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HUGHESVILLE, LYCOMING COUNTY, Pa. -- A pictured snapped by a student at Hughesville High School is going viral after he found a little more than he expected in his school lunch.

The student, who has asked to remain unidentified, found a corn earworm in his lunch, according to WNEP.

Of course, word spread quickly throughout the school, and shortly after, the picture went viral on social media.

Junior Dylan Lawson told WNEP, "I saw it on a Snapchat story. I was sitting in economics class and just looked at my phone and there was a worm in someone's popcorn chicken bowl. Honestly, I think that's disgusting.”

“I just saw a picture about it during sixth period, just thought it was disgusting,” said senior Dalton Clarkson.

The East Lycoming School District superintendent confirmed a corn earworm was found in the student's lunch.

Superintendent Michael Pawlik said:

“At the end of our high school lunch period, a student showed a cafeteria worker a bug that they had found in their 'popcorn chicken bowl'. A ‘popcorn chicken bowl’ consists of mashed potatoes, mixed with corn and topped with popcorn chicken and gravy. After the student showed the cafeteria staff the bug, they stopped serving the popcorn chicken entrée.

“After investigating, it is our belief that the bug was actually a corn ear worm that came in the USDA federal subsidized corn commodity. We have since filed a complaint form with the USDA.”

Students say they knew this wasn't the fault of anyone working in the cafeteria.

“I know the lunch ladies very well and they're all really nice people,” said Lawson. “I know that they would never intentionally do that or anything. They're all really nice people here.”

“To be honest, the lunch ladies are very nice, and I know one of them and they don't do that stuff,” said Hoffman.

Now, students may be inspecting their school lunches more thoroughly.