Noel Estes was incredulous when she saw the flyer from her child's Slidell-area elementary school on Facebook. Surrounded by cartoon drawings of smiling children, it urged students to get their cafeteria bills paid up by Thursday so they could go to the gym for a "Cafeteria Zero-Balance Event" that promised hula-hoops, basketball and other games for those who didn't owe money. "I thought, 'No, this can't be right, they can't do that,' " she said. And even though the deadline was just two days away, Estes immediately set up a GoFundMe account to raise money for overdue balances at Whispering Forest Elementary School "to avoid kids getting their feelings hurt." Estes hit her goal within a few hours, but the social media buzz touched off by the flyer went beyond contributions. Randy Kakumei, who is one of the organizers of STP Helps/Helping Hands St. Tammany, posted about the flyer on that group's page, saying he planned to contact the parish School Board. Others agreed, and apparently they followed through. On Friday, Angela Daviston, a spokeswoman for St. Tammany Parish Schools, said that the central office had asked all schools to cancel any events scheduled with the intention of collecting unpaid balances "to give us a chance to evaluate feedback and clarify the guidelines with our principals at an already scheduled meeting next week." She said that decision was made after it was "brought to our attention" that such events had been scheduled before the discussion took place. Whispering Forest was not the only school trying to use incentives to get bills paid. A flyer from Covington Elementary said that children would be allowed to picnic on the playground during December if they had zero balances in their lunch accounts and before- and after-care accounts. "Please be aware, those that cannot participate are not being punished. They will eat their lunch in the cafeteria as usual," that flyer said. Parents who are critical of the approach say that exclusion does seem like punishment to young children who have no control over whether their bills are paid. "Kids can't be expected to be accountable for their parents," Kakumei said. Singling out kids whose parents