Lunchroom employee speaks about investigation after lunches taken from students, thrown in trash

Posted at 10:16 PM, Sep 12, 2014
and last updated 2014-09-13 00:16:00-04

SALT LAKE CITY -- A lunchroom employee who retired in the wake of controversy that arose after lunches were taken away from students and thrown in the trash due to insufficient funds in their lunch accounts is finally speaking up about the issue nearly 8 months later.

A report was released earlier this week, detailing the sequence of events that led up to 17 students at Uinta Elementary School having their lunches taken away from them and put in the trash. The students were given fruit and milk rather than a full lunch.

The report indicated that lunchroom employee Shirley Canham admitted to misdirecting money from some student accounts into other accounts of students who had insufficient funds as well as lying about having contacted parents regarding the deficient accounts.

Some parents of students at the school felt the report unfairly singled-out the employee, known as "Miss Shirley." Click here for details.

Canham finally broke her silence regarding the issue Friday, saying she accepts responsibility for her role in the incident but adding that she believes others are trying to dodge responsibility.

She specifically mentioned the school's principal: "I am so angry because it's Chelsea's school, Chelsea's students. Chelsea should have been in that lunch room the minute she heard that something was going down."

See the video above for more of Canham's comments on the issue.