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Student forced to eat pizza from trash

It's only Sierra Prince's second day of school and she's already not looking forward to a third.

The eighth grader at Pleasant Grove Junior High in Utah says when she asked for a piece of pizza for lunch at school, a staff member served her what was left-- from the top of a trash can.

Sierra says, "I didn't really like the taste of it at all. It was nasty."

A diabetic with learning disabilities, Prince says she just did what her aid and staff told her to.

"I didn't want to eat it," she says.  "But I was dosed for pizza anyway because I'm diabetic so I had to eat it."

A decision by the school that isn't sitting well with her mother.

"How could that happen to a child?" says Nicole Cordoba, Sierra's mother. "What adult makes that decision? It's common sense we don't eat out of trash cans."

After Nicole Cordoba complained to the Alpine School District, the Nutrition Services Director sent an email to school employees saying in part:

"This was totally unacceptable.  Your employee needs a reprimand and a discipline warning issued immediately.  We never serve food that has been placed in a garbage can."

Nicole says "Sierra can't make her own decisions on what she eats. That's why they hired the helper. Not only one person made the decision for Sierra to eat out of the trash, three adults did."

Just two days into school, Cordoba is now worried about the remainder of the year.

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