A mum has been left fuming after a school dinner lady told her daughter to eat a sandwich she had thrown in the bin.
Seteasha, 31, said Cianna-Rae, eight, was told to eat the cheese sandwich that she had thrown away, which was reportedly “tasteless and the bread hard”.
Claiming that “not even a dog gets treated like this”, the mum-of-one wants her daughter out of Osborne Primary School in Birmingham, as well as an apology, Birmingham Live reports.
The primary school said the children’s sandwiches are securely sealed in clingfilm and then placed in paper bags.
It also added that the bin is only used to dispose of paper bags and are not used to deposit food waste.
Cianna-Rae said: “I sat down but the bread was a bit hard and there wasn’t any butter or anything, it was just plain cheese, so I threw it in the bin and a dinner lady told me to eat it.
“I took it out of the bin and when she wasn’t looking, I put it back in the bin and then went outside.”
Mum Seteasha said: “I felt absolutely disgusted. Not even a dog gets treated like that. Why was she told to take it out of the bin and eat it?”
The 31-year-old added: “My daughter explained to me that she and two other friends didn’t like their lunch, so they put it in the bin.
“A dinner lady saw this and made them take the food out of the bin and eat it. The girls didn’t eat it and threw it in the bin again.
“They haven’t eaten the food, but it’s still the principle. Food has been taken out of the bin – whether it’s wrapped or not. It’s disgusting.”
She added: “The school hasn’t apologised. They just said the sandwiches were wrapped, therefore the food hadn’t been contaminated.
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“But, at the end of the day, it’s still a bin. There’s still bacteria on the outside of the packaging.”
The mum said she made her concerns known to the headteacher, but feels the situation was not taken seriously.
She explained: “There’s been previous issues at the school. I’m a parent and I’m quite open. If my daughter has a problem or something has happened, it should be resolved.
“Some parents don’t say anything, they don’t question things.”
She added: “We need to get her out. We are going to get her out now. It’s time to move.”
Seteasha said the incident happened on January 21, but was told to wait 10 days for feedback from the school.
A spokesperson for Osborne Primary School said: “We have taken the time to investigate after this concern was raised, to understand the circumstances and establish what can be learned in terms of improving the children’s lunchtime options and experience.
“We have also tried to keep the parents of all the children informed.
“The lunchtime supervisor became concerned that the children hadn’t eaten their lunch, which remained unopened. They had chosen cheese sandwiches, which are wrapped in clingfilm and placed inside individual paper bags.
“The bin in question is only used to deposit the individual paper bags in.
“However, as a result of the supervisor’s concern, we have identified that the choice of sandwiches on offer to these children was the root of the problem.
“We have now adapted the menu to provide specific sandwiches for them, to ensure they can have a lunch which they will enjoy.”
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