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Boss says fired cafeteria worker hadn’t charged student’s account in 3 months

John Huff/Portsmouth Herald via Associated Press/Portsmouth Herald via AP

A New Hampshire cafeteria worker fired for giving lunch to a boy who couldn’t pay had not charged the student’s account for three months, Brian Stone, chief executive of Cafe Services, the food vendor for the district where she worked, said in a video Monday.

Bonnie Kimball allowed the boy to take the food and told him to have his mother put the money on his account, she previously told the Globe. She said the boy had money the next day, but she was fired for theft.

Stone said Kimball, whom he did not mention by name, told her manager she added the charge to the student’s account, but her manager confirmed that there were no charges on his account.

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“Despite the fact that the student goes through the line frequently, according to the employee, this student hadn’t been charged for anything for the previous three months,” Stone said.

The Mascoma Valley Regional School District has also rescinded its demand that Kimball be rehired “in light of information recently brought forward by a parent,” Superintendent Amanda Isabelle said in a statement Tuesday night.

Isabelle previously said Cafe Services would rehire Kimball and pay her for lost wages, but Kimball said she wouldn’t accept the offer according to previous Globe reporting.

The school district has commissioned an independent administrative review of the incident, she said.

“We have been overwhelmed by a crush of national and international media interest in this incident, but I do not believe we have yet seen a full and complete retelling of the facts,” Isabelle said in the statement.


Andrew Stanton can be reached at andrew.stanton@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @_andrewstanton.