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POCATELLO, Idaho — A southeastern Idaho cafeteria worker says she was fired for giving a student a free meal, but the school district offered her the job back after a national outcry.

Dalene Bowden received a termination letter from the Pocatello School District last week after she gave a tray of food to a 12-year-old student who said she didn't have money for the meal costing $1.70. The letter cited theft as the reason for her dismissal.

The district said in a statement Wednesday night that it doesn't fire workers for single events but offered Bowden her job back in the spirit of the holidays. It's not clear if she will return.

The district says it works with various programs to help children who are hungry, need medical care or who are homeless.


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  • Spankthemonkey
    December 24, 2015 at 1:09 p.m.

    A holes.

    December 24, 2015 at 1:50 p.m.

    Sounds like the good folks of Pocatello need to fire their school board. To punish someone for giving food to a hungry child goes beyond the pale.

  • TimberTopper
    December 24, 2015 at 3:39 p.m.

    The school board is lying, they fired this lady for theft. And then turn around and offer her job back to her. I would hope there is someone in that city that will give this lady a better opportunity than that _ _ _ _ _ p school board.

    December 24, 2015 at 4:05 p.m.

    The person(s) who signed the termination letter need to be fired; and the school board members who voted for the dismissal need to do kitchen duty 1 day a week, every week for 170 weeks.

  • FreeSpiritMan
    December 24, 2015 at 6:24 p.m.

    Just a bunch of conservatives doing what conservatives do best.

    December 24, 2015 at 9:41 p.m.

    Conservatives are Ruining the World for all mankind, Crap like this happens all across America everyday, and most of the Time the news does not pick up on it, Jailing People for Feeding the Homeless, Police tearing down Camps during Snowstorm turning the Homeless into true Homeless People, This Party of Hate needs to Read their Bibles a Little CLOSER.

  • GCW
    December 24, 2015 at 10:24 p.m.

    National Stupid Public School Administration Decision of the Week winner.

  • DontDrinkDatKoolAid
    December 25, 2015 at 3:45 p.m.

    FSM, Bear, where did you get your information from?

  • RaylanGivens
    December 25, 2015 at 5:52 p.m.

    Always the scumbags like FSM and Beartrap to spew their narrow minded hateful bile.

  • NoCrossNoCrown
    December 26, 2015 at 5:30 p.m.

    FSM and Bear, You two must have hit two dogs with that rock you threw...
    Just listen to them
    They will probably call me that feared and dreaded term "LIBERAL" now!!
    But just consider the source!