Johnny Cook was fired for speaking out on behalf of a 6th grader who could not afford lunch and is now seeking redemption as the bus driver files a federal lawsuit.
Cook claims he was fired after he made a post which reads:
A lil flustered this evening.
A middle schooler got on my bus this evening and said mr johnny im hungry. I said why are you hungry buddy? Didn’t you eat lunch ? He said no sir I didn’t have any money on my account. I said they would let you charge it? No sir.
Huh! What! This child is already on reduced lunch and we can’t let him eat. Are you kidding me? I’m certain there was leftover food thrown away today. But kids were turned away because they didn’t have .40 on there account .
As a tax payer, I would much rather feed a child than throw it away. I would rather feed a child than to give food stamps to a crack head.
My number is 770 871 **** the next time we can’t feed a kid for forty cent, please call me . We will scrape up the money.
This is what the world has come to.
The district allegedly gave Johnny Cook an ultimatum after that post: apologize for writing it and correct the comments he made on Facebook following a two-week suspension or be let go. Cook refused to change the post and the district fired him. According to Haralson County district, Cook violated the social media policy. Moreover, they claim the lunch incident never took place.
Bus Driver Johnny Cook Fired After Speaking Out for Hungry 6th Grader Files Lawsuit.