CUMBERLAND COUNTY, N.C. — Cumberland County school officials are investigating after elementary students were allegedly forced to walk for hours in the summer heat without water as punishment.
The Fayetteville Observer reported that administrators are investigating the allegations against Manchester Elementary School Principal Tammy Holland.
Parents said it happened Tuesday at Manchester Elementary in Spring Lake on the last day of school.
Students are required to wear uniforms and about a dozen reportedly wore regular clothes instead, thinking it would be allowed.
Parents said the principal ordered the students to walk on a dirt track until their parents brought them their uniforms or took them home.
The children weren’t allowed to eat breakfast when they got to school and teachers were not allowed to give them water as they walked, according to the parents.
The temperature was in the mid to high 70s when the children began walking and in the mid to high 80s when they stopped, according to the paper.
The school system prohibits forcing students to do physical activity as punishment because it’s considered corporal punishment, according to Cumberland County Superintendent Frank Till Jr.
Till said administrators are investigating the allegations.
Read full story: The Fayetteville Observer