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Nebraska school district fires head cook for serving kangaroo meat to students

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A Nebraska school district has fired its head cook after he served chili mixed with kangaroo meat to the students. (Peter Parks/AFP/Getty Images)

A Nebraska school district has fired its head cook after he served chili mixed with kangaroo meat to students, KNEP-TV reported.

Potter-Dix Public Schools Superintendent Mike Williams said Thursday that head cook Kevin Frei no longer works for the district after he served kangaroo meat to junior and senior high students last week.

Williams said the added ingredient was confined to one meal, according to KNEP, which was served Oct. 10. Parents received notification about the incident a week after the meal was served.

What did the letter say?

In a letter dated Oct. 17, Williams informed parents that kangaroo meat was mixed with the beef used to make the chili.

Frei told Williams he had added kangaroo to the chili because of its nutritional value, which he described as a "very lean meat."

"If a family wants to eat exotic foods, they can do so on their own time — not at school," Williams wrote. "This is a matter I am taking very seriously. I do not think that kangaroo meat is unhealthy or dangerous. It has to meet USDA standards in order for companies to sell it."

"But it is without a doubt not a normal staple of our diet and will not, nor will any other non-staple foods, be part of the Potter-Dix meal program," he continued in the letter.

What else?

The superintendent apologized for the "anxiety" and "any harm" it has caused students and their families and promised it would never happen again.

"We will make sure that something like this never occurs again," Williams wrote.

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