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District apologizes after taking student lunches

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SALT LAKE CITY — A school district apologized Thursday to outraged parents after about 30 students at a Salt Lake City school had their lunches thrown out because of outstanding balances on their food accounts.

Salt Lake City School District spokesman Jason Olsen said the district is investigating what happened at Uintah Elementary and working to make sure it doesn’t happen again.

‘‘This was a mistake. This was handled wrong,’’ Olsen said during a news conference outside the school. ‘‘There shouldn’t have been food taken away from these students once they went through that line.’’

Erica Lukes said her 11-year-old daughter came home Tuesday and reported that officials had taken away her deep dish pizza and thrown it out. The action was ‘‘humiliating and demoralizing,’’ Erica Lukes said.

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