Whistleblowing teacher fired for exposing teacher thefts of student food?

posted at 11:36 am on July 28, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

Maybe this isn’t quite stealing candy from a baby, but if it’s true, it’s as close in reality as it comes.  A teacher in Germantown, PA discovered that her fellow instructors routinely stole federally-funded lunches intended for poor students at Germantown High School.  When she complained to the principal, Samenia Mayer says she was told to mind her own business.  And when she complained to others in the community, Mayer soon found herself out of a job:

SAMENIA MAYER said that she’d always tried to do right by the students she served at Germantown High, where she recruited and trained mentors to keep incoming freshmen on the right path.

So, when she noticed that teachers there were helping themselves to federally funded lunches before their students could get to them during a summer program, she complained to the principal, who ignored her complaints, she said.

Mayer said that the problem became so bad that even when the school ordered more than 100 boxed lunches for about 80 students, up to 20 students still went hungry, an allegation that students backed up last week.

She alerted alumni, clergy and community organizers, about what was going on, but when nothing changed, she called and e-mailed staff at the school district, seeking action. She was told to raise her concerns with the school’s principal, Margaret Mullen-Bavwidinsi, who turned around and fired her, Mayer said. To add insult to injury, the day after she was fired, signs went up around the building warning teachers not to eat the students’ food.

The principal claims that Mayer also took the lunches herself, which Mayer denies.  Mullen-Bavwidinsi also claimed that Mayer took some of the lunches home for her own children.  The teacher makes a pretty compelling argument that she’d be unlikely to expose a practice in which she partook, especially with such wide dissemination.  Not only that, but Mayer also points out that feeding her children food that had been left out for hours wouldn’t be particularly smart.

The district and the principal also claimed that Mayer’s claims were “unfounded,” which seems to contradict the accusations Mullen-Bavwidinsi makes against Mayer.  Was Mayer the only teacher stealing food, then?  Several students went on the record to support Mayers’ claims, saying that their friends had gone without food because of staff poaching of the lunches.  Mayer also produced an e-mail exchange between her and the principal that seems to cast doubt on the official story:

In an e-mail to Mayer sent on July 17, Mullen-Bavwidinsi told her to leave the matter alone.

“Since you are NOT in charge of DOL incentives as part of your charge, I will respectfully ask that you NOT concern yourself with this issue,” she wrote.

When reached at her school last week, Mullen-Bavwidinsi said that teachers are not allowed to eat the lunches and that she didn’t recall sending the e-mail. She declined to comment further.

I’ll bet she declined to comment further.  That doesn’t sound like, “The problem is all in your head.”  It sounds more like, “Shut up.”  This looks like a case for an Inspector General.

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Oh my G_d… it is possible to fire a teacher!

myrenovations on July 28, 2010 at 11:39 AM

Adults.

reaganaut on July 28, 2010 at 11:39 AM

Budget cuts are causing teachers to starve!
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dIb on July 28, 2010 at 11:40 AM

How naive she must be….whistleblowing to the perpetrators of the crime…

PatriotRider on July 28, 2010 at 11:40 AM

Let them eat cake!

What a moron.

BacaDog on July 28, 2010 at 11:41 AM

I got way to fix this problem. Feed your OWN damn kid! How much does a cheese sandwich cost anyway?

Caper29 on July 28, 2010 at 11:41 AM

Scumbags.

UltimateBob on July 28, 2010 at 11:42 AM

Investigation and Principal being fired in 5…4…3…

G. on July 28, 2010 at 11:43 AM

How naive she must be….whistleblowing to the perpetrators of the crime…

PatriotRider on July 28, 2010 at 11:40 AM

Really. The worst part is this is theft, so why not just go to the Police? Let’s not forget it’s Philadelphia. You know you work in a pretty sick system in a corrupt city when you have to go national and involve the Feds just to get teachers to stop stealing children’s lunches.

Rocks on July 28, 2010 at 11:43 AM

taught to steal from the government
teach to steal from the government
surprised when getting caught stealing from the government

duh.

ted c on July 28, 2010 at 11:44 AM

These people that think it is ok to steal food from poor kids are teaching children????

sammypants on July 28, 2010 at 11:44 AM

Sad part is: Mayer will probably turn around and sue the school district and win, so the taxpayers will ultimately end up paying for this fiasco (once again).

