6-Year-Old Girl Forced To Do The ‘Walk Of Shame’ Because She Was $2.25 Short For Lunch At School
As school districts across the country grapple with an abundance of overdrawn lunch accounts, the issue of lunch shaming has been brought to the forefront.
The latest incident happened in Indiana when kindergartner Anya Howard was forced to walk shamefully to the back of the line when she was informed that she only had one dime left in her lunch account. According to Boston 25 news, Anya was forced to give back her tray of hot food because she did not have the funds to cover the $2.25 lunch.
The 6-year-old later said that it was incredibly embarrassing to be forced to do the walk of shame to the end of the line in order to receive a standard peanut butter and jelly sandwich. “They were laughing at us,” Anya said to Boston 25 news as she and another student had to return their lunch.
Now Anya's grandfather, Dwight Howard, is speaking out about the issue. As a former teacher, Dwight said that the district had failed to notify the family that Anya's lunch account was low.
"When she was talking to me about it, she was more than 'sad,'" He told News 8, "I mean, that's embarrassing for a little 6-year-old.”
Kent DeKoninck, Greenwood Community Schools superintendent, stood by the school's decision to deny Anya a hot lunch. He said that this is standard procedure for a sandwich to be offered to the students with no money in their accounts.
Dwight said that the incident was not handled with discretion and that Anya was humiliated in front of her peers when she was forced to walk to the end of the line.
What do you think? Is this the correct way to handle lunch accounts that do not have the money to cover a meal? Be sure to weigh in on your opinion after you have watched this video and spread it to everyone that you know.