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Hoke Co. school district offers defense in lunch flap

RAEFORD, NC (AP) — The Hoke County school system is defending the way it handled a controversy over students’ lunches that drew national attention.

The county school board on Monday released documents relating to the incident, including the letter of resignation written by Margaret Maynor, the pre-kindergarten teacher at the center of the dispute.

Three 4-year-olds in Maynor’s class got cafeteria meals after the teacher said their homemade lunches failed to meet federal dietary guidelines. Maynor resigned after being suspended.

Hoke education officials say Maynor should have supplemented the children’s packed lunches with additional items.

The district’s lawyer says she was not suspended for the lunch incident, but because she gave contradictory and inaccurate statements about the situation to administrators.

A call to a telephone listing for Maynor was not immediately returned Tuesday.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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