A Pennsylvania school district is under fire for threatening to send children to foster care over unpaid school lunch debt, which understandably has many people upset.
The Wyoming Valley West School District sent home letters demanding payment of unpaid student lunch debt and included this threat, "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. Please remit payment as soon as possible to avoid being reported to the proper authorities." It also said "If you are taken to Dependency court, the result may be your child being removed from your home and placed in foster care." Joseph Muth, director of federal programs for the Wyoming Valley West School District signed the letter.
However, it looks like the school district went a little rogue with their threat; the county's Children and Youth Service executive director stressed, "It’s just not true. We do not remove children from families for unpaid bills... Never has this county removed a child from a home for unpaid bills and never will we."
The county is asking the school district to retract the letter. Apparently, the school district is trying to collect $20,000 in unpaid school lunch debt and will now send more “sensitive” letters out.