“If you are taken to Dependency court, the result may be your child being removed from your home and placed in foster care.” – Wyoming Valley West School District
In the wake of outrage over illegal immigrant families being split up at the U.S./Mexico border, a northeast Pennsylvania school district is threatening to do the same over unpaid school lunch bills …
CNN – The Wyoming Valley West School District in Pennsylvania sent out hundreds of letters this week telling parents who had lunch debt to pay or their children could go into foster care.
The letter told parents in the Wilkes-Barre area district that there have been “multiple letters sent home with your child” and that no payments had been made.
“Your child has been sent to school every day without money and without a breakfast and/or lunch,” the letter read. It also said failure to provide children with food could result in parents being sent to Dependency Court.
“If you are taken to Dependency court, the result may be your child being removed from your home and placed in foster care,” the letter read.
CNN has reached out to Wyoming Valley West School District, but has not heard back. The Real Cause Of Children Being Separated From Their Parents
School division says its owed more than $22,000
About 1,000 letters were sent to parents in the district, CNN affiliate WNEP reported, causing an uproar in Luzerne County, near Scranton, and making national headlines.
Wyoming Valley’s Cafeteria Purchase Charging and Insufficient Funds Policy says nothing about parents potentially going to court or giving up their children. It does say that families with a student account that reaches negative $10 or more will receive “an automated call every Friday until the account” is paid off.
Joseph Muth, the director of federal programs for the school district, was identified by WNEP as the man who wrote the letter.
Muth told the affiliate the letter was a “last resort” and that the district is owed more than $22,000 by roughly 1,000 students. Four accounts show parents owe more than $450 each, WNEP reported.
Muth also told the affiliate the school district was considering serving students with delinquent accounts peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.
‘To weaponize my agency was just outrageous’
Because the school division brought up foster care, the incident indirectly brought the Luzerne County Children and Youth Services into the controversy … Read more.