Cafeteria worker quit her job because she had to deny a student hot lunch

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There are many reasons why you might quit your job, but this woman's may be one of the saddest. Stacy Koltiska left her job as a cafeteria worker after she had to refuse a student hot lunch because he was behind on payment.

Koltiska announced her resignation from her position at Wylandville Elementary School in Pennsylvania on Facebook:

She explained the new policy for the Canon-McMillan School District in the post. If a student is behind $25 or more on paying their lunch, they would be denied food if they are in grades 7 through 12. If they were in the younger grades, they would get a cold lunch including a sandwich, vegetable or fruit and milk.

Koltiska described the sandwich, saying, "You don't know is that they are being given one piece of cheese on bread. This isn't even being toasted." Despite not being served a full lunch, they are charged the full price.

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Pizza Roll-Ups

"Really easy and tasty. I added mushrooms and onions to mine."

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Yogurt Fruit Bars

"I made these to freeze and pack in the kids' lunches — they're so good! It was easy to sub in the ingredients I had on hand for a yummy treat."

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Ham & Cream Cheese Roll-Ups

"These roll-ups taste great. They're super easy to make and just delicious."

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Secret Sandwich

"These are so easy, yummy and a fun alternative to another boring sandwich. I used Hawaiian sweet rolls with turkey and Havarti, and they were delicious!"

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Lunchbox Pizza Quesadillas

"The whole family loved these. I used pizza sauce and mozzarella cheese. I will try freezing them for quick snacks for the kids."

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Peanut Butter & Jelly Sushi Rolls

"I made these for my 7-year-old's lunch. She was so excited! I put the whole rolls in the fridge overnight and sliced in the morning. They were much easier to slice cold."

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Copycat Pizza Lunchable

"I've been making the cheese-and-cracker Lunchables at home, but I never thought to make the pizza ones. My kindergartener loved it."

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BLT Pinwheels

"I made these for my grand kids and they loved them — as did their parents."

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Zucchini & Corn Muffins

"Very moist and yummy muffins with a nice crunchy crust — YUM! I liked how easy these were to prepare and how quickly they came together."

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Kiddos Favorite Trail Mix

"We had a blast making this. My kids polished off the whole batch and asked to make more."

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Frosted Pretzels

"This was a fun project. My kids and I had a good time putting them together."

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Banana & Oatmeal Sponge Cookies

"My kid love these cookies. They're a great, healthy snack on-the-go."

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Apples & Peanut Butter

"This is a delicious and healthy way to start the day."

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Ants on a Log

"I made up a batch of these for school lunchboxes. They are very good! We like these better than the ones with the peanut butter."

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No-Bake Granola Bars

"This gets a 'seriously yum' rating from me! They were easy to make and are pretty healthy too!"

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Two-Toned Sandwiches

"What a fun idea! I just used one cookie-cutter shape — a teddy bear — for my daughter's lunch yesterday. It worked great and she loved it!"

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Ham & Cheese Muffins

"Easy to make and delicious! Great for a quick snack, but would also be great for breakfast, lunch, dinner, brunch or tea — or elevenses, anyone? Yum!"

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Frozen Fruit Cups

"My kids loved these, and I love the fact that they don't have a lot of extra sugar. I put some in a large container for dinner and some into one-cup plastic freezer jars to use in lunchboxes."

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School of Fish

Your kids will go gaga for these little swimmers. It's amazing what you can do with four simple ingredients!

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Cheesy Pretzel Dippers

"I like opening up my lunchbox and finding these! I tell my friends they are magic cheese wands. They are awesome with honey Dijon mustard."

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Goldfish Checkerboard Sandwiches

"This was so fun! My son was a little freaked out by the white and wheat bread until I explained it was like a checkerboard. Then I made this when we had two extra kids over and it was a hit."

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Tortilla Stars

"This is a fantastic idea. They are everyone's favorite snack at my house."

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Cinnamon Apple Chips

"Fun and easy to make. Not very sweet at all, which I liked. Made a great snack alternative to potato chips."

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Pizza Scrolls

"I love these. They are perfect for my kids' lunchboxes, as they don't love traditional sandwiches. I will be using this recipe forever!"

