Reinstate fired cafeteria worker
From The Idaho Statesman DECEMBER 21, 2015 11:39 PM BY DEBBIE BRYCE For the Idaho State Journal Update: Cafeteria worker fired over free lunch This is an excerpt from that article: POCATELLO Last week, Dalene Bowden, a food service worker at Irving Middle School, was placed on leave after she gave a free hot lunch to a 12-year-old girl who said she was hungry and didn’t have any money. Bowden has now received a registered letter from the Pocatello/Chubbuck School District informing her that she has been fired. The brief, one-page letter was signed by District 25 Director of Human Resources Susan Petit. It states that Bowden was dismissed due to her theft of school district property and inaccurate transactions when ordering, receiving and serving food. Bowden’s story garnered hundreds of comments on social media and an online petition was launched Saturday demanding that Bowden be reinstated as a lunch lady at Irving. Bowden said she offered to pay for the $1.70 lunch, but her supervisor rejected her offer. And she was placed on termination leave last Tuesday pending a meeting with the District 25 School Board. District School Board member Jacob Gertsch declined to comment on Bowden’s termination Monday, calling it a personnel matter. And administrators could not be reached. http://www.idahostatesman.com/news/state/idaho/article51028040.html#storylink=cpy To terminate Dalene Bowden for a compassionate, caring act for a child is unforgivable. She should be immediately reinstated with an apology. The school officials should apply a dose of common sense and compassion in this situation and also revise school policy as necessary to prevent a recurrence of this in the future.