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Fox News guest: ‘That’s a teaching moment’ when hungry students don’t get school lunches

Posted by on Sep. 5, 2013 at 5:17 PM
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Thomas Kersting speaks to Fox News

A Fox News guest on Thursday argued that hungry students would have a “teaching moment” if they were refused access in the cafeteria line to school lunches because their parents hadn’t properly filled out the right paperwork.

During a segment on Fox & Friends, therapist and school counselor Thomas Kersting told host Gretchen Carlson that he approved of a New Jersey school district’s plan to reportedly “throw the meal away” if kids didn’t have enough money to pay for lunch.

“I agree with the superintendent,” he said. “I think it’s a little harsh. You know, I don’t think they’re going to throw the food out right in front of the kid and embarrass the kid.”


Kersting explained that some parents had allegedly told their children to accept the lunches before the paperwork had been completed and filed, and so the Willingboro School District had decided not to feed students unless their parents had signed the proper forms and been enrolled in the Free and Reduced Lunch program.

Carlson asked Kersting if he “had a problem with the fact that the kids ultimately end up being punished in this situation when it really is the parents’ fault.”

“Again, I think it is misleading that the kids are going to be punished,” Kersting replied. “We have more food than any other nation. You know, no kid is going to starve. You know, if one day a kid doesn’t have lunch, right, maybe that’s a teaching moment when that kid doesn’t have lunch. That may sound harsh saying that, but we’ve got to get people to start being responsible for themselves.”

“I can tell you from almost 20 years working in a school district, they’re not going to make the kids starve. That’s just kind of like a big warning to the parents,” he added. “And I have kids come to me, I give kids money all the time. And I’m broke from doing that over the years. No, I’m kidding.”

Watch this video from Fox News’ Fox & Friends, broadcast Sept. 5, 2013.

http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2013/09/05/fox-news-guest-thats-a-teaching-moment-when-hungry-students-dont-get-school-lunches/

by on Sep. 5, 2013 at 5:17 PM
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-Celestial-
by on Sep. 5, 2013 at 5:17 PM
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Are they really this stupid or is it just a put-on for our entertainment?

JakeandEmmasMom
by Gold Member on Sep. 5, 2013 at 5:28 PM
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Counterproductive and cruel.
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glorytojehovah
by on Sep. 5, 2013 at 5:50 PM
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disgusting

IandLoveandYou
by Penny Lane on Sep. 5, 2013 at 5:50 PM
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Um what did I just read? Where do they find these jerks?

What is the kid learning exactly, and in what way are the kids not being punished? In what way is a child not getting a lunch because of their parents... a way to teach the child to be responsible..for themselves?

I...what?

JanuaryBaby06
by on Sep. 5, 2013 at 7:04 PM

What was with the last line? jerk much? and I fail to see what a child could learn from this.

grandmab125
by Platinum Member on Sep. 5, 2013 at 8:06 PM

 Awwwwwwww..............the op must have hurt feelings.  She got my response and another's removed.  Put on your big girl panties and pull them up.  You can dish out the insults, but you can't take it, when some one goes back at you.

Billiejeens
by Ruby Member on Sep. 5, 2013 at 9:06 PM
Quoting grandmab125:

 Awwwwwwww..............the op must have hurt feelings.  She got my response and another's removed.  Put on your big girl panties and pull them up.  You can dish out the insults, but you can't take it, when some one goes back at you.




I doubt it was her on her own.

She probably didn't even know it was an insult.

grandmab125
by Platinum Member on Sep. 5, 2013 at 9:53 PM
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laughing Could have been our serial 'report abuse' troll. I guess.  LOL

Quoting Billiejeens:

Quoting grandmab125:

 Awwwwwwww..............the op must have hurt feelings.  She got my response and another's removed.  Put on your big girl panties and pull them up.  You can dish out the insults, but you can't take it, when some one goes back at you.




I doubt it was her on her own.

She probably didn't even know it was an insult.

 

grandma B

marchantmom06
by Bronze Member on Sep. 5, 2013 at 9:57 PM
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So wait, you mean we are actually going to start holding parents accountable?? Holy shit no way!
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fliptopz4
by Member on Sep. 5, 2013 at 10:06 PM

Yes they do take trays from children if they don't have money and if their parents don't fill out the paper work for free or reduced lunch. In elementary school they get a full meal, in middle school they get a white milk a fruit and a vegetable in high school they get nothing.  Any way thats how my district does it.


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