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Indiana kindergartner ‘lunch shamed’ when her account had less than $2.25 for meal

The family of a kindergartener in Indiana is calling for a policy change after they say the girl was “lunch-shamed’ in the school cafeteria.
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GREENWOOD, Ind. (WISH) - The family of a kindergartener in Indiana is calling for a policy change after they say the girl was “lunch-shamed’ in the school cafeteria.

The incident took place Friday when 6-year-old Anya Howard has already gone through the lunch line and gotten her food.

A cafeteria aid discovered the girl didn’t have enough money on her account to pay for the $2.25 meal.

She was told to return her tray, go to the back of the line and get a peanut butter and jelly sandwich instead.

The girl described the incident as upsetting.

"They were laughing at us, and they got more food than us,” Anya Howard said.

Her grandfather called it a “cafeteria walk of shame”, saying it was unnecessary and humiliating.

"I mean that's embarrassing for a little six-year-old. I just think they need to review their policy,” Dwight Howard said.

Dwight said the school hadn’t told the family the girl’s account was low on funds.

The school’s superintendent said parents get payment reminders when a child’s lunch account has $5 left.

The superintendent wouldn’t comment on specifics of the family’s complaint.