UltimateBob on July 28, 2010 at 11:44 AM

Yeeeahhh… my BS sensor is going off on this one…

She alerted alumni, clergy and community organizers, about what was going on, but when nothing changed,

she THEN went to the principal?

Oh my G_d… it is possible to fire a teacher!

myrenovations on July 28, 2010 at 11:39 AM

Sure, like all union shops you can always get fired when you make the “the man” upset… never for performance.

Skywise on July 28, 2010 at 11:45 AM

Corruption is the lynchpin for failed societies. Once you are in the gang you can’t leave for fear of being exposed; it’s what keeps everyone in the gutter.

If these allegations are true, fire THE LOT.

WitchDoctor on July 28, 2010 at 11:45 AM

Why would the teachers want to steal the lunches? The food in scool cafeterias isn’t exactly appetizing.

Cookies Mom on July 28, 2010 at 11:46 AM

“Stealing children’s lunches never fed one hungry child.”

Akzed on July 28, 2010 at 11:46 AM

Fark had a couple of threads on similar stories in the past year of other scams where the school administration would be doing things like raiding the kitty of certain student organizations in order to fund stuff for themselves.

It seems to be SOP at a lot of schools and anyone who raises questions about it, be it student, faculty, or otherwise, is told to drop the subject.

teke184 on July 28, 2010 at 11:48 AM

I believe we certainly need to know more about this before passing judgment. On the surface, if these allegations are true, it’s pretty friggin’ low to take a poor kid’s lunch. Aren’t these lunches accounted for more closely? 20 extra boxes for every 100 seems a bit excessive to begin with. So in this case, more than 20 boxes were often pilfered prior to lunch.

On one point I’d say if there is leftover boxes, then hey…let a teacher snag one. On the other hand, they’re taxpayer-funded and budgeted…if you’re constantly over by a large amount of boxes for the amount of kids receiving them, the school should lower their orders accordingly.

Again tho…to let a poor kid go hungry because too many teachers snag these lunch boxes, would have to be one of the lowest of the low things to do.

JetBoy on July 28, 2010 at 11:48 AM

Dump the principal and replace her with Mayer. Who the hell do these people think they are? They feel so put upon being teachers…yeah, well, get out of it then. The only problem is, and I hope parents are listening, these teachers couldn’t get jobs in any other sector. All they can do is pretend to teach while they abuse your childrens’ brains and inculcate them in the latest union theory. This must stop and if the community does nothing about these teachers, they’ll get what they deserve.

allstonian on July 28, 2010 at 11:49 AM

Well what did she expect? Everyone in the government steals from something or someone mostly the tax payers who of course are paying for the school lunches.

docdave on July 28, 2010 at 11:49 AM

Mayer said that the problem became so bad that even when the school ordered more than 100 boxed lunches for about 80 students, up to 20 students still went hungry, an allegation that students backed up last week.

This wasn’t crappy food. It was ordered in box lunches from a caterer.

Rocks on July 28, 2010 at 11:50 AM

Clearly Samenia Mayer is racist. She’s probably also a Tea person.

MeatHeadinCA on July 28, 2010 at 11:50 AM

I love the pictures from the philly.com article.

a) Hunger is not an issue at that school

b) Do we really need to be paying for the lunches of students that have cell phones?

Caper29 on July 28, 2010 at 11:50 AM

Isn’t free food a benefit demanded by the Teachers Union!

portlandon on July 28, 2010 at 11:51 AM

School lunches. I have worked in the public schools here in Ca. off and on and I can tell you what a waste they are. The kids hate the lunches. Most of it ends in the garbage. Another ridiculous “rule” at my daughters school is no peanut butter sandwiches. You see some child may be allergic to peanuts. The whole thing is a joke.

sandee on July 28, 2010 at 11:51 AM

Note to Ed

It seems to me stuff that is worth reading is down here in the comments section and stuff worth commenting on is in the headlines section. For example I would rather talk about Ezra Klein and his interest in ending the filibuster with other readers than stolen lunches which aren’t much beyond a passing comment of “gee that’s too bad”. I don’t disagree with your choice of articles lately but just where they end up on HotAir.

