Bus driver Johnny Cook believed he was doing the right thing when he took to his personal Facebook page to recount the story of a middle school student who approached him to complain about having to go without lunch because he was 40 cents short on his pre-paid cafeteria account.
Many agreed with Cook's position, sharing his words tens thousands of times.
According to Superintendent Brent Stanton, the alleged incident as described by Cook never happened.
The boy also claims that, the following day, he was called into the principal's office and asked "what bus I ride."
Deciding to make the most of his new-found fame coupled with his sudden unemployment, Cook launched a Facebook initiative called Johnny's Kids, which is aimed at raising awareness of hungry schoolkids.
"I think you're gonna have people that decide, once this is out there, 'Let's jump on the bandwagon,'" Superintendent Stanton said back in May. "From my perspective, if there's a problem, they need to address it as quickly as possible. If we don't know there's a problem, we can't address it."
To which Cook responded: "I'm saying there's a problem. Let's look at it, and let's find a solution."