A teacher with Ranson IB Middle School, in Charlotte, North Carolina reportedly confiscated coats from over 20 students, and sent the children home, because the coats were not part of the school’s hunter green colored uniform, leaving at least one mother furious.
Chanda Spates, mother of three of the children who came home without their outerwear on Tuesday, told WBTV “When the children came home from school... they came home with no coats on. So I said 'where are your jackets? Where are your coats?'" They said 'the school took them. They took all the students' jackets during lunch at the cafeteria.' And that they were told if they wanted their jackets back to have their parents come up there."
Spates claims she attempted to contact the school directly to voice her concerns. When she didn’t receive a response, she went to the media. “I did go through the proper channels. I did call the principal. I did talk to the superintendent's office," Spates told WBTV.
The school issued a statement on Wednesday night “Outer coats are a part of the uniform at Ranson IB Middle School. Until today the policy has not come into question. Coats that did not meet the color requirement for the uniform dress code were taken by an employee yesterday. The employee’s intent was to return the coats to students before they went home. This action did not take place,” as reported by Inquisitr.
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Also included in the school’s statement was an apology from Principal, Alison Harris and reassurance that corrective action would be taken with the employee responsible. However, Spates is not satisfied with the school’s statement and accuses the staff of “not looking for the welfare of the children” and “not having any regard for the children.”
As far as Spates’ feelings towards the teacher in question, Spates tells WBTV “I think that that teacher does not need to be teaching students. "Because anyone that would treat a child like that has no business being in charge of students.”
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