A school district in Pennsylvania warned parents their children could wind up in foster care because of unpaid lunch bills. But the parents may be pushing back as a form of protest.
U.S. News reports the Wyoming Valley West School District mailed the threat to about a thousand parents in an effort to collect $20,000 total in unpaid lunch fees. Diane Gramley, president of American Family Association of Pennsylvania, believes it's a protest on the part of the parents.
"… The district itself underwrote free lunches for four elementary and middle schools during this past school year," Gramley explains. "And I'm just wondering if [the refusal to pay overdue bills for lunches] may be a protest by [the parents of] high school students … who did not get their lunches underwritten by the school district."
Gramley says the lawyer for the district, Charles Coslett, doesn't consider the letters to the parents to be threatening.
"[But] to me that's a threat; that's a direct threat – and I don't see how the school's attorney can interpret that any other way," she offers.
The controversy may soon cease because U.S. News reports the district will qualify for funding to provide free lunches to all students in the coming school year.