T.I. Offers to Help Florida Teen Who Was Denied Lunch Over 15 Cent Balance

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A Florida teen who had her food thrown out by a cafeteria worker over a 15 cent balance received an offer from T.I. to pay her school lunch for a year, per the Grio. 

The rapper took to Twitter on Sunday saying that the girl being denied school lunch was “despicable.”

“This sh*t is despicable!!! This is the kinda sh*t that deters kids from coming to school,” he wrote. ” I’d like to take care of her school lunch for the year.”

The girl’s mother, Kimberly Aiken, said that her daughter was not able to eat at University High School in Orange City, Florida on Aug. 14 because of a balance that was left over from the previous school year.

“She puts her food on the tray, gets to the front, gives her number to the cashier, and she says, ‘Well, you owe 15 cents,’” Aiken told CBS’s WKMG. “My daughter said she didn’t have any money, so the cashier took her food.”

The nonprofit organization, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, set up a GoFundMe page following the incident saying it is “fighting school districts that maintain policies that penalize students and their families because of their poverty.”

Aiken said she signed her daughter up for the school’s free and reduced lunch program.

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