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Michigan Mom Pays For All Unpaid School Lunches After Her Son Was Denied Lunch

A Michigan mom paid for all unpaid school lunches at her son’s high school after cafeteria workers took her child’s meal away because he owed $5 to Dowagiac Union High School. Dominic Gant, a junior, recalled being extremely embarrassed when a school employee took his lunch away in front on his entire class.

Amanda Keown, the Michigan mom who works two jobs to support her family, was outraged by what happened to her son. A Dowagiac Union High School cafeteria worker reportedly allowed Dominic to be served his lunch tray and then immediately took it out of his hands.

The Michigan school, like many across the country, has a policy in place to deny lunches to students who have unpaid lunch fees. “I was appalled that he was denied lunch and his lunch was taken out of his hands over $5,” Keown said.

After Dominic came home from school hungry and told his mom what happened, she called Dowagiac Union High School to address the issue. Amanda Keown said this is what a Michigan school staffer said during the phone conversation, “She asked me where is the cutoff, where do you draw the line with the charges, when do you say no more? And I said there shouldn’t be a line.”

The Michigan mom was determined not to see another student go hungry, so she paid off every student’s lunch charges in the entire high school. “I realize I didn’t have to do that but I don’t want another kid going through what my son went through,” Amanda told local KTLA 5 News.

Keown did not realize that her son’s lunch account was in the negative. Dominic reportedly offered to pay $2 of the $2.45 lunch tray price with the money he had in his pocket and pay the remainder the following day, but the Michigan cafeteria work said no and threw his food in the trash. “I was very angry to the point that I was sick to my stomach,” his mother told Yahoo Shine. Her son’s name was added to a list of delinquent lunch bill students posted in the school cafeteria.

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