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.”
This sh*t is despicable!!! This is the kinda sh*t that deters kids from coming to school. I’d like to take care of her school lunch for the year. I hate to hear this type of thing happening to our children. Petty ass peon ass, poor excuse for a grown person. 🤬😡😠😤 pic.twitter.com/sWWWnwMJnp
— T.I. (@Tip) August 19, 2018
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.
What's Your Reaction?
Teddy is a multimedia journalist who serves as the culture and political writer for EBONY. His work has appeared in NBC's Owned and Operated stations, as well as DNAInfo, which covered local neighborhood news in New York City. He received his Masters in Journalism from the Craig Newmark School of Journalism at CUNY in 2017.