Spring Lake principal removed for forcing students to walk in heat
Posted July 2, 2014
Spring Lake, N.C. — A Spring Lake elementary school principal accused of forcing students to walk in the heat for hours was removed from her position, Cumberland County Schools said Wednesday.
Tammy Holland, who was in her first year leading Manchester Elementary School, has been temporarily reassigned to the district’s central office “until all personnel proceedings are complete,” the district said in a statement.
Parents said the incident was the latest miscommunication between the principal and families. Traditionally, students are not required to wear uniforms on the last day of school, but those who did not were punished.
Those students were required to walk for up to three hours on a dirt track behind the school.
An anonymous email to Cumberland County school board members claimed the students walked, without school breakfast or water, as temperatures climbed into the mid-80s.