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School officials to investigate cafeteria incident at Richlands High School

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Parents hand out bagged lunches to students across the street from Richlands High School after an incident  that took place the day before in the school cafeteria. Parents hand out bagged lunches to students across the street from Richlands High School after an incident that took place the day before in the school cafeteria.
Kimberly Ringstaff / photo courtesy: Richlands High School Facebook page Kimberly Ringstaff / photo courtesy: Richlands High School Facebook page
TAZEWELL COUNTY, VA (WVVA) -

Students and their parents are angry over an incident that took place on Thursday during lunch at Richlands High School.

WVVA has been flooded with phone calls and Facebook messages after some students were not fed lunch.

According to Tazewell County School Superintendent Christine Kinser, students who had unpaid lunch charge balances were told to leave their trays at the cash register. Kinser says that a miscommunication occurred. Cafeteria workers were apparently told not give lunches to around 15 students who owed excessive amounts. Instead, all students who owed money were denied lunch. We do not know how many students were affected.

"We are deeply sorry this happened. It should not have happened. To say we're sorry after it happened doesn't fix it. But we are deeply sorry and we are investigating and we are going to get it fixed," says Kinser.

An online petition calling for the resignation of Richlands High School Principal Kimberly Ringstaff has more than 3300 signatures. According to the petition, Ringstaff told the students that if they drove thru the McDonald's they would not be able to eat for free, therefore they could not eat for free in the lunch room. WVVA has not been able to verify whether or not these words were ever said.

The following message was posted on the school's Facebook page Thursday:

RHS sincerely apologizes for the confusion during our lunch periods today. There was a misunderstanding on collection of lunch charges. We sincerely apologize for this misunderstanding.

Bagged lunches, made by a group of parents, were handed out to students Friday morning from a business parking lot across the street from the school.

Look for more on this story on WVVA News at 5 and 6. 

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