Parents: Son Forced to Eat Lunch Out of Trash

ORANGE, Calif. (KTLA) — The parents of a 7-year-old boy are angry after they say a teacher at his school forced him to eat his lunch out of a garbage can.

armando-picRenee Medrano says she was forced to pull her son Armando out of his second-grade class at Orange Fletcher Elementary School.

She says that a teacher there — who was actually Armando’s kindergarten teacher — forced her son to eat his food out of a garbage can.

“It made me feel sad becasue I didn’t know if it would make me sick or anything,” Armando told KTLA.

Renee says that Armando is a picky eater. He didn’t like his cafeteria fajitas on January 25, so he threw them away.

According to Renee, a teacher there then took Armando’s food out of the trash and ordered him to eat it.

“At the end I still just threw it away,” Armando said.

Renee says she met with the teacher, who admitted what she had done.

“She was real defensive,” Renee recalled. “She said she just worried about, you know, that he wasn’t going to eat enough.”

“She said that because the trash can had a clean liner that she didn’t think it was a big deal.”

The embarrassment from the incident now has Armando at a new school and a bit further from his friends.

KTLA’s calls to the school district, the school’s principal and the teacher were not answered on Tuesday.

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98 comments

  • simple sinner

    Once again, if I were the parent I would be very very angry! He is a child. If he did not want to eat it then the teacher should have let him go without. Simple as that.

  • mamabear831

    Apparently, some of you have no idea what the new government mandated standards are for school lunches. I had the misfortune of seeing it first hand, and I wouldn't eat the slop if I was a homeless bum on the street. If a child misses lunch, he's not going to starve to death. And for those of you commenting that he should be forced to eat it, you obviously, no wait, HOPEFULLY don't have children. Would you eat something that you found unappealing? Would you "reconsider" after it had been in a trash can?> Didn't think so.

  • bee

    why you dont you all eat your lunch out of the trash! my god!!! picky eater or not doesn not warrant eating food out of a trash can you morons!!!

  • Guest

    This child's behavior is indicative of most children in today's society. Do not like so throw it away. Although, he appears to be in need of a good diet and likely more exercise so could skip a meal here or there.

    I blame many of the child psychologists as well as the government for the way youth are today. They tell parents what they can or should do as for discipline or not do.
    One thing I hear a lot is SOME of these so-called child experts (many with no children of their own just some form of training/education in child development) saying things like, "Oh, you would not want to hurt your child's feelings. Making them cry and not giving them what they want when they want is deprivation and can harm their self-image. Never should make a child do something or eat something they do not like…blah blah…" "

  • Guy

    This was a "NO WIN" situation for both the school and the teacher. If he hadn't eaten he would have complained to his Mom and she would have threatened a lawsuit for starving her kid. Either way the school loses!

  • Sam

    Kids have been throwing away their school lunches since they began serving them. I worked in the cafeteria when I was in 6th grade 40+ years ago and it was happening then. There are many reasons, picky eater, food allergies, not hungry… I really don't understand why this teacher seemed to over-react. I doubt he was the only kid to throw his fajitas out. Perhaps there is a history there? More to the story?

  • mark

    THIS CHALOOPA EATIN KID SHOULDN'T BE HERE TO START WITH….HE SHOULD BE IN SCHOOL IN MEXICO!!!!…..THIS IS NOT MEXICO!…….OUR SCHOOLS WERE NEVER EVER BUILT FOR YOUR MEXICAN KIDS TO BE GOING TO……YOUR COUNTRY IS CALLED MEXICO, NOT AMERICA!

    • Kelly Doke

      Wow, Mark. Your clear eloquence and gratuitous use of capital letters doesn't hide your open-mindedness. When you hurl out mindless insults next time, make sure you spell "chalupa" right…

  • Pete

    All these racial comments towards the family and kid, real grown up. I'd like you see your reaction if it was your child, race has nothing to do with this.

  • Geogal

    Yeah….the teacher shouldn't have done that. But then….I get so tired of reading stories where a child did something they shouldn't have done, and get paraded around on the news like they are only a victim, and did nothing whatsoever to initiate the situation.
    Maybe if the mother was a bit more attentive….by making lunches that he WILL eat or instructing him to decline the food in the first place rather than throwing it out. The lunch options are never surprises at schools, you know ahead of time what will be served.

  • Mostasteless

    The kid should get used to it, all kids should. In the future that's all that will be left for them after this generation.

  • TMN

    While I understand he is a picky eater, the menu is sent home for review. On the days he does not want to eat the school lunch then his parents should make his lunch so the food is not wasted. The teacher should NEVER have pulled the lunch from the trash and forced him to eat it. She should have acted like an adult and called the parents if it was an on going problem which it does not seem to be from the story written here.
    What I don't understand is how people can comment in such a mean way about the parents or even the child. You do not know them so stop being so judgmental. Stick to the story!

  • Mel

    my goodness i cannot believe all of the mean and hateful comments that i am reading. this issue has nothing to do with whether the lunch was free, whether the boy is overweight, or whether the mom is a good mother; the issue at hand is that a teacher took food from a garbage can and forced a kid to eat it. that is unsanitary and disgusting! who cares if he wasted the food? it is not the job of teachers to be the food police and make sure that the kids are cleaning their plates. they are there to educate the kids. geez people never cease to amaze me with their asinine thinking.

  • Sharky

    well back in my day I witness a kid drop his lunch on floor and teacher made him eat it off the floor. i made sure it didnt happen to me.

  • Loving mom

    Are you people serious?? Sickens me how cruel some of these comments are! He's still a baby and no matter what he doesn't "need" to miss a meal cause he's at a healthy weight. He still only 7 people! If you all treat your kids the way you say in your posts, no wonder this world has turned to crap! They are only little once, love them like there's no tomorrow and in case you all didn't know they would of had to throw that "precious" food away at the end of the day anyway! Yes there are hungry kids out there but I would love to see the ones making comments sending their scraps in the mail. I'm pretty sure you all throw food away. I would of tore that teachers head off and shoved it into the dumpster outside. Too many cruel horrible people…..pray for them

  • Jody Murphy

    The point is…a child has forced to eat food from the trash. It doesn't matter if he paid full price, half price or if it was free. Educators need to be held responsible for their actions. This teacher needs to be removed from further contact with children. We need to get the schools/educators under control.

  • Really?

    Really people? Picking on the size of the mother and the child. That's not what this is about. It's about teachers who feel they have much more authority than they do and that they can do whatever they want to children and get away with it. That teacher should be fired.

  • KTR

    That happened to me in school 45 years ago. Nothing changes — some teachers are just evil, hateful creatures — another reason I'm glad I don't have kids.

  • ANNA

    OH MY GOSH WHAT WORLD WE LIVE IN. GIVE THE TEACHER AT BREAK WHEN I WAS IN SCHOOL WE ATE THE FOOD WE WERE GIVEN. IF WE DIDNT LIKE THE LUNCH ON THAT DAY WE BROUGHT OUR OWN. PARENTS NEED TO BE MORE RESPONSIBLE. QUIT BLAMING THE SCHOOLS FOR THEY'RE PROBLEM CHILD.


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