School Lunch Lady Sneaks Food to Hungry Kid & Loses Her Job For It

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school lunchA lunch lady fired from her job for "stealing" from the school is back in the cafeteria today, and it's making me feel better about the kinds of people who work with our kids. That's because Dianne Brame's alleged crime wasn't evil. She was just trying to put food in the tummy of one hungry child.

Brame was fired earlier this month after school officials found out she'd let a fourth grader rack up a $45 bill -- $35 more than the cut-off. But when the community found out why she'd done it, they started putting pressure on administrators at Hudson Elementary in Webster Groves, Missouri to put her back on the payroll. Turns out they actually like people working at a school who really care about kids.

According to Brame, the little guy should have been eligible for the free lunch program, and she'd sent letters home to his family about it. But there was a language barrier there that seemed to be keeping them from filling it out. She worried that the boy would be bullied by kids who saw him eating the cheese sandwiches set aside for kids who didn't have lunch money; so she let him keep charging the regular meal.

As a taxpayer, I understand the district's reaction.

But as a mom, I'm on Brame's side here. I send my daughter to school every morning knowing that no one out there is going to love her as much as her father and I do.

And yet, I feel confident putting her on that school bus because we've been pretty blessed with amazing school staff -- people like Dianne Brame. My daughter has a bus driver who has been known to open up the bus at night so my daughter could retrieve a forgotten stuffed animal. She has teachers who have treated her with love and compassion, teachers who appreciate her unique personality.

I've heard certain teachers say that they love their students, and I don't doubt it. It may not be the same as parental love, but if you've chosen to work in a school, I sure as heck hope you love kids.

If you're working at a school, you can't look at it as "just another job." Working with kids isn't just a means to a paycheck. It's a responsibility and a blessing and a labor of love all in one. It's a job where you're entrusted with the care of other people's children, and you had best take it seriously.

I want people like Dianne Brame working in my child's school because that means they are putting children first, treating our kids like human beings.

How about you? Has a school staffer ever gone above and beyond for your child?


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Rhond... RhondaVeggie

She wasn't fired for letting the kid rack up the bill. She was fired because she stopped charging him but gave him food anyway which is theft. She could have kept ringing him up, could have given him the cheese sandwich, could have talked to the principal. Instead she chose to steal from her employer.

momof... momof030404

Yeah....I get where you are trying to go here but no. If SHE had PAID for his lunch and been fired, I get the feel good story and would be raging right next to her. The truth is she STOLE it. There are entirely too many options inplace so that child would not have starved. There is Free/reduced lunches, there is the cheese sandwhich option, there is the talk to the principal or ( and I know this is nuts and all) the PARENTS option. Its all sweet and cute whe its the one kid.....what if it was more? and then every school had people doing this? The schools are BROKE and firing teachers due to lack of money....this food is not mana from heaven that cost the school nothing!

nonmember avatar yeah

The teachers and staff at my kids' school all go above and beyond to help the students. I love my town and school.

nonmember avatar NoWay

And do you realize they throw out a lot of food at the end of the day. Why not feed a hungry student instead of the garbage can?

nonmember avatar Ireland

I agree with you NoWay. We pay for the lunches with our tax money. It's not like she was feeding the whole class. Some people are so selfish who ever reported her could said oh let's help this child and split his or her bill.

hello... hellokd87

Thank you, NoWay, for posting that. At my high school, the food that was left over was donated to the convent of one of the nuns who teaches and when she found out that my parents were struggling financially (bless her heart) she would give half of the food to my mom (who also works part-time because of lupus). There are people in need that could use that food, like the little boy. To the posters who are angry that she "gave" him food, would you have rather had him starve???

Flori... Floridamom96

It is fine and even noble to give away what belongs to you. It is theft to take from someone else and give it away. It really is that simple.

Vegeta Vegeta

Bullied for eating cheese sandwiches? That's all I ate in school and nobody cared. She should have spoken to the principal or asked someone who knew the parents language to help write a letter.

Irela... Ireland69

It might have been theft but for the right reason Floridamom96. she should've received a warning not been fired. 

Rosas... RosasMummy

my daughter is 2 and in the third room in her nursery, I love her nursery I felt like the key workers she had in babies and first steps absolutely adored her and that made me have no worries leaving her there. I really really love that nursery, it's gonna be pretty emotional for me when we time there is over

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