Fair Lawn lunch money shakedown not the work of a bully, but the school itself
FAIR LAWN — During an assembly on Wednesday, numerous high school seniors were allegedly the targets of a "name and shame" by administrators, who called the students out for being delinquent on lunch or library payments.
One student who tweeted a picture of the assembly said those students were threatened with the withholding of their diplomas if they did not settle their debts.
ABC7 Eyewitness News reported that some of the students were actually teased in front of their peers, instead of the usual — and more discreet — practice of sending notes home to the kids' parents or notifying homeroom teachers.
Students who were singled out, many of them caught off-guard, told ABC7 they were planning to pay up.
Fair Lawn's district superintendent was not in the office Wednesday to respond to requests for comment.
Patrick Lavery produces "New Jersey's First News" and is New Jersey 101.5's morning drive breaking news reporter. He graduated from high school 12 years ago this month (and had perfect attendance all four years). Follow him on Twitter @plavery1015 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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