School Offers Job To Cafeteria Worker It Fired For Feeding Needy Student

An Idaho school district has offered to rehire a cafeteria worker it fired last week, apparently for giving free food to a needy student. 

A swift backlash overwhelmed Pocatello/Chubbuck School District 25 after Dalene Bowden, a so-called lunch lady at Irving Middle School, revealed she'd been fired on Dec. 18, allegedly for giving a $1.70 hot lunch to a 12-year-old girl who couldn't afford it. Bowden said she offered to pay for the meal, but that her supervisor was still displeased.

She was placed on unpaid leave for two days. Then, a termination letter from the district's director of human resources arrived, which Bowden posted to Facebook. The letter accused Bowden of stealing school property and inaccurately recording transactions.  To read more