Children normally can't wait for lunchtime, but little Hunter Cmelo, from Lincoln Elementary School in Oregon, started to dread it. After his parents dropped him off late to school, the little boy, 6, was forced to eat lunch alone, behind a divider multiple times. The school also placed a cup with a "D" on it on his table, which stood for detention.
Cmelo's grandmother, Laura Hoover, shared a photo of the boy's unfair punishment on Facebook and received an overwhelming response from outraged parents. The caption read, "This is my grandson, Hunter…Yesterday, he was 1 minute late and this is what his momma discovered they do to punish him! They have done this to him 6 times for something that is out of his control! They make a mockery of him in front of the other students." The boy's mother, Nicole Garloff, took her crying son home as soon as she saw the scene for herself.
Garloff says the shaming is undeserved since his tardiness is not his fault. Garloff often has car trouble and suffers from osteoporosis, which sometimes puts her behind in the mornings.
School principal Missy Fitzsimmons explained to NewsChannel12 the policy was meant to give students time to work on missed assignments. The school soon started receiving complaints (as well as threats) after the photo made rounds on the Internet. Principal Fitzsimmons and Hunter's parents then met to discuss the situation, and the school agreed to put an end to the controversial policy. "All parties involved believe that an appropriate resolution has been reached," said a district rep in a statement.