It's been a whirlwind week in Canaan, NH, with television cameras descending on the town of fewer than 4,000 after news of a cafeteria worker being fired for giving a student a free meal garnered national media attention. that she had lost her job when a supervisor caught her giving food worth $ 8 to a student whose account had no money. She received a support from the story of viral, including a job offering from celebrity chef José Andrés, and the contractor employed here to rehire her.
But now the school district has withdrawn its support for Kimball after the student's motherball information with the New Hampshire Union Leader suggesting Kimball song and engaged in a "cover-up."
Kimball served lunch in the cafeteria of Mascoma Valley Regional High for nearly five years, according to the Valley News, when she was fired March 29. The Union Leader reported, based on her account, that the termination came in response to a manager catching here giving one meal to a student who had no money in his lunch account.
After an outpouring of public support for Kimball, the president of the Café Services subsidiary employed here, Brian Stone, said in May 1
That same day, Kimb all told the Associated Press she was not interested in taking the job back, alleging that the company, Fresh Picks Café, had offered her job back "so that it could keep its contract [with the school district]."
But the mother of the student who got the free lunch from Kimball now has the Union Leader that Kimball has been dishonest. She said that her son, a 17-year-old, was supposed to bring his own lunches.
"I have three children, and they are all well-cared for and well-fed," the mother customs the Union Leader . "She did not get fired for a hungry child."
The woman, who the Union Leader did not name to protect her privacy, also shared Facebook messages from Kimball to the teenager attempting to cover up her account given to the news media
"We want to get written up," wrote Kimball, according to the messages cited by the Union Leader, "but we can make it look good. Lol."
Stone said that the teenager received free food from Kimball for three months, not just one meal.
The student's mother duty the Union Leader that she did not know why Kimball was giving her son free food.
"We have nothing to do with her outside of the school
After the story went viral, Kimball started a GoFundMe account that has raised $ 8,498 as of May 24. representative of GoFundMe, who had previously verified the account, told The Wa shington Post, "GoFundMe will honor refund requests from donors. To date, we did not receive any requests for refunds. "
When first reached for comment May 17, a Café Services representative duty The Post that" the information reported is untrue "but declined to elaborate. The school district superintendent, Amanda Isabelle, confirmed that district policy is to provide lunch to every student, regardless of their ability to pay.
On May 20, Stone, the president of the Café Services subsidiary who employed Kimball, released a video statement explanation that while he had not commented on the matter before out of "respect for the privacy and confidentiality of our employees," he wanted to correct the record.
"This student was not charged for anything for the previous three months," Stone said . "This employee was dishonest and was late for not following procedures."
Isabelle, the school district superintendent, wrote in May 22 Facebook post that the district was "rescinding its demand that the employee be rehired. "
" We have been overwhelmed by a crush of national and international media interest in this incident, "Isabelle wrote," but I do not believe we have seen a full and complete retelling of the facts. " In a separate statement sent to The Post, Stone said he hoped the attention could be directed to organizations such as Friends of Mascoma, which supports nutrition in the area. He closed his video statement with a call for a return to normal.
"We'd like to get back to the business of feeding kids," he said, "because that's what we love to do." 19659002]