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Peanut Butter & Chocolate Chip Mini Muffins

"My kids loved these. Mention was made of giving them 'a gazillion stars.' They were very tasty."

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Sweet & Salty Cereal Bars

"These are so good and so much cheaper than buying them in the grocery store! Definitely a keeper!"

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Cheesy Taco Pockets

"These are very family-friendly, and the cheese ties the ingredients together well. They are awesome with sour cream and salsa!"

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Thermos Noodle Soup

"I'm giving this recipe five stars for sheer simplicity. It also happens to taste really great. Soup with no stove? Yes, please."

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Lunchbox Muffins

"These are great! My 4-year-old is super picky, so her lunch-box gets a little boring — these are perfect. Next time I'm going to make a double batch!"

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Lunchbox Fun-Due

"Wonderful! This is such a great idea. My daughter isn't a big sandwich fan, so this really was right up her alley."

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Hummus Pizza

For a fun twist on a lunch-room favorite, try packing the veggies separately so your kiddo can build his or her own pizza at lunch.

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Snack Stackers (Lunchbox Surprise)

"Great idea! My first-grader loved it. He's always begging for the ones already made up at the store, which I refuse to buy."

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Taco Roll-Ups

"My daughter and her friend ate these and loved them. There are some more in the freezer that I am sure will be great!"

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Angry Birds Bento Box

"My son loves rice balls (onigiri), so I decided to make him an Angry Birds lunch box! My hubby was more impressed and snatched it for his office lunch instead!"

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California Rollwich

"I made this for my grandson. He loves avocados, so that made it easy to sneak in other veggies."

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Parmesan Puff Pastry Twists

"These were so easy and so delicious. I only had a small package of puff pastry and it worked just fine."

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Frogs

"These taste good and look adorable. They are great for a kids."

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Club Wraps

"What a wonderful lunch idea. These are just delicious."

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Ants on a Raft

"This is a yummy snack. I love that they're made with things that I always have around the house."

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Yummy to the Tummy Clocks

"This is a very cute idea for snack time."

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Cream Cheese & Cucumber Sailboats

"This is such a fun recipe for kids and adults alike. I love the cute look and the fresh taste."

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Lady Grapefruit

"What a great idea. This motivated me to look for more recipes where I can decorate food for my kids."

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Orange Julius Roll-Ups

"This is like a healthier way to make candy. It is a great recipe, I was very pleased."

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Zoo Cupcakes

Pick your kid's favorite animal to re-create as a tasty cupcake, or go hog-wild and make the whole zoo.

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Frozen Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwiches

"I pack three kids' lunches every day and it's something I dread, but this makes it so much better. Also great to keep on hand for a super-quick dinner or snack when you're running out the door."

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Ultimate Lunchbox Muffins

"These are so tasty and also have a lovely texture — very moist and soft on the inside, with a great crunchy crust. Who knew that healthy muffins could be this easy and tasty?!"

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Lunchbox Taco Chicken Soup

"Great recipe! My son always asks for me to make it to take in his school lunch."

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Nemo Clownfish Snacks

"Easy and cute - who doesn't love Nemo?"

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PB&J Apple Roll-Ups

"I made these for lunch and they were absolutely wonderful. I wouldn't change a thing."

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Muffin Weenies

"These were really easy to make, and they taste even better the next day. These are great quickie after-school snacks and are also very portable."

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On the Friday of the first week of school, Koltiska had to give a paltry sandwich to a first grade child. "I will never forget the look on his face and then his eyes welled up with tears," she wrote. She vowed to resign the next week, and she did.

According to local ABC affiliate WTAE, the school district enacted the rule after over 300 families have racked up an unpaid lunch balance of thousands of dollars.

District Superintendent Matthew Daniels told WTAE that the policy is not meant to embarrass children, but keep parents accountable. He also said that it was not a small amount of money owed, but up to $100,000 per year. No less than 70 families had an unpaid balance at one time.

Koltiska wants there to be a different tactic to solve this problem. "I'm not saying the parents shouldn't be held accountable, but I think there has to be a better way than involving the children," she said.

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