Parents: Principal should be fired for making students march
Posted June 16
Spring Lake, N.C. — Cumberland County school leaders are looking into complaints that a principal made elementary school children walk for hours in the heat.
Parents said it is just the latest miscommunication between first-year Principal Tammy Holland and families at Manchester Elementary School in Spring Lake.
Traditionally, students have not had to wear uniforms on the last day of school. Ethan Bradshaw said his teacher reminded them of that perk last Monday as she handed out report cards.
But on Tuesday, those who showed up out of uniform were punished.
Ethan's mother, who has two students at Manchester, said that, when she stopped by the school, she found at least a dozen children in the front office. Those students told Sharon Bradshaw that Holland made them walk for up to three hours on a dirt track behind the school for not wearing their uniforms.
"Because you don't have an outfit on, you're gonna send these kids out in the heat, not knowing what their medical conditions are?" Sharon Bradshaw asked.
"I think it's very immature, and it's stupid, on her part," Bradshaw said. "She's an adult. These kids look up to her."
An anonymous email to school board members claimed that the students walked, without school breakfast or water, as the temperature climbed into the mid-80s.
Bradshaw believes Holland went too far. "I would like to see her fired," she said.
If she stays, Bradshaw said, "My kids will not go there."
Holland declined to comment. She referred questions to Superintendent Frank Till, who said an investigation is expected to be complete this week, and it could lead to disciplinary action against Holland.