We sometimes hear stories that make us smile and it other times, they can stress us out. Every once in awhile, however, we hear a story that makes us stand up and want to take action. It typically involves some type of injustice and that is exactly what Johnny Cook experienced. He lost his job as a school bus driver in Georgia, not because he did something wrong but because he stood up for what he believed. He is now working as a horse trainer but when he drove the bus for Haralson County middle school, it was his responsibility to keep all of the students safe.
In 2013, one of his students got on the bus and talked about how he was hungry. Johnny decided to talk to the student and ask why he didn’t have anything to eat. It seems as if the school would not serve him lunch because he was short $0.40. The bus driver was incensed, as most of us would be as well. There is no excuse for leaving a young child hungry all day long for any reason. He decided he would air his frustration on Facebook.
The story was shared on Facebook with friends and family. He also mentioned that those in charge of the school should change the lunch plan.
“Huh! What! This child is already on reduced lunch and we can’t let him eat. Are you kidding me? I’m certain there was leftover food thrown away today. But kids were turned away because they didn’t have .40 on there account .” the post reads.
People were agreeing when he shared the post because they wanted it to be spread.
The superintendent, however, had other thoughts. He didn’t like what Johnny did and he gave him an ultimatum. Either he apologizes for posting the story and say it was a lie or he would lose his job.
The bus driver stuck to his scruples and didn’t even consider saying he was sorry. He wanted the truth to be known about a child that was hungry.
“I felt like, in my heart of hearts, the kid was telling me the truth. Whether he was, whether he wasn’t, I believed him, so I wasn’t going to recant the story.”
The superintendent and the school say that the incident never took place. The security cameras at the school prove that the boy wasn’t even in the lunch line that day, according to their records. They also said that even if he didn’t have money, a bagged lunch would have been offered.
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Source: Bored Daddy