|Uintah Elementary School in Salt Lake City, where|
the lunchroom bully is apparently the school's
so-called nutrition manager.
I bestow this "honor" on Uintah because some food service managers there who were pissed off because some parents were behind on their kids' lunch payments, snatched the lunch trays away from the kids whose parents who hadn't paid, and threw them in the trash, according to the Salt Lake Tribune.
This of course happened in front of the students' classmates, so the food managers bullied the kids, set the Worst. Possible. Example., wasted food, and are basically evil people.
I can't believe so far nobody has been brought up on child abuse charges over this. Nobody has been fired yet, either, which is amazing, though I'm sure that will happen. At least I hope so. A lot of heads need to roll here.
At first, the school offered a pretty weak apology.
"If students were humilated and upset...that's very unfortunate and not what we wanted to happen," said school district spokesman Jaosn Olsen said, according to the Salt Lake Tribune.
Oh, come on! That's EXACTLY what whoever was responsible for this wanted to happen! The idiots, who put new meaning into the word "vindictive" WANTED to humiliate the kids, it seems to me, because they wanted to take it out on somebody. They couldn't reach the parents to humiliate them, so let's pick on the kids!
So I guess there's school sanctioned bullying and child abuse. It does make me wonder if the idiots in charge of Uintah Elementary School let bullying go on unimpeded.
Another sad thing there are probably a number of educators and food workers and administrators at Uintah Elementary School who have the students' best interests at heart. The Tribune article noted some employees in the school cafeteria wept when they saw what was going on, but were powerless to do anything about it.
By bullying these kids over really what was a pittance in lunch money, the people who did this surely demoralized the educators who do give a damn about the kids and want them to thrive. So those good educators are probably less effective now.
Way to create an environment where kids learn!
Since then, after the initially weak "apology" and no doubt because there was a huge, building and understandably torrentially angry outcry among parents, the school put out a Facebook message.
The Facebook message said in part:
"We understand the feelings of upset parents and students who say this was an embarrassing and humiliating situation. We again apologize and commit to working with parents in rectifying this situation to ensuring students are never treated in this manner again."
Notice the careful language here, avoiding responsibility. It refers to upset parents and students who say this was an embarrassing situation. The word say suggests an attitude of "Well, they SAY they were embarrassed but they're just trying to draw attention to themselves."
The rest of the Facebook post is full of excuses. Well, we tried to get ahold of the parents, we did give the affected students some fruit and milk, yada yada yada.
The school did concede this should have been handled in a different manner.
What in the world was the school trying to gain? They weren't recouping any money from parents who didn't pay because they threw the food out. The school said they threw the food out because it couldn't be served to other kids who did pay once it was placed on a tray.
THEN LET THE DAMN KID EAT HIS FOOD AND DEAL WITH HIS OR HER PARENTS LATER!!!! I can't believe anybody is that stupid so as to just throw their food away.
Of course, they're not that stupid As I said, somebody in that school really wanted to humiliate those kids. Certainly not the majority of people who work there, but one or two people. It only takes one bully to really make a mess of things.
Now this story has gone viral, and the decent people of the world are sending terribly angry messages to the school from all over the world. You should read the comments on their non apology apology Facebook post!
Feel free to go there and post your own thoughts. (Though please, no threats or ugly language please.)