Wednesday, March 7, 2012
The Hoke County, N.C. teacher who made headlines for swapping a preschool student’s homemade lunch with chicken nuggets has been suspended indefinitely.
In a letter to parents dated Feb. 28 and recently obtained by the Carolina Journal, Hoke County Schools Assistant Superintendent Bob Barnes wrote that a substitute teacher would be taking over the class until there is a “resolution to this issue.”
“As I am sure you are aware, we recently experienced an unfortunate situation where a failure to follow district policy resulted in the substitution of a Pre-K student’s lunch at West Hoke Elementary School,” the letter reads. “This letter is to inform you that Ms. Emma Thomas will be a substitute in [your child’s] classroom until we can bring resolution to this issue. We are pleased that [your child] is enrolled in our Pre-K program and we are confident that Ms. Thomas will continue to provide [him or her] with a very positive educational experience.”
A firestorm erupted last month when reports came out that a state employee inspecting homemade lunches determined that the meal a 4-year-old’s mother had made, which reportedly contained a turkey sandwich, a banana, apple juice and potato chips, “did not meet U.S. Department of Agriculture guidelines.”
This article was posted: Wednesday, March 7, 2012 at 8:59 am