20 May School dinner lady sacked for letting boy who couldn’t affo…
A DINNER lady sacked for giving a poor student a free lunch has refused an offer to have her old job back after support and job offers have flooded in.
Bonnie Kimball was fired on March 28 from Mascoma Valley Regional High School in New Hampshire, US, despite the boy promising to pay the following day.
She had known the boy’s parents since they were children and was confident he would settle the $8 bill – which he did 24 hour later.
But she was still fired by the district manager of Café Services, the food services company which hired her.
Now she has turned down an offer by the firm to rehire her.
This comes after the school district, in a statement, said it requested the right to be released from its contract with the catering company next year following Bonnie’s firing.
“First and foremost, it is our goal to do right by our families, community, students and employees at the Mascoma Valley Regional School District,” Superintendent Amanda Isabelle said.
“The events of these past few weeks and the feedback I have received from parents has given me considerable pause.”
Kimball, who has four grandchildren, said she had no intention of returning to her old job and accused the company of only offering to rehire her “so that it could keep its contract.”
The Mascoma Regional School Board voted Tuesday to continue using the company for another year, despite the controversy involving Kimball.
The Valley News reported that the alleged firing has angered Kimball’s co-workers, some of whom quit in protest.
Parents at the school also said they were upset by Kimball’s sudden departure and demanded she be rehired.
SACKED FOR KINDNESS
Some even started a GoFundMe campaign for her that had raised more than $5,000 by Friday night.
Kimball said she had also received an outpouring of support on her Facebook page, including from a Us Navy SEAL and a professional football player.
Chef Jose Andres, who provided free meals to federal workers during the government shutdown earlier this year, said he wants to hire Bonnie.
In a tweet calling her a “hero, he wrote: ” If she needs a job we have openings at @thinkfoodgroup if you know her, let her know!
Bonnie spoke about how she felt when she was fired
She said: “When I walked out of the school the day that I got fired, all that was going through my head was that I wouldn’t be able to show my face again.
“People would think I was a thief,” she said, adding the support since then “makes me feel good.”
“Lord, all the support and TV stations,” she added of the interview requests. “I am like ‘Why are they contacting me?’ I’m still in awe.”