Stacy Koltiska was happy working in the cafeteria at Wylandville Elementary, a school near Pittsburgh. That is, until a new school lunch policy changed everything.
Wylandville started a policy for students in kindergarten through sixth grade to receive a "cheese sandwich" instead of a hot meal if their lunch account was in negative $25 or more. And as Koltiska puts it, this "sandwich" wasn't much of a sandwich.
In a Facebook post, she wrote, "They are being given one piece of cheese on bread. This isn't even being toasted. Yet they are still being charged the FULL PRICE of a HOT LUNCH that is being DENIED to them."
And Koltiska saw the negative effects of this denial firsthand, after she was forced to take away a hot lunch from a first grader.
She wrote, "I will never forget the look on his face and then his eyes welled up with tears."
When she had to take another student's lunch away the following week, she decided she couldn't take it anymore. So she resigned.
And she publicly called out the problematic policy in her Facebook post.
"What makes this even MORE SICKENING is that we throw so much food away EVERY DAY," she wrote. "So our children are being served cheese, being charged and denied the hot food that we then throw away."
On top of that, Koltiska feels like this policy is humiliating children, rather than holding parents accountable for their actions.
So she no longer wants a part of "lunch shaming."