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School principal under fire after forcing young students to march more than 2 hours in the heat as punishment

By Mason White 12:51 PM June 17, 2014
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By: Aarav Sen
A school principal of North Carolina, is being criticized after forcing young students to march in the heat as a punishment for not wearing their uniforms.

School officials in Cumberland County, are investigating the allegations made against the elementary school principal.

The principal ordered the students to walk for more than two hours on Tuesday morning, because they were not wearing their uniforms. The Manchester Elementary School principal was identified as Tammy Holland.

Officials said that the school system prohibits forcing students to do physical activity as punishment. It is considered corporal punishment and it is not allowed in schools located in Cumberland County.

Several parents said the incident happened at the Spring Lake elementary school on Tuesday, which was the last day of school. They said that several dozen children wore normal clothes to school that day, instead of the uniform required under the belief that it was allowed.

It was not. Parents said that Holland ordered the children to walk on a dirt road until their parents brought them their uniforms. The teachers were told not to give children water as they walked.

The temperature was in the mid to high 70’s when the children began to walk and in the middle to upper 80’s when they stopped, according to the meteorological data. It felt even hotter because of the high humidity, a spokesperson for the National Weather Service in Raleigh said.