Parents upset after PTSA offers opportunity to skip lunch line with donation

Florida school offers front of the lunch line passes for $100

Florida school offers front of the lunch line passes for $100

Parents are claiming classism in the cafeteria.

But that doesn't change the fact that they aren't supposed to work like private institutions where parents and students can buy their way into higher-quality treatment and services.

Parents often have to sign a lot of forms at the beginning of school year, but one of the forms caught some parents off guard. When parents attended orientation for the 2017-2018 school year, they received a form that not only asked for donations, but also offered incentives.

"You got those who can pay, and those who cannot", said Christ Stephenson, the father of a student at the academy.

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Principal Brian Andrews sent an email to parents informing them to disregard the Family and Business Sponsorships form that was sent home with students.

The pass, described in a PTSA sponshorship form, was offered in an orientation packet handed out at Lawton Chiles Middle Academy in Lakeland earlier this week.

"'Hey, my dad has more money than you, I get to eat first".

Parent Chris Stephenson was shocked when he saw the offer while going through his child's packet, and posted it on Facebook. Stephenson told the media outlet he was enraged when he saw the form. The principal said he "does not approve of donations tied to any student advantage or privilege on campus".

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"Nobody's a second-class citizen here", said Andrews, who is entering his fourth year as principal at Lawton Chiles Middle Academy. This Family and Business Sponsorship program was explored but we decided not to implement.

Stephenson said his problem with the offer isn't just about a student getting his food before somebody else.

The PTSA said the form was accidentally put in the orientation packets and that it will not be there in the future.

"Where were the checkpoints missed, who allowed and approved documents to be distributed to 300 some odd students without having read it?"

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'I have strived to be as inclusive as possible with all kids and this is not something I support, ' he told the station.

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