Legislators Seek to Ban "Lunch Shaming"


Lunch shaming is when schools publicly embarrass students who can't afford lunch or don't have lunch money or run out of money in their lunch accounts by providing different meal or making them wear wristbands or do extra chores.

Some lawmakers in Washington want to ban it across the nation.

"Don't single out these kids and give them a lunch that is inferior to send a message that they are somehow different. This was the fault of their parents for not settling up their lunch debt, and really it got pushed off on the children and stigmatized them in a way that made it harder for them to learn," Sen. Martin Heinrich, (d) New Mexico

Under the new bill schools will have more flexibility to talk directly with parents of students with an unpaid lunch balance.


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