Fox News guest: âThatâs a teaching momentâ when hungry students donât get school lunches
A Fox News guest on Thursday argued that hungry students would have a âteaching momentâ if they were refused access in the cafeteria line to school lunches because their parents hadnât 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 districtâs plan to reportedly âthrow the meal awayâ if kids didnât have enough money to pay for lunch.
âI agree with the superintendent,â he said. âI think itâs a little harsh. You know, I donât think theyâre going to throw the food out right in front of the kid and embarrass the kid.â
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 âhad a problem with the fact that the kids ultimately end up being punished in this situation when it really is the parentsâ fault.â
âAgain, I think it is misleading that the kids are going to be punished,â Kersting replied. âWe have more food than any other nation. You know, no kid is going to starve. You know, if one day a kid doesnât have lunch, right, maybe thatâs a teaching moment when that kid doesnât have lunch. That may sound harsh saying that, but weâve got to get people to start being responsible for themselves.â
âI can tell you from almost 20 years working in a school district, theyâre not going to make the kids starve. Thatâs just kind of like a big warning to the parents,â he added. âAnd I have kids come to me, I give kids money all the time. And Iâm broke from doing that over the years. No, Iâm kidding.â
Watch this video from Fox Newsâ Fox & Friends, broadcast Sept. 5, 2013.