Amanda

By Amanda

LifeBuzz Staff

Third Grader Came Home With THIS On His Arm, And Dad Is Rightly Outraged.

We've all heard stories about bullying at school: Kids gang up on other kids to make them feel less-than, taunting and teasing them until they're upset. For many children, the affects of that kind of relentless bullying can last a lifetime. That's why one dad in Alabama took it very seriously when he thought his kid was being bullied -- but this time, instead of being bullied by his fellow students, dad felt his son was being bullied by the school itself.

It's almost hard to believe, but the problem started when the school used an unconventional approach to let parents know that their child's lunch account was running low. Find out what they did -- and ultimately, dad's strong reaction -- below, and decide for yourself: Is this a case of school-on-student bullying, or a sensitive parent who simply doesn't agree with the school's methods of communication. Do you agree with this parent's outcry?

This is Gardendale Elementary School in Alabama.

It's where a man named Jon Bivens sends his son to school.

This is Gardendale Elementary School in Alabama.

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Most of the kids at school buy their lunches every day.

The lunches are "bought" using a refillable card, and parents put money in the card's account for the month.

Most of the kids at school buy their lunches every day.

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Jon Bivens' son usually packs his lunch.

However, he still has a card because every once in awhile he uses the money to buy ice cream or snacks.

Jon Bivens' son usually packs his lunch.

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Normally, when the student's account it running low, parents receive an email from the school.

He said that during his son’s last week of third grade, the boy decided to buy some ice cream, which brought his balance down to $1.38.

Normally, when the student's account it running low, parents receive an email from the school.

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That's where the problem originated.

Bivens said he was horrified by the way the school chose to inform him that his child was out of lunch money.

That's where the problem originated.

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