Parents can’t know everything that’s going on with their kid at school, but usually, there isn’t much reason for concern. However, one couple became increasingly concerned when their daughter, who has always been a good student, started blatantly lying to them.
To try and figure out what was really going on with their daughter, the parents decided to ask a teacher for help. The teacher began to share her parents’ concern when she started to outright lie to him as well.
However, when the teacher eventually figured out what was going on with his student, he didn’t only share the moving reason with her parents, he shared the story online which has since gone viral.
Third-grade teacher, Mr. D, had always known Katie to be a terrific student if not an example for the rest of the class. This is why he was shocked when he found out she was in trouble with her parents.
“She worked hard, loved learning, did her homework, had concerned and active parents, was attentive and a risk taker,” Mr. D stated. “And she was never, ever a discipline problem.”
However, Mr. D received a phone call from Katie’s parents asking for his help. Her mother and father explained that she had not been given permission to buy snacks at school, but she was racking up a serious cafeteria bill.
Mr. D and Katie’s parents could not understand why Katie would be charging extra items in the cafeteria to her parents’ bill. They sent her off with a great homemade lunch every morning.
Katie’s parents tried to sit down with her and figure out why she was misbehaving. That’s where the lying began, which prompted them to ask Mr. D for help.
“It was so unlike Katie to purposefully misbehave, and it was totally out of character for her to ignore her parents,” Mr. D recalled.
Mr. D started his investigation by asking the cafeteria lady if she knew what was going on. The cafeteria lady informed him that she charged a lunch every day and took the tray to her table and ate it.
Mr. D couldn’t understand why this would be, saying, “I had seen the lunches Katie brought and had thought to myself that I wouldn’t mind if her mom packed me a lunch once in awhile.”
Mr. D asked Katie to stay in at recess to ask her some questions, but she showed him the same stubborn attitude that she showed her parents. She refused to tell the truth. “I have a pretty good ‘disappointed teacher’ look, but it had no effect on her,” Mr. D said.
When he asked Katie why she was charging lunches, she simply stated that she just needed lunch. When he asked where the lunches her mother packed for her were going, she countered by saying she lost it every single day.
Mr. D couldn’t believe Katie was openly ignoring him, but he knew there was something that wasn’t right. He started to wonder if maybe someone was bullying her and stealing her lunch.
“No one is stealing my lunch, Mr. D. I just lose it,” Katie told him. This put Mr D. in a tricky situation. The school has a law stating that a student with no lunch must be provided one. The family then gets billed for it unless they qualified for free or reduced lunch, which Katie’s parents would not.
It seemed like there was nothing Mr. D could do to help Katie or her parents until he noticed a boy, who was new to the school, eating alone at a lunch table. He then noticed that his lunch bag had the name “Katie” on it.
Mr. D then put the pieces together and discovered that the new boy confided in Katie and the two had a secret pact. The boy’s parents apparently would not take a “handout” from the school and that he would get into trouble if he charged a lunch. She was just making sure he had something to eat every day.
After realizing what was going on, Mr. D told Katie’s parents, who were incredibly proud of their child. “She didn’t care that her parents had grounded her,” Mr. D wrote. “She didn’t care that I was disappointed in her. She didn’t care about any of these things as she cared about a little boy who was hungry and scared and keepings his embarrassment a secret.”
“Katie still buys lunch every day at school,” Mr. D concluded his shared story. “And every day, as she heads out the door, her mom hands her a delicious homemade lunch.”