As a concerned parent of one of the seventh-grade students who protested the lunches at the middle school, I feel there was a lot left out of the story.
The children were more upset over the fact that they ran totally out of food on several occasions, than the choice of foods. One of those times they were given fruit cocktail and a cookie and charged full price on their lunch ticket.
The day the kids decided to protest, they had run out of all food and about 35 kids got nothing to eat.
The kids need lunch so they can concentrate the rest of the day.
It has also come to my attention that this has happened in the past and nothing has been done about it.
The sandwiches they serve are made in advance. The peanut butter and jelly are still frozen when they are served. Frozen and soggy sandwiches are not a good lunch.
All the kids want is a warm, appetizing lunch, they did not ask for only fried and fatty foods.
The article in the paper made it sound like the kids were at fault, wanting foods that are not good for them, instead of not getting any food at all. That fact was never mentioned in the article.
The day after they got no lunch at all, six students protested to Mr. Larby and the head of the lunch services. They were pulled into a meeting that ran into lunch time. After the meeting was over, they went to get lunch and were told by cafeteria workers that they had already put the food away so they could not have lunch again.
After they were turned away from the cafeteria, they went to the principal to see if he could help. He told them they chose to protest so they did not get lunch.
That was two consecutive days they went without eating.
I feel this matter needs to be looked into deeper, so a solution can be made to where the kids do not go without eating.
Tami Kincanon, Payson
Editor's note: Both Frank Larby, Rim Country Middle School principal, and Dan Bowditch, food service supervisor, say that the school cafeteria never ran out of food. None of the students interviewed mentioned that either, only that they had to eat egg salad sandwiches when the cafeteria ran out of the more popular entree -- macaroni and cheese. Bowditch, however, said even that shouldn't have happened and promised to find out why it did.