A school lunch worker in Idaho who said she was fired for giving a free hot lunch to a hungry student can now have her job back, thanks to the power of international social media, but she’s not sure she wants it.
The story of the worker, Dalene Bowden, drew worldwide headlines and condemnation. Phone calls, tweets and Facebook comments poured in, and thousands signed an online petition in support of Bowden.
The crisis seemed to have been averted Wednesday night with an offer of reinstatement. But Bowden told the Idaho State Journal that she was hesitant to accept the offer.
“I have to think about it,” Bowden said. “I’m afraid that they would just make my life miserable and then try to set me up, or get rid of me some other way.”
Bowden told the State Journal that she was dismissed after giving a student a free hot lunch on Dec. 15. The girl had said she did not have the $1.70 to pay for it.
Bowden said a supervisor saw what she did and sent her home, refusing her offer to pay for the meal. She later received a termination letter.