Conan on July 28, 2010 at 11:51 AM

She alerted alumni, clergy and community organizers, about what was going on, but when nothing changed, she called and e-mailed staff at the school district, seeking action.

Doing the right thing was not enough for alumni, clergy, and community organizers. They were probably tied in on the scam, or they were angry that they weren’t included.

In the case of the community organizers, because it didn’t involve extortion of a corporation or of whitey, they had no interest.

Unbelievable. Fire all the school officials involved. There’s enough unemployment that they can easily be replaced.

BuckeyeSam on July 28, 2010 at 11:52 AM

b) Do we really need to be paying for the lunches of students that have cell phones?

Caper29 on July 28, 2010 at 11:50 AM

Why not? We pay for their “education”…

MeatHeadinCA on July 28, 2010 at 11:52 AM

Itsnotaboutme’s Law:
The more money the govt spends, & the more employees the govt has, the more corruption there will be.

itsnotaboutme on July 28, 2010 at 11:52 AM

It takes a village of idiots.

tru2tx on July 28, 2010 at 11:55 AM

looters…

mjbrooks3 on July 28, 2010 at 11:56 AM

Her job was to “recruit and train mentors to keep incoming freshmen on the right path.”

Just curious on her pay/hours. Is this a full time 12 month a year position? Does every school get one or more?

dIb on July 28, 2010 at 11:56 AM

On one point I’d say if there is leftover boxes, then hey…let a teacher snag one. On the other hand, they’re taxpayer-funded and budgeted…if you’re constantly over by a large amount of boxes for the amount of kids receiving them, the school should lower their orders accordingly.

That’s a standard scam in lots of places.

In “Wiseguy”, the book that Goodfellas is based on, Henry Hill talked about how the army mess he worked at in North Carolina would routinely have far more food than the number of soldiers expected to eat at the mess, which he figured was someone taking care of someone who owned a restaurant supply company.

His solution to the problem was to start stealing all the extra food and supplies, such as pans of steaks, and selling them to restaurants in the area at a cut-rate price to put money in his pocket and to get free drinks all night.

teke184 on July 28, 2010 at 11:56 AM

This looks like a case for an Inspector General.

Since the current administration is:

A) Desperately trying to “stimulate the economy” by increasing government employee compensation by any possible means; and

B) Saying that American children shouldn’t eat as much…

It’s hard to be super optimistic about how Obama’s apointee will handle this particular case.

logis on July 28, 2010 at 11:56 AM

She alerted…community organizers, about what was going on, but when nothing changed

But…but…aren’t community organizers supposed to be the most qualified people to get things done?

James on July 28, 2010 at 11:57 AM

LMFAO. I can just imagine some fattie teachers elbowing poor, big-eyed Oliver Twists on their way to get some more spaghetti-ohs! Then, after they’re all fat and tired, wiping their greasy faces, they roll out into the parking lot and get into their $70,000 BMWs, salary courtesy of their corrupt unions.

And as for the kids? F__K them, am I right?!

GTR640 on July 28, 2010 at 11:59 AM

please let this woman SUE so it all comes out in Court….

Countdown to the new job offer and apology for “acting Stupidly”?????

SDarchitect on July 28, 2010 at 12:01 PM

Frankly, the “poor kids” don’t eat the lunches anyway. More federal dollars are tossed in dumpsters at the end of lunch hours at more schools than you would imagine. If ever there was a federal program ripe for an audit it would be that one.

kens on July 28, 2010 at 12:02 PM

I got way to fix this problem. Feed your OWN damn kid! How much does a cheese sandwich cost anyway?

