CUMBERLAND COUNTY , N.C., June 16 (UPI) -- Officials are investigating allegations that a North Carolina principal forced elementary students to march in the hot sun for hours as punishment.
During the alleged incident at Manchester Elementary School, Principal Tammy Holland is accused of making students walk without water as punishment for not wearing their school uniforms on the last day of classes.
Students are normally required to wear uniforms and about a dozen kids opted to wear regular clothes.
Holland allegedly forced the students to walk on a dirt track until their parents arrived with their uniforms or came to pick them up. Temperatures exceeded 80 degrees during the walk, not factoring in humidity.
"I want her removed from that school so she can never make a mistake like that again," Laquitta Lockhart said of Holland while speaking to the Fayetteville Observer. "When I got out there, they had stopped under the tree because it was so hot. It would break your heart."
According to Cumberland County Superintendent Frank Till Jr., the district is not allowed to force students to do physical activity as punishment. "If there's an issue, then the issue needs to be dealt with," Till said.