The story announced that the popular local restaurant was closing after it failed a food inspection.
The story was very detailed, providing the supposed reasons for the failure. The story quoted a fictitious food inspector as claiming he found such things as the restaurant reusing uneaten food off of plates and queso dip that was a month old being served to patrons.
The story quoted fictitious patrons, and stated that some are considering suing the restaurant.
The story ends “Goodbye La Caretta.”
A manager at the Mandeville location of La Carreta restaurant, who spoke anonymously, said they have received numerous calls questioning if the restaurant was open but it does not appear the article has affected business at all.
He said it was obvious the story was fake. “They didn’t even spell it the same,” he said, “and it isn’t even a food inspector. It is food inspectors that do the inspections, and we have never failed an inspection.”
In his letter Bundy states that he has spoken with the teacher involved and “we will definitely take steps to make sure this type of article is never published again.”
He offers the restaurant free advertising to help make up for running the story.
Superintendent W. L. "Trey" Folse III said he was made aware of the story late Friday and his office is looking into the incident.
"The story that appeared in the April Fools edition of MHS's student newspaper is not true and is unfortunate. I became aware of the situation on Friday night. I immediately began discussing with school officials the details of what happened and we continue to look into the issue. I have spoken to the owner of La Carreta and assured her we will keep her informed as we continue to investigate."