Mom outraged after special needs student served lunch from trash

PLEASANT GROVE, Utah (KSTU) – A mother in Utah is furious after she says her daughter was fed lunch out of a trash can.

Sierra Prince is a special needs student at Pleasant Grove Junior High School.

Wednesday was her second day at school and she already wasn’t looking forward to her third day.

“I don’t even know if I want to go to school tomorrow at all,” Prince said.

According to KSTU, when Prince asked for a piece of pizza for lunch on Wednesday, she was told there was none left.

After insisting she wanted pizza, a kitchen employee pulled out what was left from the top of a trash can.

“I didn’t really like the taste of it at all,” Prince said. “It was nasty.”

A diabetic with learning disabilities, Prince says she felt she had to listen to her school appointed aid and the staff.

“I didn’t want to eat it, but I was dosed for pizza anyway because I’m diabetic. So, I had to eat it,” she said.

The decision by the school isn’t sitting well with Prince’s mother, who learned about the incident when her daughter came home from school.

“How could that happen to a child? What adult makes that decision? It’s common sense, we don’t eat out of trash cans,” said Nicole Cordoba.

After Cordoba complained to the school district, the district’s nutrition services director sent an email to school employee.

In part, it read, “This was totally unacceptable. Your employee needs a reprimand and a discipline warning issued immediately. We never serve food that has been placed in a garbage can.”

A lunch manager has been placed on administrative leave and the district continues to investigate the incident.

“Sierra can’t make her own decisions on what she eats,” Cordoba said. “That’s why they hired the helper. Not only one person made the decision for Sierra to eat out of the trash, three adults did.”

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