Everybody keeps saying that the teachers were wrong to withhold food, but I just re-read the original post & that is NOT what happened. The student was given food, became angry, and threw it out. He CHOSE to refuse the food. It seems to me that all the teacher did was say "OK, you threw away your food, now you have nothing left to eat." Don't we all have to learn to make good choices? Didn't the OP just reinforce that no matter how bad your choice is, we will always make it better for you? Unfortunately, that is not how life works. More often than not, good choices have good results for us and bad choices have bad results for us. A VERY valuable lesson, indeed. No food was ever taken away from him, and 1 skipped meal will not affect growth & development. I think he was deprived of one of life's lessons.