Parents say school shamed son for being late for school
An Oregon first grader is making national news after photos surfaced of the 6-year-old in detention during lunch, sitting at a table alone, separated from his classmates by a cardboard divider. This, for being late to school.
HLN reports, "The school says, now listen, that they keep chronically tardy kids alone during lunch like that to give them extra study time without distractions. I don't see him studying anything."
Hunter, a student at Lincoln Elementary in Grants Pass, is driven to school by his parents, who say they don't want their 6-year-old walking alone next to a busy street.
Since the new year, Hunter has been late at least four times, and according to the school policy: "When a student reaches his/her fourth (4th) tardy in one trimester, he/she will be assigned one lunch/recess Study Session to makeup work missed as a result of the tardy. Each consecutive tardy will result in an additional lunch/recess Study Session."
News of the policy spread after Hunter's grandmother wrote a Facebook post saying Hunter's had lunch detention six times and noting that being tardy is out of Hunter's control. She also voiced concern that, "They make a mockery of him in front of the other students!"
"He, the other morning, he was just flipping out, crying, 'I'm going to be tardy. I'm going to get lunch detention,'" said Nicole Garloff, Hunter's mother.
"I feel like they are shaming him for something that is not in his control. It is our fault that he is late," said Hunter's father.
Hunter's mother told KDRV she struggles with osteoporosis and it's difficult to get out of bed in the mornings. She also said sometimes the family has issues getting the car started.
It reads: "We are pleased to report the meeting was productive. The parents' concerns were politely discussed and, ultimately, the issues were resolved to the satisfaction of both the parents and the school. All parties involved believe that an appropriate resolution has been reached and are anxious to move forward with their normal daily routines."