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HOUSTON (KTRK/CNN) - A Texas mom is outraged after her son's school threw his breakfast out, because he was 30 cents short.

Now, she's calling on the school district to make some policy changes.

Jennifer Castilleja had to make and extra trip to her son's middle school in Dickinson, TX.

"Yes, my son called me and told me if I can bring him some money because they took his breakfast from him and he needed money for breakfast," she said.

Her son, a sixth grader at Barber Middle School, is on reduced meals.

He eats off an account that his mother deposits money into, but it was empty.

"I said, 'well, I'm on my way, I'll pay for it,' and she said, no, I would have to bring some money before he could have breakfast," Castilleja said.

The reduced breakfast only cost 30 cents, but the cafeteria server went ahead and threw his breakfast away and sent him to class.

"There was kids all around him. I think he may have been a little embarrassed and upset and, of course, hungry," she said.

TV station KTRK spoke with Dickinson ISD and they said it's a policy they stand by, "Dickinson ISD's procedure is that we do not allow student charges for breakfast. Many school districts follow this same procedure. Students get verbal warnings to let parents know once the account starts getting low. Written warnings are sent home to parents before money runs out."

Castilleja admits either her son forgot to relay the verbal warning or she just forgot to replenish his account.

Either way she feels the policy should allow for breakfast charges of 30 cents that can be repaid.

"Or telling the child, we are going to feed you, but go to the office and call your parent and let them know that you need money, anything rather than send them to class hungry," she said.

So far, there's no word whether the school district plans on making any changes to its breakfast policy.

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