School: ‘No hungry kids’: School Defends Firing Hungry Kids
Published: June 6, 2015
School: ‘No hungry kids’: School Defends Firing Hungry Kids, “There are no hungry kids.” A Cherry Creek School District spokesperson defended the district’s actions in firing an elementary school kitchen manager for allegedly feeding students who couldn’t afford lunch. The news of Della Curry’s firing broke Tuesday and made it around the world by Wednesday night.
“It has nothing to do with her giving free food to hungry kids?” Tom Mustin, a reporter for our sister station KCNC, asked Tustin Amole.
The district spokesperson said no.
“We feed every child,” Amole responded. She told Mustin that Curry’s firing had nothing to do with giving students free food.
But Curry says that’s exactly why she was fired last week.
“I had a first grader in front of me crying that she doesn’t have enough money for lunch. Yes, I gave her lunch. … I’ll own that I broke the law. The law needs to change,” she said.
Curry told KCNC she paid for many lunches out of her own pocket.
The school she worked for, Dakota Valley Elementary in Aurora, said they provide hot meals to students the first three times lunch money is forgotten. The fourth time, they’ll give the student a cheese sandwich and milk–which Curry says isn’t a sufficient meal.
The district says Curry is misleading the public about her firing, which has drawn scathing criticism from across the country.
It is so unfortunate that she is able to provide inaccurate information that I can’t address because of state privacy issues,” Amole told KCNC. “There are a number of documented issues that would have led to the action that we took.”
Amole told KCNC she could only go into specifics if Curry gave permission to release her personnel file.
Curry says the district is trying to protect itself.
“Which is fine,” she told Mustin. “But all I can tell you is the truth,”
Curry is now in New York, where she’s taking part in a series of interviews. She told Mustin she hopes her inadvertent fame can lead to “real change” on a national level.
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