Kids humiliated: School takes away lunches, throws them in trash

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SALT LAKE CITY – A few dozen students at Salt Lake City, Utah’s Uintah Elementary School went without lunch Tuesday after they were told they did not have enough money in their school accounts.

Salt Lake City School District officials say the trays were taken away at Uintah Elementary School Tuesday because some students had negative balances in the accounts used to pay for lunches.

“We were all blind-sided,” said Erica Lukes, a parent who said her account was paid.

When students went through the lunch line with trays in hand, many did not make it past the pay station.

The district confirmed 30 to 40 had their trays taken away because they couldn’t pay. They were given fruit and a milk instead.

The district apologized Wednesday and said admit the situation should have been handled differently.