Mum fuming after children fed bread and butter over school dinner debt

An angry mum says her children were left hungry after they were given bread and butter when she did not pay her school meals bill.

Katrina Dakin, 31, said it was “disgusting” that her two children at Ravensdale Junior School, Mickleover, were given a basic lunch of bread, butter and an apple on Monday, April 29.

A spokesperson for the school said it was policy that once a family owe £10 or over, the children are not given dinners.

The mum-of-six, who works 12-hour night shifts at The New Lodge care home in Mickleover, said she was asleep during the day when she received texts from the school saying that her boys, aged nine and 10, had “ordered lunch without payment”.

The text read: “Despite our text messages, Levi and Tyler have ordered lunch today without payment. Please pay on-line or over the phone before 11am or we will not provide lunch.”

An hour later, a second text read: “As we have still not received payment for dinners, the boys will be given bread and butter and an apple at lunchtime.”

Katrina, who lives with her partner Jason, 47, in Mickleover, said: “If I sent my children to school with bread and butter I’d have social services knocking at my door. It’s neglect.

“I work nights so when I turned my phone on at 1.30pm I saw the text when I woke up. I paid it straight away.

“I owed the school £8.80 per child but they know I always pay it. If the school would have confronted me at the start of the day when I took them to school I would have paid it.”

Katrina said she didn’t realise she owed the money because her sons had ordered dinners as well as taking a packed lunch before the Easter holidays.

She said she did not recall receiving any other text messages from the school prior to Monday, April 29.

Katrina added that she contacted the head teacher and said she would pick her children up from school early.

She said: “I took them straight to the shop for a meal deal. They were really hungry, it’s disgusting making them sit in front of their friends and eat bread and butter.