His Son’s ‘Good Job!’ Stamp Turned Out To Be Something Outrageous!

Jon Bivens’s son, who is in the third grade, came home from school one day with what Jon thought was a ‘good job’ stamp on his arm.

“I thought it was a good job stamp,” Bivens tells AL.com.

But when he took a closer look…

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The stamp did not read ‘Good Job!’, rather, it read: “I need lunch money.”

Bivens was completely caught off guard. Neither him nor his wife were notified prior to the incident that their son’s lunch money balance was low. Usually, they are sent an email whenever their son’s lunch balance is low. However, when they saw this ‘branding’, they were livid.

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“I can’t think of one logical reason why anyone would stamp on a note on a child’s arm,” Bivens tells ThinkProgress. “We have so much technology and multiple ways to communicate.”

The Director of Public Information for Jefferson County Schools Nez Calhoun came to the defense of Gardendale Elementary School. He says that the school acted correctly by following standard procedure.

His reasoning:

“They get a stamp to notify the parents. We’ll call, write letters — whichever way — but all children get stamps when [their accounts] are at zero dollars to get awareness up.”

The Bivens however, think this isn’t a method of raising awareness, they believe it to be a form of “bullying and shaming the kids.”

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“I personally had never heard of [the stamping policy] before my son came home with it,” Bivens says. “My biggest focus was the fact that the schools herd these kids like cattle. Stamping notes onto their arms is just one step closer to school becoming an assembly line.”

The boy’s balance was that of $1.38, his parents kept him from attending the rest of the school year.

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Article: Think Progress