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WWL-TV reports there has been a possible explosion in Washington Parish early Tuesday morning. The station stated on its website officials are on their way to the town of Isabel to investigate. According toMore >>
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A 13-year-old boy was arrested and charged with second degree murder after his 5-year-old sister died Sunday. Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Detectives say the boy admitted to practicing "WWE" moves on the girl, even after she told him that she was in pain. More >>
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Louisiana State Police reports I-10 East is closed at Whiskey Bay on the Atchafalaya Basin Bridge due to multiple crashes. Traffic on I-10 East is being diverted onto I-49 North.Drivers trying to get toMore >>
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A man accused of stealing air conditioners was arrested on theft and drug charges Monday. Johnny Williams Jr., 34, of Hammond, faces charges of felony theft and possession of marijuana. The Tangipahoa ParishMore >>
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Tuesday, June 18 2013 11:37 AM EDT2013-06-18 15:37:41 GMT
Sheriff's deputies are asking for the public's help in finding a suspected rapist. The Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office reported Justo Venegas, 31, is wanted on a charge of forcible rape. Chief DeputyMore >>
Sheriff's deputies are asking for the public's help in finding a suspected rapist. He is wanted for forcible rape involving a girl. More >>
HANCOCK COUNTY, MS (WLOX) -
Hancock County School District is cracking down on parents who don't pay their kids' school lunch bills.
This week, the district began providing alternative lunches for children. But that has some parents upset, who say their kids are being singled out in front of their friends.
Cafeteria workers at Hancock High School spent Thursday morning getting ready for a busy lunch rush. But not all lunches are created equal, if families are behind in payments.
"My granddaughter got in line. They told her she had a $20 bill. They let them get their tray, sit down, came and took their trays off the table and their milk, dumped it in the garbage, brought them two slices of bread and a cold piece of cheese, and laid it on the table and told them to eat that because they had a bill," said Willie Ellis.
Ellis isn't exaggerating. Superintendent Alan Dedeaux admits some students are getting different meals, if they have an outstanding cafeteria bill. Simply put, the district is losing money on lunches.
"If the Food Service Nutrition Department in our district doesn't break even, we have to take money from other areas, from the academic side, to make up those monies," Dedeaux said.
But taking hot food away from children and replacing it with a cold sandwich seems cruel and wasteful to this grandmother.
"Some of these kids, that's the only meals they get. If you're going to throw it in the garbage, why not just let the child eat it? I mean that's ridiculous," Ellis said.
"My granddaughter is not deprived of any food. They eat very good, but that's beside the point. She's 7 and a half years old. Do you know how embarrassing that was to her? And that's going to stay with that child."
The superintendent said embarrassment isn't the goal. He points out that there is a government subsidized free and reduced cost lunch program for the financially strapped. But the district can't pick up the tab for those who simply forget to pay.
"They can keep up with the balances of their children for the lunches and they can even pay online," said Dedeaux.
The superintendent said most parents are responding and paying their overdue bills. Tuesday, cafeteria workers prepared 88 alternative meals. Wednesday that number was down to 33. Thursday there were just eight children who received the alternative meals.
He also warns families to prepare for higher lunch prices next year. In addition to making up for unpaid tabs, a recent state audit found Hancock County's lunch prices are too low.