Shame On The Shamers
Governmental disdain for the poor is more pronounced these days than ever before. The most recent and egregious example is “lunch shaming.” This is a widespread practice of shaming school children whose parents are unable to pay for their school lunches. In Utah, an elementary school threw away the lunches of about 40 students with unpaid food bills. In Pennsylvania, lunch was taken away from a child. In Alabama, a child’s arm was stamped with the words, “I Need Lunch Money.” Nearly one-half of this country’s school districts use some form of “lunch shaming.” Even more alarming, about 45 percent of those districts withheld hot meals, replacing each with a slice of cheese wedged between to pieces of white bread. Another 3 percent denied poor school children food entirely.
Nelson Mandela once said, “There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than the way in which it treats its children.” Can America’s soul sink any lower? Shame on the school districts that allow this practice. Shame on us if we fail to speak up to stop it.