To read Shell Shocker’s more colorful take on this story on TBS click here.
The other day TB Daily News became the first media outlet to report the real story behind New Hampshire lunch lady Bonnie Kimball‘s claims that she was fired for giving a hungry child free lunch, because the student had no money. The student had in fact received a free lunch, however, he was also given addition a la carte items which she intentionally did not charge him for. In other words, he was not in danger of going hungry, and she was fired for justifiable reasons. Since then she’s gone on to raise over $13,000 with two GoFundMe campaigns, and has been offered her job back, as well as a job with celebrity chef Jose Andres.
To our surprise the mainstream media reported on this hours after we did, and Bonnie has expressed her regrets for drawing this national media spotlight on herself.
The Union Leader has since discovered that she was fired for more legitimate reasons than was first reported by TB Daily News:
The parents of the Mascoma Valley Regional High School student who got free food from fired lunch lady Bonnie Kimball say Kimball sent their son Facebook messages to help her cover up the food giveaway.
“I feel like this whole thing has just gotten out of control,” the boy’s mother said.
Kimball was fired after she said she gave the 17-year-old boy $8 worth of free food when he couldn’t pay. That story has begun to unravel as the food vendor for Mascoma Valley, Cafe Services, is accusing Kimball of having given away food for months and lying about it.
Why is a grown woman conversing with a 17 year old on Facebook? That’s a red flag right there. And had the media announced that the student was 17 there would probably be a lot less public outcry.
“(I)n light of information recently brought forward by a parent, the school district is rescinding its demand that the employee be rehired,” Isabelle said.
The crazy part about this is that she orchestrated this whole thing and it actually worked. All she had to do was accept her old job back. Instead she put her foot on the gas pedal and tried to milk more money out of this. Oops!
The Facebook messages were bizarre:
On Tuesday, the boy’s mother shared Facebook messages with the Union Leader between Kimball and the boy showing she told him on March 28 to pay the $8 tab because the same manager who watched her give him the food would be there the next day. She also wanted the boy to add $20 to his account because the manager would be watching her ring him through the next day.
“We will prolly get written up, but we can make it look good. Lol,” Kimball wrote to the boy.
“What kind of an adult says that to a child?” the mother said.
Kimball told the Union Leader on Monday she allowed the boy to charge to other student accounts, like his friend or girlfriend, because he was a popular “jock.”
Why is a grown adult using teenage vernacular while communicating with a child outside of school? “Prolly” because much like many other high school students, she wanted the approval of the jock clique. Except she’s a grandmother.
The mother inadvertantly brought up a good point that I hadn’t thought of:
And the mother wanted to make something clear:
The mother said her son is not a poor child going hungry, but a 17-year-old who is supposed to pack a lunch for school.
“I have three children, and they are all well-cared for and well-fed,” the mother said. “She did not get fired for feeding a hungry child.”
“My child is paying when he goes through the lunch line, every time he goes through the lunch line,” the mother said.
The lunch lady gave the impression that this student’s parents were irresponsible. If you don’t make sure your kids are able to eat lunch, and if you expect the school to do that for you, then it gives the impression that the school cares more about the well being of your child than you do. I’d be pretty upset if this woman portrayed my parenting in his manner in order to gain sympathy for herself.
After being fired she tried to get the student and his friends to contact the media:
The Facebook messages continued after Kimball was fired, with Kimball telling the boy on March 29 she was fired for giving him the food. Last week, she contacted the boy asking him to round up classmates to contact a reporter who was writing about the situation.
And although Bonnie Kimball made it sound like she knew the mother and her child outside of school, they were not actually friends.
The boy’s mother does not understand why Kimball was giving her son free food.
“We have nothing to do with her outside of the school system,” she said.
Kimball was just trying to impress the jocks. Lesson learned.
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