For $100, kids at a Florida middle school can skip lunch line

Florida school offers front of the lunch line passes for $100

Florida School Proposes Letting Rich Kids Cut to the Front of the Lunch Line & Outrage Ensues

The Parent Teacher Student Association took the blame for the letter, saying that it was a "clerical error" and that no such program will be implemented this school year.

Andrews sent an email to parents making it clear that no such pass would be offered at the school.

A Florida middle school has come under fire after a fundraising form was sent out to parents stating that for a $100 donation a student would be granted a "front of the lunch line pass".

Attending middle school is rough enough so when Stephenson saw the form in his 6th grader's orientation packet, he went red. "You got those who can pay and those who cannot", Chris Stephenson, father of one of the students.

The school's principal, Brian Andrews, said he was not aware of the letter, and that he strives to include every child.

A letter, included with Lawton Chiles Middle Academy's orientation packet, went home but Polk County Schools says it was a mistake.

"'Hey, my dad has more money than you, I get to eat first".

The document was accidentally placed in orientation packets, and the principal never signed off for it, the PTSA said.

We doubt the front-of-the-lunch-line-pass incentive was created maliciously, but the possible harm it could impose on the children attending LCMA completely negates the original intent.

The principal told Tampa-based WFTS that he never saw the form and would have never included it in the packet.

'With middle school already being a very contentious age, with hormones and everything else, the last thing you really want to do is add a food hierarchy on top of that, ' Stephenson told WFLA. "I do not approve of any donation that is tied to any student advantage or privilege on campus". We offer a variety of fundraising options for our students and families to choose from each year.

The PTSA says the letter ended up in the hands of hundreds of students "due to a clerical error"-saying, "This Family and Business Sponsorship program was explored, but we decided not to implement it".

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