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

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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