Caper29 on July 28, 2010 at 11:41 AM

I was going to say that PBJ’s are inexpensive and good for you as well. You add a piece of fruit and get milk at school.
The government shouldn’t even be involved.

annoyinglittletwerp on July 28, 2010 at 12:06 PM

Government school lunches are indeed a joke. The food is terrible and the poor kids that don’t want to eat them actually do throw them away. They always seem to have money enough to stop by the local 7-11 on the way home to pick up junk food to last them the rest of the day.
Back in the day we had a principal that actually used federally funded special ed aides to do her social work for her alumni association. She had other problems in that she never showed up to work so the orinial sin of using government money was lost in the mess that she created. Eventually she was found out, but never really lost her job. She was kicked up to the newly-minted Dept of Education for a year.
She came back to our school system and was quiet for about a year. Then she was transfered to a new school where she and the PTA president ran off with funds. I don’t know what happened to her after that, but there were never any consequences for her bad behavior. This was over 30 years ago. Every time this happens it just inspires more people to do more wrong. Everyone was afraid to “bring her to justice” because she was black. Is it any wonder that our society is corrupt?

BetseyRoss on July 28, 2010 at 12:08 PM

I bet those fat teachers love pizza Friday! I remember being in public school and man, was that pizza good! And greasy!! Sure it didn’t have any pepperoni. It only had a thick layer of cheese. But after the rest of the week, mmmm mm!

I bet those fattie teacher do it up right and slather mayonaise all over that slice. Yeeahh!!!!!

GTR640 on July 28, 2010 at 12:08 PM

Conan on July 28, 2010 at 11:51 AM

Conan, I am not Ed, but interesting headlines are dumped up there as quickly as they see them. It takes time to think, find related articles, write their comments and then place it here in the Blog section.

I wish they were faster too, but I often find that they will link to a complimentary or contrasting item to really bring home a point. It is why I spend so much time here.

/butt kissing off

barnone on July 28, 2010 at 12:09 PM

b) Do we really need to be paying for the lunches of students that have cell phones?

Caper29 on July 28, 2010 at 11:50 AM

There is widespread fraud in the subsidized school lunch programs. An in-law of mine who shall not be named gets free lunches for her kids based on her tax return, even though her income is heavily augmented by her mother and the father of the kids. She owns a nice house and a newish car and takes the kids on more vacations than we can afford to do. Don’t even get me started on S-CHIP.

Missy on July 28, 2010 at 12:10 PM

I bet those fattie teacher do it up right and slather mayonaise all over that slice. Yeeahh!!!!!

GTR640 on July 28, 2010 at 12:08 PM

Eew!

I’m hoping you’re joking there…mayo on a pizza? That should be a felony.

JetBoy on July 28, 2010 at 12:10 PM

Good gravy. A major national blog turns a story about 20 box lunches into a story?

Seriously.

If you guys can’t discuss true issues, that’s OK, but this is truly the type of story that makes people know they have to start searching out other blogs.

I can’t believe this story.

AnninCA on July 28, 2010 at 12:11 PM

School lunches. I have worked in the public schools here in Ca. off and on and I can tell you what a waste they are. The kids hate the lunches. Most of it ends in the garbage. Another ridiculous “rule” at my daughters school is no peanut butter sandwiches. You see some child may be allergic to peanuts. The whole thing is a joke.

sandee on July 28, 2010 at 11:51 AM

I had a friend who’s then 6 year old was denied his snack because she sent apples and caramel dip with him. The ‘teacher’ noticed that milk was listed as one of the ingredients in the caramel, and since another student had a ‘milk’ allergy(lactose intolerance?) she took the snack away.
Un-frakin REAL!

annoyinglittletwerp on July 28, 2010 at 12:11 PM

That’s pretty low, mister. If I had a rubber hose, I would beat…

MadisonConservative on July 28, 2010 at 12:12 PM

I had a friend who’s then 6 year old was denied his snack because she sent apples and caramel dip with him. The ‘teacher’ noticed that milk was listed as one of the ingredients in the caramel, and since another student had a ‘milk’ allergy(lactose intolerance?) she took the snack away.
Un-frakin REAL!

annoyinglittletwerp on July 28, 2010 at 12:11 PM

Oh damn. If that had been my father, or me when I have kids…arrests would be made.

MadisonConservative on July 28, 2010 at 12:13 PM

A parasite is a parasite is a parasite. They don’t turn it off at lunch time.

