Thursday April 4, 2013

ATTLEBORO (AP) -- School officials say as many as 25 students at an Attleboro school were denied lunch or told to throw out their food this week because they either could not pay or their pre-paid accounts did not contain enough money.

Outraged parents say some students at Coelho Middle School cried when they were told by a worker they could not eat on Tuesday.

Superintendent Pia Durkin tells The Sun Chronicle that a worker for the contractor that provides lunch service at city schools has been suspended. She has also scheduled a meeting with officials at the company, Whitsons.

Meanwhile, workers have been told not to deny any child a meal.

Holly Von Seggern, vice president for marketing and community relations for Whitson's, says the company apologizes and is investigating.

Information from: The (Attleboro) Sun Chronicle,