Report: High school student fined $200 for taking second lunch

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HAWYARD, Wis. – A small circuit court brief stunned a community in Wisconsin after it stated a high school student was fined $200 for taking a second lunch in the cafeteria.

According to NNCNow, a 16-year-old boy was forced to pay $200.50 after taking a second serving of lunch on Dec. 14.

The Sawyer County Record reports the boy was not given permission to take a second lunch without paying and had been warned in the past.

“The student told the school resource officer that he receives one free lunch per day, but the one lunch was not enough and he is still hungry,” the brief, obtained by EAG, read. “The officer advised him that he understood, but instead of stealing a second lunch, he needs to speak with an administrator.”

The brief claims that criminal charges were sought by the head cook, but school administrators say that is not true.

Instead, Superintendent Craig Olson says disciplinary issues are handed to an administrator, adding that an investigation is opened and when necessary handed over to police, “and then police make decisions off statutes and what not.”

Olson wouldn’t say more on the case, simply saying that no student would go hungry.

He says there are unlimited salad bar options for students.

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