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Mother: Daughter with special needs served pizza from trash for lunch

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A Utah mother is outraged after she says her daughter was fed lunch out of a trash can at her school.

“How could that happen to a child? What adult makes that decision? It’s common sense: We don’t eat out of trash cans,” mom Nicole Cordoba told our sister station KTSU.

Cordoba’s daughter Sierra Prince is a special needs student in eighth grade at Pleasant Grove Junior High School.

She says when she asked for a piece of pizza for lunch on Wednesday afternoon, she was told there was none left. However, after insisting she wanted pizza, a second kitchen employee pulled out what was left from the top of a trash can.

A diabetic with learning disabilities, Prince explained she felt she had to listen to her school appointed aid and the staff.

“I didn’t want to eat it, but I was dosed for pizza anyway because I’m diabetic. So, I had to eat it,” Prince told KTSU.

KTSU reported that a letter was later sent from the school district to the school.

In part, the director said, “This was totally unacceptable. Your employee needs a reprimand and a discipline warning issued immediately. We never serve food that has been placed in a garbage can.”

It was reported that the lunch manager was placed on administrative leave and the incident is being investigated.

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10 comments

  • Jill

    As a special ed. teacher, I’m not surprised. I’ve seen that students even with slight disabilities are treated as burdens of society.

  • k cush

    How is a diabetic child dosed for pizza? Isn’t there a lot of carbohydrate that quickly turns to sugar in pizza? Is that a healthy diabetic choice?

    • emily

      A lot of diabetic kids will ramp their pumps up when they are going to eat something that will cause a sugar spike. One of the girls on my gs troop will do this before smores.

  • Pat

    The person who fed this student food from a trash can should be fired and it put in her personal work record regarding her lack of proffecianalism and concern of food born illnesses. She should never have a job where she works with food and food service again. A person can die from food poisoning from eating food left out too long or from a trash can. Disgraceful behavior.

  • Pat

    The person who fed this student food from a trash can should be fired and the incident recorded in her personal work record regarding her lack of proffecianalism and concern of food born illnesses. She should never have a job where she works with food and food service again. A person can die from food poisoning from eating food left out too long or from a trash can. Disgraceful behavior.