RBMN on July 28, 2010 at 12:14 PM

More federal dollars are tossed in dumpsters at the end of lunch hours at more schools than you would imagine. If ever there was a federal program ripe for an audit it would be that one.

kens on July 28, 2010 at 12:02 PM

Meanwhile the Michelle Obama acolytes in my lib town want the school district to go organic. Can you imagine? Then the food thrown away will simply be twice as expensive.

I actually don’t think the food is so bad, personally. And my daughter likes it. And I hate seeing food going to waste, and have always felt so sorry for the lunch ladies at school who take such abuse. So I don’t like to pile on when it comes to complaining about the food. But it is a wasteful program, to be sure.

Missy on July 28, 2010 at 12:14 PM

The principal of this school is the one should be fired. it is, after all, her job to look into these kinds of complaints, whether accurate or not, and get to the bottom of it. In some school districts unfortunately, principals can set themselves up as small dictators often having teachers actually spy on one another. Divide and conquer seems behind this tactic. It’s very demoralizing to a faculty and happens more often than one might realize. This principal seems to be of this stripe.

jeanie on July 28, 2010 at 12:17 PM

When I was in the military, short of murder, two of the worst things you could do were:

1. Steal food

2.

Mr. Grump on July 28, 2010 at 12:18 PM

You see some child may be allergic to peanuts. The whole thing is a joke.

sandee on July 28, 2010 at 11:51 AM

Thanks for your overwhelming compassion, sandee. My son has a level six peanut allergy and nearly died from a reaction when he was three. Ten more minutes more and he would have gone into a coma….we literally almost lost him.

But hey, your kid’s peanut butter sandwich trumps some kid’s life. I understand how it is.

Grace_is_sufficient on July 28, 2010 at 12:19 PM

Make that ten minutes more…I tend to get testy when someone puts her kids’ PB and J sandwich over a child’s life. But maybe it’s just me.

Grace_is_sufficient on July 28, 2010 at 12:20 PM

AnninCA on July 28, 2010 at 12:11 PM

Here you go:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/07/26/angelina-jolie-maddox-pax_n_658925.html

dIb on July 28, 2010 at 12:20 PM

I can’t believe this story.

AnninCA on July 28, 2010 at 12:11 PM

The story is we have shitty schools and the teachers suck and the unions are corrupt and they don’t teach anything except how to hate your country and they keep taking our money and now they are eating the goddamned lunches.

So the pigs are in the freaking trough is the story, okay? They are f—in PIGS!

GTR640 on July 28, 2010 at 12:24 PM

While I believe she whistle-blew, I’m not sure I believe that 20 kids went without lunchs on any kind of regular basis, if ever.

The kids and their parents would have made an uproar. And, note that the students who came forward don’t claim they went without lunches, but that it happened to friends of theirs.

Not saying it makes it right, just pointing out an incongruity.

Monkeytoe on July 28, 2010 at 12:25 PM

Also, the whole story rings strange to me. First, why did the teacher go to the community, pastors, etc? Was this a private school or program? Secondly, unless she’s not a member of a union, the teacher cannot be fired without a hearing, investigation, etc. Most of the time–a vast majority of the time–the union protects poor teachers. But once in a while, a crackpot principal makes a judgment like this one did, and fires unjustly.

I’m going to read a bit further into this.

Grace_is_sufficient on July 28, 2010 at 12:26 PM

Mr Fatfingers hits the wrong key again. What I was trying to say was:

When I was in the military, They consider that short of murder, two of the worst things you could do were:

1. Steal food.

2. Mistreat a subordinate.

That, they always told me was a one-way ticket to Levenworth.

Let’s see what happens to the teachers and let’s pay close attention to what happens to Ms. Mayer.

Mr. Grump on July 28, 2010 at 12:28 PM

Why would the teachers want to steal the lunches? The food in scool cafeterias isn’t exactly appetizing.

