Parents outraged over 6-year-old’s punishment for being late, school issues apology

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GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon school district is reviewing its tardiness punishments after a picture posted on Facebook of a 6-year-old sitting behind a cardboard screen in the lunchroom generated widespread outrage.

The Grants Pass School District issued a statement saying it “is taking the concerns raised very seriously,” and the punishment “was never intended to isolate or stigmatize students.”

Nicole Garloff says her son, Hunter, was upset when she dropped him off late at Lincoln Elementary School, so she checked on him at lunchtime. She found him sitting behind a cardboard screen. She took him home, and posted a photo on Facebook. So did the boy’s grandmother.

More than 115,000 people have shared the photo Laura Hoover posted on Facebook of her grandson.

On Friday, Lincoln Elementary  issued a statement saying from now on, students being punished for chronic tardiness will do their catch-up work in a separate supervised room.

The boy’s parents told The Grants Pass Daily Courier (http://bit.ly/1wvDIK3) ) they got an apology from principal Missy Fitzsimmons on Thursday and were confident no more kids would be `placed on display” like that again.

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