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Florida kids can skip lunch line for $100

Florida kids can skip lunch line for $100

The principal said he also brought up the issue with the school's PTSA group.

The program has, understandably, caused outrage among numerous parents at the school.

A Florida middle school has come under fire after a fundraising form was sent out to parents stating that for a $100 donation a student would be granted a "front of the lunch line pass".

The sponsorship program was created by the PTSA at the Lawton Chiles Middle Academy in an effort to raise funds for the school.

"You've got those who can pay and those who can't", said an angry parent, who felt students whose parents couldn't afford to pay $100 would be disrespected and open to ridicule.

"Like they can't have thought, 'hey, this is a great idea!'" the parent, Chris Stephenson, said.

According to the school's principal, Brian Andrews, the PTSA failed to get approval before presenting its ideas to parents.

A school letter went home to parents in Sarasota, Florida saying their kids could move to the front of the lunch line in the cafeteria if they sent in extra money. "This fundraiser will not be taking place at Lawton Chiles Middle Academy".

"They are all volunteers and any money they generate benefits the students and school". We offer a variety of fundraising options for our students and families to choose from each year. Stephenson told the media outlet he was enraged when he saw the form. This Family and Business Sponsorship program was explored, but we chose to not implement.

The PTSA said the form was accidentally put in the orientation packets and that it will not be there in the future. The intent of our PTSA is to always do the best for our students and families.

Andrews told WLFA he did not approve of this fundraiser and he was not aware that sponsor forms for such a fundraiser were inside orientation packets.

"Where were the checkpoints missed", said Stephenson. "Who allowed and approved documents to be distributed to 300 some-odd students without having read it?"

"What we do behind these walls, I truly believe we are for all kids, and we will continue to do that", said Andrews.