Mom Is Outraged By Tardy Son’s Cafeteria Punishment

by Barbara Diamond
Barbara is a passionate writer and animal lover who has been professionally blogging for over 10 years and counting.

In the spring of 2015, a 6-year-old boy arrived late to school in Grants Pass, OR. His family was having car trouble that day, and his mom Nicole knew Hunter would be getting a detention during lunch for being tardy.

During lunch, Nicole visited Hunter to see how he was holding up — but she was shocked when she walked into the lunch room and discovered his detention was more like a public shaming than fair punishment. Nicole saw Hunter seated all alone at a table with a cardboard partition right in front of his face, preventing him from seeing or making contact with other students. There was also a cup with a “D” written on it, which stood for detention. He was crying and humiliated.

Nicole was so upset by what she saw that she snapped a photo of Hunter right there in the cafeteria. She was outraged, especially since Hunter wasn’t late to school all that often, and wasn’t even late enough that day to make up any assignments.

After Hunter’s enraged grandmother posted the photo online, it quickly went viral.

Not only did Nicole’s community agree with her, but they banded together to make sure Hunter was never late to school again…

[H/T: ABC News]

Laura Lucas Hoover

In 2015, Nicole was having car troubles, preventing her 6-year-old son Hunter from getting to school on time.

Nicole knew Hunter was upset about being tardy, and that he would be getting a detention during lunchtime.

Laura Lucas Hoover

Nicole visited Hunter at school during detention to check up on him. She was shocked to find him sitting all alone and crying, with a cardboard partition right in front of his face.

She was outraged that her first-grade son was publicly humiliated like this in front of his classmates.

Nicole quickly snapped a photo and took Hunter home for the day.

Laura Lucas Hoover

Nicole’s photo went viral on Facebook. It caught the attention of radio personality Bill Meyer.

“We see a lot of bad news, or we have a lot of problems. So seldomly do we ever get a chance to fix the root of the problem,” Meyer told ABC News. “I saw the school policy as being unjust, but I saw the root of the trouble was car trouble.”

Lisa McClease Kelly

Meyer contacted Lisa McClease-Kelly, owner of Kelly’s Automotive, to see if she could fix the family’s Dodge Durango. However, the repairs were worth more than the car itself. That’s when Rapid Repo and Collections stepped in and donated a 2001 Chrysler Town and Country van.

Nicole and her family were absolutely stunned.

Lisa McClease Kelly

Other local businesses helped, too, and soon the van was complete with a new windshield and tires.

And remember the owner of Kelly’s Automotive? She gifted the family with $1,400 of maintenance and free oil changes for a whole year.

Lisa McClease Kelly

“This family never asked for the help. All they ever wanted was to change the school policy,” Meyer said.

“We saw a way to do a little nudge, and then everyone else came in with their time and generosity.”

What do you think of Hunter’s punishment? I’m just glad this story ends with such a positive twist. Please SHARE this unexpectedly heartwarming story with your friends on Facebook!

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