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School official forced Lake Elsinore girl to eat out of trash can

October 28, 2011 | 11:10 pm

A campus supervisor forced an 8-year-old Lake Elsinore girl to eat her lunch out of a trash can, the girl's mother told the North County Times.

The supervisor at Earl Warren Elementary School retrieved an uneaten sandwich, wrapped in plastic, from the garbage where the third-grader had tossed it and then made the girl eat it.

Lake Elsinore Unified School District Supt. Frank Passarella said it was a one-time mistake.

"We had an employee, I think, who was looking to do the right thing," Passarella told the paper. "I think the employee made a poor decision but did it with the best of intent. ... It won't happen again."

The mother, who the paper identified only as Irene, said her daughter is afraid to eat at school, and they are having lunch together at a local park. She wants to see the supervisor disciplined. School officials said discipline actions are confidential.

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