The mother of a kindergarten pupil who has autism said he was denied lunch at his school in New Jersey. She is outraged because the boy wasn't offered the $2.30 meal because of a billing issue.
Silvia and John Caravella told Fox 5 that they got a note from Cliffwood Elementary School in New Jersey on Tuesday saying that her 5-year-old son, John Robert, did not get lunch because of the payment problem.
The family admits they forgot to pay for the first few days of lunch, but they say the school shouldn't have withheld lunch for John Robert. They say a simple call could have solved the problem.
The school does outline payment plans for school lunches on its website and says students owing money will be given reminders but it doesn't say anything about not being given meals.
The Caravellas say they are now all paid up on their lunch plan.
The superintendent of the school district said that the boy did have a snack and a juice that day, but did say that this "is not a practice of this district to deny any child of eating. It's an unfortunate oversight that since has been addressed."
The superintendent said this was an isolated incident and that he apologized to the parents.