Education

Parents: Principal should be fired for making students march

Posted June 16

— 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.
 

 

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  • btneast Jun 18, 8:58 a.m.

    if I were the Superintendent of the school system I would call the principal and ask the following question: "When you learned of students arriving at school not wearing the required uniform - apparently in significant numbers - did you seek to find out why?"

    It's funny that your screen name is "objective", yet you do not seem to be here. Why would your first question to the principal not be" can you tell me your side of the story"? You have already decided to believe the story from others without even giving her a chance to tell her side, much less interview other witnesses.....

  • subitizer Jun 17, 7:36 p.m.

    This story seems to grow each time it is published. I have worked with this principal and have great respect for her. She is tough, and sometimes difficult to work for, but she ALWAYS has children's best interests in mind. Personally, I choose not to believe the sensationalized articles that are being published.

  • Objective Scientist Jun 17, 4:16 p.m.

    Tillis, Berger, McCrory, and a few others... read this article! Look at the comments that are calling for the heads (FIRING THEM!) of the principal and/or one or more teachers. This is exactly why teachers want, need, and DESERVE tenure! A form of tenure that at minimum requires "due process" before they can be terminated. This is a perfect example of why tenure is absolutely needed for K-12 teachers in NC. That said... if I were the Superintendent of the school system I would call the principal and ask the following question: "When you learned of students arriving at school not wearing the required uniform - apparently in significant numbers - did you seek to find out why?" If I were the principal... my first question to my teachers may have been: "Why did one of YOU not tell me that not requiring uniforms on the last day of the school year was a tradition?" And, if a teacher my question to you would be: "Do you always believe your child is accurate in what they tell YOU?"

  • mockingbird313 Jun 17, 4:06 p.m.

    Don't any of these angry parents remember back when THEY were children and their schools had a Field Day every year, where all you did for the entire day was run races and play in the sun? While your parents sat there cheering you on??

    Don't any of these angry parents remember when their grandparents, parents... or possibly even THEY... had to work in the fields every day throughout the summer to help their family make money on the farm, working in sweltering heat?

    How is it these children can't walk for 3 hours in 80 degree weather, then??

  • itsyoureternalsoul Jun 17, 3:57 p.m.

    Please go get certified to teach and find out what that world is like.

  • justcommonsense Jun 17, 3:42 p.m.

    "The school system prohibits forcing students to do physical activity as punishment because... View More

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    No, it is not odd. Many school districts and schools have discussed this option for the very reasons stated in the story. You might be surprised how many schools do have a uniform policy.

  • ewcheercoach Jun 17, 3:01 p.m.

    I can tell you from first hand experience that how things really happen in school are not how they are reported in the media. I have also worked with kids for a deacde now. They go home and tell their own version of events and parents are very quick to believe it as the gospel truth. I doubt this principal will ever be given the opportunity to tell her side ofthe story, but I would withhold my judgement until i heard it.

  • btneast Jun 17, 2:59 p.m.

    Many here are making a huge assumption that this one news story is 100% true, not to mention that it is just one side of the story.

  • btneast Jun 17, 2:57 p.m.

    You're simply not going to force them to walk in that kind of temperature.

    I hope you're kidding.....first world problem if I ever heard one.

  • hippie4life Jun 17, 2:37 p.m.

    Had that been my daughter, I wouldn't rest until I see the principal fired. Those kids (regardless of their behavior) did not deserve that. I don't care who you are or what kind of authority you have... You're simply not going to force them to walk in that kind of temperature. One of the teachers should have stood up for the kids.

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