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Plot TWIST: Cafeteria Lady Who Allegedly Gave a Free Meal to a Hungry Child Was Actually Giving Him Special Treatment Because He Was ‘Popular’

In a surprising twist to the viral story about the cafeteria lady who was fired for giving a student a free meal, the catering company that serves the Mascoma Valley school district revealed that the student in question had actually not been charged for meals in three months.

On March 28th, Bonnie Kimball was fired from her job as a cafeteria worker because she allegedly gave a student $8 worth of free food when he was low on funds.

According to a report by Union Leader, Bonnie Kimball, the cafeteria lady at the center of the scandal, claimed she had been giving the boy food for free because he was a “popular jock”.

According to Café Services, Inc, it is district policy that “every student in the lunch line gets lunch” and “now that there is a change in staff, this student’s account shows regular activity”, when in the three months previous, the account had showed no transactions. “This employee was dishonest and was let go for not following procedures,” said Brian Stone, President of Fresh Picks Cafe.

The story gained traction and international attention when celebrity chef José Andrés tweeted out his support of Kimball and offered her a job in his charity organization, World Central Kitchen.

At the time, the backlash to Kimball’s termination was so widespread and severe that the school district apologized and offered Kimball her job back.

“It is our goal to do right by our families, community, students and employees,” Superintendent Amanda Isabelle said at the time. “The events of these past few weeks and the feedback I have received from parents has given me considerable pause.”

But as more evidence came to light on the cafeteria worker’s motivations, the situation appears to be more complicated.

According to a statement by Fresh Picks, the catering company under contract with the Mascoma Valley school district, Kimball was initially dishonest about charging the boy as well as the amount of funds in the boy’s account.

“The employee told the manager that she charged the student’s account for the lunch,” said Stone in a recorded statement. “But, the manager later confirmed there were no charges on the account. So, what the employee said was not true.”

Additionally, the mother of the 17-year-old boy says that Kimball has been privately messaging her son on Facebook.

The mother of the 17-year-old male student has revealed to the press that Kimball has been messaging her son on Facebook in order to orchestrate what appears to be a cover-up. According to the message, Kimball told the boy to load money to his card for the next day because she knew her manager would be watching her.

“We will prolly [sic] get written up, but we can make it look good. Lol,” Kimball allegedly wrote to the teen through Facebook messages.

“What kind of an adult says that to a child?,” said the boy’s mother to the Union Leader.

The mother of the 17-year-old student also wanted to clarify the false reports that her child was too poor to afford lunch or was “going hungry”.

“I have three children, and they are all well-cared for and well-fed”, she said. “She did not get fired for feeding a hungry child”.

Alabama Won't Air The Gay Wedding On 'Arthur' But Couldn't Resist Legislating Your Uterus

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Alabama Won’t Air The Gay Wedding On ‘Arthur’ But Couldn’t Resist Legislating Your Uterus

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Children in Alabama won’t be watching the groundbreaking episode of “Arthur,” at least not on any of the states PBS affiliates.

Alabama Public Television has chosen not to air the Season 22 premiere of the hit kids show because it lovingly features a same-sex marriage.

Sorry, Alabama, you’re missing out.

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PBS affiliates in Alabama didn’t join in with the 8-year-old aardvark and his friends as they celebrated their instructor’s nuptials, refusing to air the episode. The network said they would “violate” their audience’s trust if they were to air it.

The episode, titled “Mr. Ratburn and the Special Someone,” shows Arthur and his pals’ beloved teacher getting married to another man. The kids initially think Mr. Ratburn is marrying a woman, another rat, but she turns out to be Mr. Ratburn’s sister. Instead, he marries an aardvark named Patrick.

So Alabama, this is how you should have reacted.

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Because 100% same! It’s 2019, I’m in my 30s, and I’m just finding out that Mr. Ratburn is gay?!

Or maybe like this considering discrimination towards same-sex couples is an actual threat.

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Even though same-sex marriage is legal even in Alabama. Although the state’s former Supreme Court Justice Roy Moore was removed from his post for trying to circumvent marriage equality in 2016.

But apparently, this isn’t the first time Alabama stole “Arthur” from kids.

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I mean it almost seems like PBS in Alabama just doesn’t want Alabama to know that gay people exist…

I mean even conservative news hosts are coming out and putting Alabama on blast for this ridiculous decision.

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Like real talk: you know things are bad when conservatives pundits come out to support a same-sex marriage between a rat and an aardvark.

Many on Twitter were quick to point out what I think many of us are already thinking:

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This would at least help explain some of the insanity coming out of the state over the last few months.

But some were a bit more blunt.

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I mean this news is coming from Alabama which just made it a law so that a raped 11-year-old girl could have to carry a pregnancy to term. WTF?

Like this is the state that just took away a woman’s constitutional right to an abortion.

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The banning of the “Arthur” episode is just another incident in a troubling pattern of attacking people’s rights.

The Alabama abortion law wasn’t just an attack on women but women of color in particular. Latinas are more than twice as likely as non-POC to seek an abortion for reasons ranging from economic insecurity to racism and reduced opportunities.

Some on Twitter couldn’t help but point out the shocking irony in this latest news out of the state.

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Like seriously Alabama, where are your priorities?

Though not all in Alabama were celebrating the decision.

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Thankfully, not everyone in Alabama supported the homophobic move. And to each of you, know that you can still stream the episode online!

And thank you to this Twitter user who clapped back at a state that seems to be turning its back on anyone who isn’t a straight, white, male!

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Seriously, Alabama, come on! It’s 2019 and the world is changing. Get. With. It.

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