Cookies Mom on July 28, 2010 at 11:46 AM

LOL, maybe in your schools, but i am a lunch lady for a middle school and our lunch is extremely appetizing.

kathleen on July 28, 2010 at 12:30 PM

Difficult for a principal to fire someone directly but in reality all he/she has to do is go to the Superintendent/School Board and quietly suggest this should happen. A letter is then sent to the offending teacher terminating(usually at the end of the school year)with some excuse or other. If this teacher is tenured it’s nearly impossible to fire short of being a serial killer or worse. In the case of non-tenured teacher(usually takes 3 years for tenure)that person can be fired without a hearing and many times without an explanation as to why.

jeanie on July 28, 2010 at 12:32 PM

Did I miss anything about the Teacher’s Union coming to her aid. Seems to me a principle needs firing for lying.

amr on July 28, 2010 at 12:33 PM

Also, the whole story rings strange to me. First, why did the teacher go to the community, pastors, etc? Was this a private school or program?

Grace_is_sufficient on July 28, 2010 at 12:26 PM

I’m spending time this summer volunteering in a free lunch program. The program is state funded, run by the city, supervised by the public library and the volunteers are from community organizing groups or my synagogue. On my first day, one of the community organizers ate a lunch meant for the children (she tried to take several). To put a stop to it I called the rabbi in charge who directed me to the librarian who directed me to the community organizer boss who directed me to the city supervisor.

The public and the private get blurred on a lot of programs.

myrenovations on July 28, 2010 at 12:36 PM

Isn’t the main reason that the teacher unions always want more money is for the children? That’s the crux of their argument and whoops now they’re are caught stealing from those same children. Sounds like it comes straight out of a Democratic Politicians’ playbook.

search4truth on July 28, 2010 at 12:37 PM

Between scarfing their food and having sex with them, when do they have time to teach them?

esnap on July 28, 2010 at 12:38 PM

If you guys can’t discuss true issues, that’s OK, but this is truly the type of story that makes people know they have to start searching out other blogs.

I can’t believe this story.

AnninCA on July 28, 2010 at 12:11 PM

You keep teasing us like this. How can we start missing you if you won’t go away?

Extrafishy on July 28, 2010 at 12:38 PM

This looks like a case for an Inspector General a school lunch czar.

FIFY

Shy Guy on July 28, 2010 at 12:38 PM

Why not just blame it on “whitey”…?

Seven Percent Solution on July 28, 2010 at 12:39 PM

AnninCA on July 28, 2010 at 12:11 PM

Why are you still here? You threaten to go elsewhere time and again because the quality isn’t up to your high standards and yet you never leave!

search4truth on July 28, 2010 at 12:40 PM

Her job was to “recruit and train mentors to keep incoming freshmen on the right path.”

Just curious on her pay/hours. Is this a full time 12 month a year position? Does every school get one or more?

dIb on July 28, 2010 at 11:56 AM

Probably not a union teaching job, which explains why she could be fired.

LASue on July 28, 2010 at 12:41 PM

My wife is a teacher’s aid. She sees this ALL THE TIME.

kurtzz3 on July 28, 2010 at 12:43 PM

You keep teasing us like this. How can we start missing you if you won’t go away?

Extrafishy on July 28, 2010 at 12:38 PM

Heh! She would miss us before we’d miss her I think.

jeanie on July 28, 2010 at 12:44 PM

Investigation and Principal being fired in 5…4…3…

G. on July 28, 2010 at 11:43 AM

Bing.

Jaibones on July 28, 2010 at 12:45 PM

TEACHERS DO IT BECAUSE THEY LOVE IT. And for the freebies.

Good Lt on July 28, 2010 at 12:47 PM

The school district did the liberal four steps:

Pay up.
Shut up.
Change the subject (but I DID answer the question).
You’re a racist.

Mojave Mark on July 28, 2010 at 12:56 PM

Oh my G_d… it is possible to fire a teacher!

myrenovations on July 28, 2010 at 11:39 AM

Sure it is. I was not re-hired for the sole reason that I refused to pass 111 of my 122 students. I told the Administration that if I was to pass them, it would be unfair to the 11 that worked their butts off to pass. Unfortunately, 111 students could not pass a 9th grade 1st Semester Pre-Algebra Math Test. Why would I pass them in the Spring?

