Amanda Keown’s son had his lunch taken away from him by school officials because he had an outstanding balance of less than $5. The high school junior was embarrassed and Amanda didn’t want her son or any other student at Dowagiac Union High School to have to go through that again so she paid the outstanding balances of every single kid in the school. The total amount was less than $100.
“I realize I didn’t have to do that but I don’t want another kid going through what my son went through,” Amanda Keown told CNN affiliate WBND.
The principle explained that a private contractor runs the lunch program so there isn’t much flexibility with payments because the school is left with the bill if the students have unpaid balances.