Johnny Cook had no intention of opening any floodgates when he published an honest Facebook post in May 2013, but that is exactly what happened. Social media users couldn't keep from engaging with Cook's troubling story of a student unable to eat lunch due to having zero money in his account.

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According to Time, Cook, a Georgia bus driver working in Haralson County, learned of the incident on May 21st when a hungry student boarded his bus and told him that he was refused lunch that day. Cook took to Facebook to express his concern and frustration over the incident:

"A middle schooler got on my bus this evening and said mr johnny im hungry. I said why are you hungry buddy? Didn’t you eat lunch ? He said no sir I didn’t have any money on my account. I said they would let you charge it? No sir.

Huh! What! This child is already on reduced lunch and we can’t let him eat. Are you kidding me? I’m certian there was leftover food thrown away today. But kids were turned away because they didn’t have .40 on there account .
As a tax payer, I would much rather feed a child than throw it away. I would rather feed a child than to give food stamps to a crack head."

Cook's way of bringing awareness to a disturbing school issue sparked both outrage, applause, and ultimately the loss of his job.

According to CBS 46, Haralson County Superintendent Brett Stanton met with Cook the day after his Facebook post went viral and told Cook that he could retract his statements made in the post or expect termination. Cook refused to recant, which prompted his termination and enormous public outcry. In an interview with CNN, Cook explains that he has received letters and phone calls from scores of strangers who have been affected by his story.

According to CBS 46, Stanton explained that he conducted a thorough investigation into the incident and reviewed video footage taken in the cafeteria during that day. Stanton states that the boy could not have been denied lunch because surveillance shows that he never went through the lunch line.

Cook still stands by his confidence in the student, who later issued a statement explaining what happened that day and how he could not eat lunch because he had no money.

For more details on this story, watch video coverage of the event below.