Mother pays off every student’s overdue lunch bill after son denied food

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DOWAGIAC, Mich. – A Michigan mother decided to give students at her son’s high school a Mother’s Day gift of sorts.

Amanda Keown’s son says school officials took his lunch away because he owed less than $5 on his school account.

Dominic Gant said, “It was really embarrassing, especially in front of the whole lunch room.”

She says the school told her that students who owe don’t get lunch, no matter how much they are behind.

That’s when she decided to pay the accounts of every student in the school.

Keown said, “I realize I didn’t have to do that but I don’t want another kid going through what my son went through.”

The total to pay off all of the students’ outstanding balances ended up being just under $100.

A short time later, the principal of Dowagiac Union High School said Dominic should not have been sent home hungry.

Instead, he said Dominic should have been able to ask for permission to charge another day.