Sound Off for December 23rd: Was lunch lady right giving hungry student free meal?
Pocatello, Idaho– — A school lunch lady in Pocatello, Idaho she is out of a job for giving a free meal to a child.
Dalene Bowden says she gave the meal to a middle school student who said she didn’t have any money. “My heart hurts. I truly loved my job, and I can’t say that I wouldn’t do it again,” says Bowden.
Last Tuesday, Bowden was working as a server at Irving Middle School when a 12-year-old girl told her she didn’t have any lunch money and was hungry.
Bowden’s supervisor saw what happened and reported her. Dalene Bowden, “He said I was on permanent leave, until he called me. I should not call them. He will call me. And they never called me. I got the letter.”
Signed and written by School District 25 Human Resources Department.
In that letter, Bowden was terminated for “theft.”
Bowden has hired an attorney and an online petition in her favor is growing.
The school district has not responded to media requests.
Did Bowden do the right thing?
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