Dad blogger wants to pay kids’ school debts as headteacher refuses to feed them

A dad blogger has offered to pay children 's outstanding debts to a school after their headmaster declared they wouldn't be fed unless their accounts were up to date.

Neil Foden, the headmaster of Ysgol Dyffryn Nantlle school in Wales, sparked fury earlier this week after a letter to parents was released, in which he said the school cook would not feed a child "if their debt has not been cleared".

Award-winning blogger Simon Harris has since tweeted the school, offering to cover the outstanding £1,800, reports North Wales Live.

The school's letter was posted online and, after being picked up by national media, saw school meals campaigner and England football star Marcus Rashford MBE wade into the debate.

He tweeted on Thursday: "Has the pandemic not taught us anything? Can we not be understanding? Come on now…"

A deadline of November 19 has been set for parents to get their children's accounts up to date but Simon, who goes by Man Behaving Dadly online, has stepped up to pay the cash.

The dad of four from Essex, who has thousands of Facebook and Twitter followers, said: "I’ve just made this genuine offer to the management of Ysgol Dyffryn Nantlle on Twitter.

"I will absolutely cover their catering deficit if it stops this madness of kids potentially going hungry."

Speaking to North Wales Live he added: "We could all sit here and argue about 'parents who can afford it but won’t pay' and 'parents spending the cash on whatever else instead' until the cows come home.

"All I'm interested in is putting this rubbish to bed and getting the kids fed.

"One problem at a time."

Mr Foden said yesterday that just a "handful of pupils" had run up debts totalling close to £2,000.

Gwynedd Council have said regarding the matter: "As a council, we do not operate a blanket policy of refusing meals to pupils, and will discuss this matter directly with the school."

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