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Hoke teacher in school lunch flap resigns

Posted March 8, 2012

— A pre-kindergarten teacher in Hoke County has resigned after coming under fire after swapping out some children's homemade lunches with school lunches last month.

Margaret Maynor resigned from her position at West Hoke Elementary School on Feb. 28, Assistant Superintendent Cheryl Benson said Thursday. She had worked at the school since September 2007.

Maynor made national headlines three weeks ago by replacing students' lunches with a meal from the school cafeteria featuring chicken nuggets after deeming that the homemade lunches didn't meet set nutritional guidelines.

Conservative bloggers and even members of Congress questioned what they saw as an unwarranted intrusion into youngsters' meals.

Hoke County Schools officials later acknowledged that Maynor made a mistake, saying she was only supposed to provide the missing item – a carton of milk in this case – and not swap out the entire lunch.


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  • dmjr4 Mar 12, 2012

    Plenty Coups... I do apoligize I did overlook the quotation marks....

  • Plenty Coups Mar 9, 2012

    " The teachers and other school officials should take responsibility and provide something for those children, but that is not the case here."

    I agree, but that's the point-the teacher made a simple mistake. A case of trying to follow the rules and directions of the state inspector who told her she was missing "milk".

  • Plenty Coups Mar 9, 2012

    "she should not be arrested as like you are stating she should for her "mistake""

    That is not my comment. Did you notice the quotes?

  • jervin6 Mar 9, 2012

    Plentycoups: I would argue that nothing was missing from this childs lunch thus nothing needed to be replaced. Furthermore the USDA guidelines even allow certain types of juice as I stated before. Yes there are those children that are at risk freely participating in this program and perhaps some bring inadequate lunches. The teachers and other school officials should take responsibility and provide something for those children, but that is not the case here.

  • carroln Mar 9, 2012

    who is she to think that it's alright to make a child eat anything much less take what their parents fixed them and make them, eat the school lunch. She needs firing because this was probably not the first time something like that had been done to a student. It is pretty apparent that she thinks she has alot more power than she really has. I say throw her out and let her get a job where she has no authority.

  • dmjr4 Mar 9, 2012

    Whatever Plenty Coups...Your the reason why I never say anything on these boards because of all the bashing of what other people have to say...

    Yes people make mistakes..I made a mistake by misdialing a phone number earlier today... Does that make me a criminal?? I think not...It was a misunderstanding of what protocal this teacher was supposed to have done with the lunch criteria... she should not be arrested as like you are stating she should for her "mistake"

  • Plenty Coups Mar 9, 2012

    "If you are any kind of government authority, like police, teacher, billing office, and you have the right to take money out of citizens pockets, if you make a mistake you should be arrested. Same as if I make a mistake and put a candy bar into my pocket in the store."

    Everybody makes mistakes. Your logic is perhaps the most ridiculous I have ever read. Seriously.

  • dmjr4 Mar 9, 2012

    Yes the teacher made a mistake. We all make mistakes....
    But when the USDA contradicts itself all the time no wonder she was confused.. Take for instance the USDA requires Milk as part of a healthy meal.. And yet they also say "PINK SLIME" that they are going to be serving is healthy too.???? If McDonalds knows its bad and pulls it, you would think the Government would also keep it off our childrens lunch trays.
    Go figure.. Thats the Government for you......

  • Plenty Coups Mar 9, 2012

    "Because of this president and his wife teachers and staff are now food police. "

    Total nonsense. This is a state program despite what talk radio tries to imply.

  • Plenty Coups Mar 9, 2012

    "Therefore, if you don't think this has anything to do with "big government" you are sorely mistaken!"

    Again, this is a state program. They follow USDA guidelines as they are the only guidelines out there. Would you rather people not know what is actually in your food, how healthy it is, or what people need to avoid nutritional deficiency diseases?

    "Any government that tries to dictate what YOU CAN FEED YOUR CHILD is a big government out of control!"

    No one is forcing you to feed your child healthy food. Calm down. This is the more at 4 program trying to make sure at risk kids had all food groups represented. If you have an issue w/ that, you don't have to put them in "more at 4".

    A history of school lunches: