According to KTRK-TV, Castilleja says her son is on the reduced meal cost plan and her prepaid account had simply run out of funds.
Castilleja says her son forgot to let her know that the fund needed replenishing, but she's furious at how her son was treated, "There were kids all around him. I think he may have been a little embarrassed and upset and, of course, hungry."
The Dickinson School District stands by its policy and says parents are given both a verbal and written warning that their child's meal account is running low.
In a study published last year, researchers in the United Kingdom found that students who miss breakfast show "significantly reduced" performance in class.