Tardy policy changed after 1st-grader flap

Lincoln Elementary School in Grants Pass had clearly labeled absenteeism and tardiness policies

This 1st-grader was forced to sit alone at lunch because he was tardy at Lincoln Elementary in Grants Pass, Feb. 25, 2015 (Courtesy to KOIN 6 News via Facebook)
This 1st-grader was forced to sit alone at lunch because he was tardy at Lincoln Elementary in Grants Pass, Feb. 25, 2015 (Courtesy to KOIN 6 News via Facebook)

GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) – The Oregon school that was the focus of outrage on Facebook over the tardiness punishment given to a 6-year-old boy says it won’t be doing that again.

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

More than 115,000 people have shared the photo Laura Hoover posted on Facebook of her grandson Hunter sitting behind a cardboard screen eating his lunch alone while the other kids ate together.

The boy’s parents, Nicole Gerloff and Mark Cmelo, told The Grants Pass Daily Courier 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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