(NBCPHILADELPHIA) — The mother of a fifth grader at the Jersey Shore says her son has had his school lunch taken from him and thrown away by school staff — just like a similar case in Utah that made national headlines.
“This to me is a form of bullying,” said Amy Ross. Her 10-year-old son Jake attends Smithville Elementary School in Galloway Township, N.J.
As recently as this month, Jake, who has Asperger’s syndrome, a form of Autism, has had his hot lunch tossed aside by staff because of an unpaid balance on his lunch account, Ross told NBC10’s Ted Greenberg. The mother said the same practice has taken place several times since her son was in third grade and calls it “humiliating.”