After their headmaster said they would not be fed unless their accounts were current, a dad blogger offered to pay their children’s debts to the school.
Neil Foden is the headmaster at Ysgol Dyfryn Nylle school in Wales. He was furious after a letter to parents revealed that he claimed the school’s cook would not provide food for a child. “if their debt has not been cleared”.
Award-winning blogger Simon Harris has since tweeted the school, offering to cover the outstanding £1,800, reports North Wales Live.
After being posted online, the letter of the school was picked up by national media and Marcus Rashford MBE, a school meals campaigner.
On Thursday, he tweeted: “Has the pandemic not taught us anything? Can we not be understanding? Come on now…”
Parents have been given until November 19 to update their child’s accounts. Simon, who goes under Man Behaving Fatherly online, has agreed to pay the money.
The dad of four from Essex, who has thousands of Facebook and Twitter followers, said: “I’ve just made this genuine offer to the management of Ysgol Dyffryn Nantlle on Twitter.
“I will absolutely cover their catering deficit if it stops this madness of kids potentially going hungry.”
He spoke to North Wales Live and added: “We could all sit here and argue about ‘parents who can afford it but won’t pay’ and ‘parents spending the cash on whatever else instead’ until the cows come home.
“It’s not what I care about, but putting the rubbish to sleep and feeding the children.
“One problem at a time.”
Yesterday, Mr Foden stated yesterday that only a “handful of pupils” had run up debts totalling close to £2,000.
Gwynedd Council made the following statement regarding the matter “As a council, we do not operate a blanket policy of refusing meals to pupils, and will discuss this matter directly with the school.”
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