To the Editor: Tontogany parent upset with school
Written by Nicole Jackson   
Wednesday, 13 February 2013 10:31
On two separate occasions, my sons were denied lunch at school when they have had cash in hand to pay for it.
I called the superintendent and told him my son will not receive any disciplinary action for leaving school because for the second time he has been subjected to cruel and unusual treatment that will not be tolerated. We checked the school policy book, and there is nothing in there about a required time, other than your actual lunch time to pay for your lunch. Where is it in this state or country okay to deny a child lunch for any reason? Money, or not?
When contacting the county prosecutor's office we received no response as of 1/28/13.  I called another county's prosecutor's office and was advised that if unhappy with procedures to remove the student from public education if I cannot get any recourse through school officials, and informed me it's not a criminal act to deprive a child lunch. However, as a parent if I refuse to feed my child, I would get children protective services called on me.
When I raised my concern the school informed me they are suspending my child for the inappropriate use of language when the cashier refused to accept his money and ordered him to the back of the line as accepting his money at that time -  that did not require change, would slow down the line.
Also, whenever he has a concern at the school and tries to address it appropriately, he is told to shut up, quit whining, and go back to class, with no further recourse or solution to the issue which eventually leads to the inappropriate use of language as a last attempt to have his voice heard, and is followed by a result of being suspended. The school is always right, no matter how wrong they are, and parents and students are always wrong, no matter how right they are. As a result, we are in the process of unenrolling them from the public school and entering them into a homeschooling program - for a second, and final time.
Nicole Jackson

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