Detroit School Draws Criticism After Disciplining Students by Not Serving Lunch

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Lunch was not on the menu this week for some students at a Detroit school after a food fight led officials to what some called cruel and unusual discipline.

"How can you punish a child by not feeding them?" said Christine Houston, whose grandchildren attend Mary McLeod Bethune Elementary-Middle School near the west side. "What are we teaching them?"

According to a notice sent home to parents and signed Friday by the school's principal, Antoinette Pearson, "due to irresponsible behavior that has resulted in numerous food fights," students in grades six through eight would not be served lunch this week. The students were expected to bring their own.

That didn't sit well with parents such as Keitha Gomez, who was forced to leave her mail carrier job Monday and buy fast food for her daughter. The seventh-grader said other peers were given only crackers and milk.

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