School district official: Staff who served student lunch from trash did so out of ‘panic’

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PLEASANT GROVE, Utah – School administrators apologized to a mother in a meeting Thursday after her daughter was served pizza from a trash can earlier this week.

Sierra Prince is an eighth grade student with special needs who attends Pleasant Grove Junior High School, and she said she feels too humiliated to return to school after she was served a piece of pizza at lunch that came from a trash can.

School district officials spoke about the staff’s decision to give Sierra the pizza, saying that confusion over the girl’s dietary needs played a role. Sierra has diabetes and had been given insulin prior to the meal in question, and the lunch staff thought the dose she had been given meant pizza was the only option, officials said.

Alpine School District Spokeswoman Kimberly Bird said the school-appointed aide who helps Sierra, who has learning disabilities, had a…

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