One Texas elementary school is coming under fire after the principal banned parents from walking their children to and from school, and who is threatening parents with arrest.
The trouble began in September when the principal at Bear Branch Elementary School in Magnolia, Texas, decided to implement a policy that not just discourages but prohibits parents from walking their children home from school or walking inside the school to retrieve their children after parents had parked their cars, according to KPRC-TV.
Parents began expressing their frustration because of the inconvenience they said they felt waiting for almost an hour in their cars. Parents were asked pick up their children only in the school’s winding pick-up lane after school.
“People start lining up here about 2:30 p.m. for a 3:25 p.m. dismissal,” parent Jeff Wendinger had told KPRC.
Parent Jackie McConnell say’s she’s frustrated, too: “It’s a ridiculous situation for everyone.”
But now some people are expressing outrage because the principal has threatened parents who persist in walking their children home from school with charges for trespassing or other criminal charges, according to KRIV-TV. Parents have also begun pulling their kids from school over the issue.
“She’s threatening to arrest people,” mother Wendy Jarman told KRIV about the school’s principal, Holly Ray, before adding that she has pulled her children out of the school. “This has happened to many parents. They have been cited. They have been threatened, if they step one foot on school property, they will be arrested and charged with who knows what.”
Source: The Blaze | Kathryn Blackhurst