SPRING LAKE, N.C. – An elementary school principal accused of making students walk in the heat with no water has been removed from her position, and temporarily re-assigned.
WTVD-TV reported that parents complained that Tammy Holland punished kids on the last day of school when they did not wear their uniforms.
The Manchester Elementary School principal allegedly made the kids walk outside for hours on a dirt track on June 10, until their parents came to pick them up.
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.
Frank Till, superintendent of Cumberland County Schools, confirmed Holland had been removed from the school, and temporarily re-assigned to the Central Office. She has 14 days to request an appeal.
The decision follows a system investigation.
“After reviewing the information from the investigation and holding a personnel conference with Ms. Tammy Holland, I have determined that sufficient evidence exists to remove Holland as principal and assign her temporarily to the Central Office until all personnel proceedings are complete,” Till said in a statement.