Give Johnny Cook His Job Back And Apologize Publicly To Him On Facebook
  • Petitioned Haralson School District of Tallapoosa, GA

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Haralson School District of Tallapoosa, GA

Give Johnny Cook His Job Back And Apologize Publicly To Him On Facebook

    1. Rebecca Travis
    2. Petition by

      Rebecca Travis

      West Lafayette, IN

Johnny Cook was a bus driver who stood up to try and fix an issue when he was approached by a middle school student who was .40 short on his pay card to get to eat lunch and was denied. He was terminated for not removing a post on his Facebook Page which at the time did not mention any names or which school. Here is his story...Johnny Cook's status.
5 hours ago
on 5/21/13 the following event occurred and I posted my feelings of the incedent on facebook in hopes of finding a solution.

A lil flustered this evening.
A middle schooler got on my bus this evening and said mr johnny im hungry. I said why are you hungry buddy? Didn't you eat lunch ? He said no sir I didn't have any money on my account. I said they would let you charge it? No sir.
Huh! What! This child is already on reduced lunch and we can't let him eat. Are you kidding me? I'm certian there was leftover food thrown away today. But kids were turned away because they didn't have .40 on there account .
As a tax payer, I would much rather feed a child than throw it away. I would rather feed a child than to give food stamps to a crack head.
My number is 770 871 8811 the next time we can't feed a kid for forty cent, please call me . We will scrape up the money.

This is what the world has come to

on 5/23/13 I was terminated for said post.

I had a meeting with the school superintendent mr Stanton,my supervisor, dr.brian ridley and the lunch room manager miss harmon. I apologized to dr ridley for not coming to him with this matter along with miss harmon.
I advised them that I was acting as an individual,a parent, and a person with a heavy heart.not as an employee of the BOE.
mr Stanton repeatedly told me that this incident simply did not take place.i told him that in my heart of hearts I believed the child,when he looked me in the eye and told me he was hungry.
I commend dr ridley on the job he has done at hcms and I appreciate the affection that miss harmon has for her job.she told me of the countless children she had fed out of her on pocket. I believed her because I have done the same. on numerous occasions I have taken money out of my pocket so a kid could have lunch money,snack money and have even sponsored their athletic teams.
I was simply trying to bring awareness to a problem that needs to be addressed and the problem is not in the lunch room, but in the policies in which they are forced to follow.
I pick up from a couple of group homes in town.theses girls tell me that sumtimes they ony get the peanut butter sandwiches for up two 3 weeks because their information has not been put into the system.
again are you kidding me?these girls are wards of the state ,enrolled in school by a state facility, and we are waiting on them to be put properly into the system before we can feed em a hot meal.
miss harmon told me of the many times kids come to her on Tuesday morning (we are out on Mondays)and say miss harmon im hungry.because they had not eat all weekend. she then takes them into the kitchen and feeds them.i ask miss harmon with all do respect,DO YOU THINK THEY WERE LYING TO YOU?of course not she said.EXACTLY,I never thought for one minute that this child was lying to me.
we have problem in the county and in the schools that needs to be addressed and fixed. there are solutions. ive offered some myself.but nothing will happen as long as mr Stanton refuses to look at a problem he says does not exist.
AT THE END OF THE MEETING ,I WAS GIVING THE OPPTION OF RECOUNTING MY STATEMENT AND SAYING IT WAS FALSE,APPOLOGIZING ON FACEBOOK TO MR RIDLEY AND MISS HARMON,ANDTWO WEEKS OFF WITHOUT PAY OR TO BE TERMINATED. I TOLD HIM I DID NOT FEEL IT WAS FALSE. I HAD ALREADY APPOLOGIZED TO MR RIDLEY AND MISS HARMON. AT THAT POINT HE ADVISED ME ,I AM TERMINATED.
I have a recording of the entire meeting I will be posting.

To:
Haralson School District of Tallapoosa, GA, Haralson School District
Give Johnny Cook His Job Back And Apologize Publicly To Him On Facebook
Also resign your seat as Superintendent

Sincerely,
[Your name]

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    • Angela Jackson CLARKSTON, WA
      • 6 months ago

      Mr. Cook discussed an issue he believes in. He did not disrupt the environment by the use of social media. The media says that there is footage for the student not passing through the lunch line. It is not Mr. Cooks fault that the student may have lied, nor is the school at fault because if the footage is true then the school didn't deny the student lunch for $.40. --SO neither the school or Mr. Cook are at fault for the statement posted on the social media. Because the school district terminated Mr. Cook, the school district created a disruptive environment and should have made the student apologies rather then fire Mr. Cook.

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    • Katarina Dancer WESTLAND, MI
      • 7 months ago

      our schools have the same issues

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    • Pierre Askmo PARK CITY, UT
      • 7 months ago

      Whatever the particulars of this case, this is a national issue that absolutely needs to be addressed. No school district, no matter what the circumstances are should ever be in the business of not feeding a child and even less humiliate one by treating him/her differently because parents are behind on lunch money. John Cook has his heart in the right place to be entrusted kids on his bus route. Whatever egos or feelings he hurt, he is looking out for the kids. In his position that's all that matters to me.

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    • Bernie Borschk CRYSTAL, MN
      • 7 months ago

      Have a heart! We need more decent, caring human beings in this world. He believed the student and showed compassion. GOD HELP US ALL!!!! Bernie

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    • Marcus Eiland CLARKSVIILLE, TN
      • 8 months ago

      This is simple, run a tab for the kids in the parents name, the government already does it, doctors and mechanics already do it. You have their names just have them sign a binding contract to pay the money back at the end of the year. Firing an employee who needs to feed his own children is not the answer, firing Staton instead and have him apologize nationally.

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