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10-year-old student forced to eat from trash at school

Posted at 12:05 AM, Feb 23, 2014

POMONA, Ca. (KTLA) -- A California student claims that his teacher made him eat food from the trash.

10-year-old Gilbert Lopez says that after he threw away his lunch, his teacher made him pull the sandwich out of the garbage and had him finish eating it in front of his fellow classmates.

Lopez told our sister station, KTLA, that he had told his teacher that he wasn't hungry, but that she forced him to eat the sandwich anyway.

"It made me feel sad because a lot of people were watching me and they laughed," Lopez said. "I felt disgusted."

Another student reported the incident to the principal because Lopez says he was too embarrassed to tell anyone.

In response to the situation, Pomona Unified School district Superintendent released a statement:

"[Lopez] was made to retrieve the meal and eat as so not to waste it. The teacher has been placed on administrative leave while the matter is being further investigated."