Well, I didn’t get re-hired in the fall.

Its impossible to fire a bad teacher, but a good teacher who stands up to the system will be out quickly.

Tim Burton on July 28, 2010 at 12:56 PM

Hilarious!!What goes around comes around with the libs in charge:)

ohiobabe on July 28, 2010 at 12:59 PM

AnninCA on July 28, 2010 at 12:11 PM

Let’s put it this way: Very few people, even the retirees involved, have any real understanding of the state/local pension shortfall dollar amount. EVERYONE, even illegal immigrants, understands the ratso city manager in Bell, CA who has a nearly $800K salary AND the elected officials who gave it to him.

I heartily approve of this story of the teachers stealing kids’ lunches.

BradSchwartze on July 28, 2010 at 1:00 PM

Isn’t it criminal to direct a subordinate to ignore criminal behavior?

“Since you are NOT in charge of DOL incentives as part of your charge, I will respectfully ask that you NOT concern yourself with this issue,” she wrote.

*
Teachers were stealing and the Principal tells her to look the other way? Nice example for your students there Madam Principal.

Metanis on July 28, 2010 at 1:06 PM

Oh damn. If that had been my father, or me when I have kids…arrests would be made.

MadisonConservative on July 28, 2010 at 12:13 PM

Heh.
Remember when a birthday kid’s mom would send homemade treats to school in honor of their birthday?

annoyinglittletwerp on July 28, 2010 at 1:07 PM

Can we get a photo of the principal and some the lunch stealing teachers?….I got a bet that they are all very much overweight…

albill on July 28, 2010 at 1:10 PM

But hey, your kid’s peanut butter sandwich trumps some kid’s life. I understand how it is.

Grace_is_sufficient on July 28, 2010 at 12:19 PM

What about the kid who is allergic to strawberries?
What about the kid who is allergic to eggs?
What about the kid who is alleric to wheat (like my aunt)?
What about the kid who is allergic to mint (like ny niece)?
What about the kid who is allergic to- [fill in the blank]?

She almost chocked to death because someone handed her a piece of gum and she chewed it without thinking. She can’t use most shampoo or mouthwash. Mint is everywhere.

That doesn’t mean the world must adapt for her, but rather that she must adapt to the world.

sharrukin on July 28, 2010 at 1:13 PM

She almost chocked to death because someone handed her a piece of gum and she chewed it without thinking. She can’t use most shampoo or mouthwash. Mint is everywhere.

That doesn’t mean the world must adapt for her, but rather that she must adapt to the world.

sharrukin on July 28, 2010 at 1:13 PM

I have a friend who’s youngest daughter is basically allergic to everything. While my friend is cautious- as are those of us that are aware of Taylor’s allergies- she also wants her daughter to be able to function as part of society.
I’m sure peanut allergies existed when I was growing-up in the 1970′s and 1980′s. I might have had friends with them.
They got what they needed without trampling on others rights in the process.

Btw: My son was allergic to strawberries when he was in grade school-so if something had strawberries in it…he didn’t eat it.

annoyinglittletwerp on July 28, 2010 at 1:28 PM

But hey, your kid’s peanut butter sandwich trumps some kid’s life. I understand how it is.

Grace_is_sufficient on July 28, 2010 at 12:19 PM

Even if every parent and kid claimed to be willing to adjust their lives to cater to the needs of one kid, why would good parents put that kid’s life in the hands of hundreds of other children? Some kids don’t even make their beds. They’re going to read the ingredients on every candy bar they pick up on the way to school?

Ronnie on July 28, 2010 at 1:30 PM

Grace_is_sufficient on July 28, 2010 at 12:19 PM

I understand your concern (my sister has the same allergy problem with bananas).

However, the inner city school system where she works as a teacher does NOT confiscate children’s lunches because of her allergy. They work dilligently to wipe down an area where she can eat safely. Children that she’s around have been educated as to the seriousness of her condition. In all the years of her teaching, and travelling around to different schools (she’s an art teacher), she has only had one episode that required her epi-pen.

