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Teacher Accused of Forcing Boy to Eat Lunch Out of Trash Can

A local teacher was placed on administrative leave Friday after allegedly forcing a 10-year-old boy to retrieve his discarded lunch from the trash and finish eating it in front of his classmates.

The incident occurred Wednesday at Alcott Elementary School in Pomona.

Elena Ramirez said her son, Gilbert, and his entire class was forced to eat lunch in their room on Wednesday because they had to finish an important assignment.

Gilbert quickly threw away his lunch, an unwrapped rib sandwich and a carton of milk, in order to go outside and play, his mother said.

Immediately after he left the classroom, Gilbert said another student ran after him and said his teacher wanted him to come back and finish his lunch.

Gilbert said his teacher asked him to take his food out of the trash and eat it. According to Gilbert, he ate his lunch while his classmates looked on laughing at him.

Late Friday, Richard Martinez, the Superintendent of the Pomona Unified School District issued the following statement:

“This morning, District Officials were notified about a situation that occurred at our Alcott Elementary School. The circumstances involved a student who remained in the classroom during lunch, discarded his food, and was made to retrieve the meal and eat so as not to waste it.  The teacher in the classroom has been placed on administrative leave, while the matter is being further investigated. We take the nature of this incident very seriously and will take appropriate action.