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Somebody Needs to Be Ashamed

Hunter Cmelo, 6, a first-grader at Lincoln Elementary in Grants Pass, Ore., is often late for school. That’s because his mother, who drives him there, has health problems. Recently, her car wouldn’t start, and Hunter arrived one minute late. So he was sent to his usual punishment, per Principal Missy Fitzsimmons’ “excessive tardy protocol”: for lunch, he was “shamed” by being forced to sit in the back, behind a barrier so he couldn’t see other students. Hunter’s grandmother says the boy sat there crying, and was taken home. She posted a photo of the punishment on Facebook, which was shared by more than 135,000 people aghast at the shaming tactic. The school has announced it won’t do that anymore; instead, punishment for “chronic tardiness” will take place in a separate room. (RC/KDRV Medford) ...With no windows, and no photography allowed.
Original Publication Date: 01 March 2015
This story is in True’s book collections, in Volume 21.

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