A 6-year-old boy is late to school due to a driving problem. His mother thought he would get a small punishment for this.
Nicole could not stay without knowing this and visited her at school during lunch break. She wanted to make sure her son was okay. But there was an unpleasant surprise.
Nicole observed her son being subjected to what many would consider a public humiliation rather than seeing Hunter in custody.
It’s enough to state that she wasn’t content.
Hunter started crying when he arrived at school in the morning because he knew he was going to be punished.
“Sometimes Hunter isn’t ready, but most often the tardiness is not his fault. Nicole suffers from osteoporosis, which makes it painful and difficult for her to function, especially in the morning,”
Nicole saw Hunter sitting alone at the table. Her youngster being secluded from the other students in the school astounded her.
A whiteboard prevented him from communicating with others. A large “D” for detention was written on the board.
Nicole was horrified by the way her son was treated at school. Hunter rarely arrived late to school, and he hadn’t arrived late enough that day to make up any work, which made Nicole’s rage all the more intense.
The mother’s eyes could hardly be believed, but she was not going to stand by and do nothing about what had happened to her child.
Nicole snapped a picture of Hunter as he sat in his cubicle of shame, knowing she had to do something. She later shared it on Facebook, where it soon became viral throughout the neighborhood.
His grandmother wrote “This is my grandson, Hunter. He’s a little first-grader. His momma’s car sometimes doesn’t like to start right up. Sometimes he’s a couple of minutes late to school. Yesterday, he was 1 minute late and this is what his momma discovered, they will work on him! They have done this to him 6 times for something that is out of this baby’s control! They make a mockery of him in front of the other students! The principal is responsible for this. His mom found him there, crying, and took him home for the day. Anyone wants to help me flood this lady principal with calls telling her how inappropriate this is?”
The school was bombarded with phone calls and the comments on their Facebook page were among the worst.
The family’s car was still in service and the community, after hearing his story, made sure that the boy was never late for school.
The auto dealer had joined forces with people in the community to buy them another vehicle and make sure it would be dependable.
Several businesses in Medford, Oregon, and Grants Pass, as well as a local radio host, Bill Meyer, joined forces to chip in.
Nicole and her family were then handed the keys to a Chrysler van.
“You see that minivan sitting right there?” asked Lisa McClease-Kelly of Kelly’s Automotive Service.
Mom Nicole, Hunter, and Bill Meyer at Kelly’s Automotive in Grants Pass via Facebook.
“That’s yours,” she said, as she handed Marc the keys to a Chrysler minivan.
The family was both shocked and moved.
“I’m just blown away to see the community come together like this and see that there are still good people out there,” said the happy father, Marc.
In addition to receiving a vehicle that would make sure Hunter got to school on time, Hunter’s story changed the way the school handled its detention policies.
They designated a supervised classroom so kids wouldn’t be ashamed in front of all their schoolmates.
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