An eastern Pennsylvania school is under fire after sending letters to parents demanding they pay their school lunch debt or risk having their children placed in foster care! The letter was posted on social media, in this case,a parent was informed that their child had a balance of $75.25 and if they didn’t pay the parents could be reported to Luzerne County Dependency Court.
The letter read, “Your child has been sent to school every day without money and without breakfast and/or lunch. This is a failure to provide your child with proper nutrition and you can be sent to Dependency Court for neglecting your child’s right to food.”
The letter was signed by Joseph Muth, director of federal programs for the Wyoming Valley West School District. According to WBRE, the district is trying to collect about $20,000 worth of lunch debt.
Luzerne County Manager David Pedri condemned the school district for using the foster care system as a scare tactic.
"Foster care is to be utilized only when absolutely needed — when a child has been abused, is in need or has suffered a tragedy," he said in a statement. "Our foster care system is NOT to be utilized to scare parents into paying school lunch bills."