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updated 5/13/2011 11:37:29 AM ET 2011-05-13T15:37:29

A Pennsylvania school came up with a novel way of dishing out punishment for its students for behaving badly during lunch: No hot meals.

The pre-kindergarten through eighth-grade students at Camp Curtain School have received cold sandwiches this week as punishment for misbehavior, including failure to clean up after themselves, school officials told The Harrisburg Patriot-News.

"We created the opportunity where we could show them what the bare minimum would be,” the administrator told the local Patriot-News, adding lunches still included fruit and vegetables.

Better behaved
Since doling out sandwiches, an administrator said he has seen an improvement in student behavior, the newspaper reported.

Camp Curtain students will be able to get back their chicken nuggets or meatball subs with dip on Monday. 

Attempts by msnbc.com to contact school officials on Friday were unsuccessful.

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