassed and [upset] and, of course, hungry.”

(Bolds mine. - SB)

Some days I'm not sure whether I'm more ashamed to be a Texan or more ashamed just to be human. These people make me ashamed of both.


  1. I can't believe they would do this to a child. If you don't like children don't work in a school. This is a problem of humanity, not Texas. Humans just shouldn't do things like this.

    1. Bryan, I grew up with a father who always gave a tramp on the street a buck, because just maybe he really WAS hungry, and really DID need that dollar. If this had happened in my father's school, and he were on cafeteria duty at the time, I know he would have reached in his pocket for a quarter and a nickel. Maybe the difference is that my dad, both as a child and even as a college student, experienced hunger quite a few times himself, and later in his life, he wasn't willing to witness hunger if he could do anything about it.

    2. The article also points out that many school districts give free breakfast and/or lunch to any kid, regardless of demonstrable need. To no one's surprise (except Republicans, of course), studies have shown that those districts have consistently better academic performance. It's a very small price to pay for genuinely smarter kids.

    3. And I bet every single one of these people claim to be followers of Jesus. Of course, that's not the Jesus in the Bible who, like, actually fed people, but these "Christians" in Texas don't seem to follow that Bible Jesus dude. They're followers of Republican Jesus, a much more manly Jesus who likes to kick people when they're down and gets a woody at the sight of a hungry child.

    4. 'Tux... Supply-Side Jesus? the guy always wearing a modern business suit? Yeah, I know the guy. Unfortunately!

  2. Little known fact: Jesus always asked to see photo ID and proof of employment before he doled out charity.



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