Autistic Child Denied School Lunch

    Children at Wicklow Elementary in Sanford, Florida, get lunch at the cafeteria, October 14, 2011. Every weekday more than 200,000 hungry students in Central Florida public schools line up to get lunch for free or a few cents because their families cannot afford to feed them. In Osceola County the economy is so bad that seven out of every 10 students - 71% - are eligible for free or reduced price meals under the federally subsidized school lunch program. (George Skene/Orlando Sentinel/MCT)

    George Skene

    The parents of a 5-year-old autistic boy are outraged after his New Jersey elementary school refused to serve him lunch because his meal plan bill was a few days overdue. John Robert Caravella, a kindergartner enrolled in the special autism program at Cliffwood Elementary School, was sent home at the end of day Tuesday with a note from his teacher attached to his daily progress report: “John Robert was not able to get lunch today he ate his muffins. There is an issue with an outstanding bill.” The Caravellas admitted that their son’s $8 meal plan bill was overdue but said they’d been confused about the payment system. A spokesman for Cliffwood told reporters the issue was “an oversight.”

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