I appreciate your concern for your child, but its the whole “ban anything remotely harmful” mindset that is paralyzing our country. It pushes unconstitutional gun control laws, outlaws games (I used to love lawn darts as a kid), and stifles risk taking… which is at the heart of entrepreneurial endeavors.

I feel for your son’s condition, but outlawing things that may hurt him is the wrong approach.

dominigan on July 28, 2010 at 1:32 PM

For everyone’s information, Germantown is an urban neighborhood in the city of Philadelphia.

Glenside on July 28, 2010 at 1:33 PM

These teachers taking these school lunches are plain and simply thieves. The kitchen staff who cash them out are aiding and abetting the crimes and Mullen-Bavwidinsi, who is actively working to prevent exposure of these crimes, is also aiding and abetting, all crimes in and of themselves.

Dusty on July 28, 2010 at 1:39 PM

They got what they needed without trampling on others rights in the process.

Btw: My son was allergic to strawberries when he was in grade school-so if something had strawberries in it…he didn’t eat it.

annoyinglittletwerp on July 28, 2010 at 1:28 PM

Yeah, thats how I see it.

The other point my niece just pointed out to me, is that they have to learn how to live their lives with the problems they have. If they go through school with the idea that they need not worry, what are they going to do when they graduate?

A bus full of people are not going to accommodate them the way a classroom of children can be required to. A restaurant isn’t going to ask them ahead of time if they are allergic to something.

sharrukin on July 28, 2010 at 1:47 PM

On one point I’d say if there is leftover boxes, then hey…let a teacher snag one.

JetBoy on July 28, 2010 at 11:48 AM

For them to be left over, the teachers would have had to let the kids get their food first. An extra 20 boxes does seem like a waste to me, but maybe kids are allowed to get seconds?

I realize this isn’t a huge news story, but this did involve a woman who lost her job after exposing corruption. And unlike Sherrod, she doesn’t seem to have anyone pushing for her to get her job back. Without this media coverage, it seems unlikely that she’ll get it back.

Esthier on July 28, 2010 at 2:13 PM

Fire all of them. Let the new principal sort it out.

faraway on July 28, 2010 at 2:29 PM

She went to some community organizers over some peanut butter and jelly sandwiches? Good grief.

faraway on July 28, 2010 at 2:30 PM

I steal parts of my student’s lunches all the time and I’m not ashamed to admit it.

Of course, since my students are also my kids and their lunch takes place at our dining room table the only reprimand I ever get is “Mom, dad stole my tater-tot!” Followed by a dirty look from the principle (what the kids don’t know is that the principle and I are fooling around behind their backs, hehehe).

29Victor on July 28, 2010 at 2:41 PM

The principal claims that Mayer also took the lunches herself, which Mayer denies….

The district and the principal also claimed that Mayer’s claims were “unfounded,” which seems to contradict the accusations Mullen-Bavwidinsi makes against Mayer.

How many times to you hear liberals argue: “The charges are false, and besides, the accuser did it too”?

And when you point out the logical contradiction, they start calling you names…

mr.blacksheep on July 28, 2010 at 3:13 PM

You keep teasing us like this. How can we start missing you if you won’t go away?

Extrafishy on July 28, 2010 at 12:38 PM

Didn’t she “leave” in a huff once?

mr.blacksheep on July 28, 2010 at 3:19 PM

Really. The worst part is this is theft, so why not just go to the Police? Let’s not forget it’s Philadelphia. You know you work in a pretty sick system in a corrupt city when you have to go national and involve the Feds just to get teachers to stop stealing children’s lunches.

Rocks on July 28, 2010 at 11:43 AM

These are the type of people that crr6 and the Vomit Troll insist are the only ones who should teach our children and rule over us.

ebrown2 on July 28, 2010 at 3:19 PM

Hey, I bet we could get the two guys from the NBPP to come over and enforce the rules. It’s only a few minutes away.

J_Crater on July 28, 2010 at 3:29 PM

Well it’s obvious that the answer to this problem is an increase in teacher salaries.

catmman on July 28, 2010 at 4:08 PM

It’s not like it’s theft theft.

davidk on July 28, 2010 at 4:10 PM

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