PLEASANT GROVE, Utah - The mother of a Utah special needs student is furious after her daughter was given pizza out of the trash. She explains she had to eat it because she is diabetic.
It's only Sierra Prince's second day of school and she's already not looking forward to a third. The eighth grader at Pleasant Grove Junior High says when she asked for a piece of pizza for lunch at school, a staff member served her what was left from the top of a trash can.
"I didn't really like the taste of it at all. It was nasty," said Sierra.
A diabetic with learning disabilities, prince says she just did what her aid and staff told her to.
"I didn't want to eat it but I was dosed for pizza anyway because I'm diabetic so I had to eat it," said Sierra.
A decision by the school that isn't sitting well with her mother.
"How could that happen to a child? What adult makes that decision? It's common sense; we don't eat out of trash cans," said her mom, Nicole Cordoba.
After Nicole complained to the alpine school district, the nutrition services director sent an email to school employees saying in part, "this was totally unacceptable. Your employee needs a reprimand and a discipline warning issued immediately. We never serve food that has been placed in a garbage can."
"Sierra can't make her own decisions on what she eats. That's why they hired the helper. Not only one person made the decision for Sierra to eat out of the trash, three adults did," said Nicole.
Just two days into school, Nicole is now worried about the remainder of the year.
"Just make sure our kids are safe. That's why we send them to school so they can learn and they're safe. We don't send them there so they can eat out of the trash can," said Nicole.