School workers said they had no way of knowing who owed money until after the food was served.
That means they went to the kids who were already eating, took their food, and threw it away.
Parents like Erica Lukes told the Salt Lake Tribune "it was pretty traumatic and humiliating."
Another added “these are young children that shouldn't be punished or humiliated for something the parents obviously need to clear up.”
School worker Jason Olsen said when the district realized a large number of students were behind in their payments, the district tried to contact parents.
When many were unreachable or didn’t return calls the decision was made to pull the meals.
But the Uintah Elementary School later released a statement on their Facebook page saying; “this situation could have and should have been handled in a different manner. We apologize.”
The kids were not left without lunch. Each student who had their lunch taken was given fruit and milk.