posted on Jul, 31 2013 @ 12:31 PM
A Cambridge primary school dinner lady has been sacked for accidentally serving pork to a Muslim pupil.
Alison Waldock, 51, claims she served 7-year-old Khadija Darr the gammon after the youngster pointed to the dish on the lunch menu. It is understood
the mistake was spotted by the school’s headteacher who swept the plate away from the youngster before she had chance to eat it, and the girl’s
parents were then informed who complained to the school’s catering firm.
Dinner lady of 11 years Alison was suspended while chiefs investigated. She insisted it was a genuine mistake but she told a national newspaper how
she was dismissed a month later, following an appeal, for gross misconduct due to “negligence, carelessness or idleness”.
British Muslim groups have branded the decision to sack her “heavy-handed” and an “overreaction”. While Alison today claimed she was being
made a scapegoat - and is now too afraid to ever take another job as a dinner lady. The mum-of-two said: “I feel the school and catering company
made me a scapegoat so they can’t be seen as politically incorrect. “I was really upset when I found out what I’d done. I’d never have done
something like this on purpose. It was a simple mistake - I was so gutted with the school’s reaction.
She says that there were around 40 pupils with various dietary requirements at the school and it was impossible to keep track of them with the lists
she was given.
40 pupils with various dietary requirements! I dont remember anything like that in the schools I attended, if you had a problem with what was being
served then you had to bring a pack lunch or do without.
I feel quite sorry for this lady, sounds like a genuine mistake to me. I dont think sacking her was the right thing to do.
Even Inayat Buglawala the chair of Campaign Muslim4UK, said “Dismissing a dinner lady for inadvertently serving pig meat is an overreaction.
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Lady_Tuatha because: to fix link
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