Autistic Child Denied School Lunch

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.”