RICHFIELD, Minn. (AP) -- School officials are apologizing after some students at Richfield High School saw their meals thrown away because of outstanding lunch debt.

As many as 40 students in the lunch line Monday had their hot lunches taken off their trays, thrown in the trash and replaced with a cold lunch when a lunchroom staff member at the register saw that they had outstanding lunch debts of more than $15.

Superintendent Steven Unowsky says that the school's nutrition staff "inaccurately and inappropriately implemented alternate lunch.''

Richfield High School Principal Latanya Daniels says the school ``absolutely failed.''

Republican Rep. Tony Jurgens of Cottage Grove has sponsored legislation to ensure that students' meals are not dumped. Jurgens says there is no reason to waste food and shame students because of account balance issues.

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