The Parent Teacher Student Association took the blame for the letter, saying that it was a "clerical error" and that no such program will be implemented this school year.
A Florida school included a fundraising document in the students' orientation packets that caused a ruckus among parents.
Donations at various levels included certain perks, one of which was allowing children of parents donating $100 or more to go to the front of the lunch line. When parents attended orientation for the 2017-2018 school year, they received a form that not only asked for donations, but also offered incentives. One person who commented said the lunch line pass will make disadvantaged students feel like second-class citizens.
"(The PTSA) which operates independently from the school financially, however, can not make school decisions without the principal's approval", Brian Andrews, principal of the school, told Fox News.
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.
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Parent Chris Stephenson was shocked when he saw the offer while going through his child's packet, and posted it on Facebook. "Hey my dad has more money than you I get to eat first you have to wait you have to wait", Stephenson continued. "You have to wait; you have to wait, '" Stephenson said. "I do not approve of any donation that is tied to any student advantage or privilege on campus".
"This definitely hits home for me, and I am very upset about it", said Brian Andrews, principal of Lawton Chiles Middle Academy. This Family and Business Sponsorship program was explored, but we made a decision to not implement.
According to WTSP, the PTSA said the letter was sent to hundreds of students and parents "due to a clerical error". The intent of our PTSA is to always do the best for our students and families. It says, "Please disregard this form as it was not approved prior to distribution".
"What we do behind these walls, I truly believe we are for all kids, and we will continue to do that", said Andrews.