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Problem with cafeteria
I am a very upset and concerned parent of three children in the Iowa Park schools.

We send our children to school each day with the feeling that they will be safe and well taken care of. Well, they are safe but well taken care of is a different story.

The kids, especially in Kidwell and Bradford sit through a long morning of work and studies, so by lunch time they are ready to relax and talk and have a little fun. But that is not the case! Me and my husband, like other parents, love and enjoy going to eat lunch with our kids. Unfortunately, the more and more I go, the more and more I am hurt. We end up sitting through the 30 minute lunch either in the dark or listening to the cafeteria monitors yelling at kids from across the room.

I eat with my kids once a week and each week gets worse. The children can’t talk or enjoy their lunch, they just sit there in fear of being singled out and yelled at. Then, today while eating with my son, I hear that the cafeteria monitors can now make them walk laps during recess if they talk when they’re not supposed to. It really truely hurts me when I am eating with my son and he looks at me and says, “Mommy why are they so mean to us?” or, “Momma why do they hate us?”

Lunch and recess are times during school that kids look forward to, or at least I thought. Now I know my kids are either scared or dread it. I understand that working with that amount of kids at one time can be very hard and sometimes frustrating, but how are the kids supposed to learn manners when the monitors are constantly screaming and not using their manners. Is eating lunch in the dark, not being able to look behind you, not being able to talk (not even a whisper) and now having half your recess taken away acceptable?

What do our children and future kids have to look forward to at the Iowa Park schools? Please don’t get me wrong. I love the schools education, it’s the best around! But when my daughter comes home and says that “Mrs. . . . . asked me if I was scared of her,” that tells me we have a problem. I just want what is reiterated to the kids in school everyday, “Treat people as you want to be treated!”

Name withheld by request


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