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PLEASANT GROVE, Utah — A mother in Utah is furious after she says the staff at the local high school fed her special needs daughter food out of a trash can.

When eighth grader Sierra Prince asked for a slice of pizza at lunch, she was told there was none left. After insisting she wanted pizza, a kitchen employee pulled leftover pizza from a nearby trashcan and gave it to her.

The girl knew right away that it didn't taste right.

A diabetic with learning disabilities, Sierra told KSTU she felt she had to listen to her school appointed aid and the staff.

Her mother, Nicole Cordoba, was furious when she found out what happened.

"How could that happen to a child? What adult makes that decision? It’s common sense: We don’t eat out of trash cans.”

KSTU reported that a letter was later sent from the school district to the school.

In part, the director said, “This was totally unacceptable. Your employee needs a reprimand and a discipline warning issued immediately. We never serve food that has been placed in a garbage can.”

It was reported that the lunch manager was placed on administrative leave and the incident is being investigated.

Source: KSTU