The Ranson IB school district in Charlotte, North Carolina, is under fire after a teacher reportedly confiscated coats from more than 20 students and then sent them all home in cold weather. The reason? The coats were not part of the school’s hunter green colored uniform.
This act of sheer stupidity and careless has infuriated as least one parent who’s speaking out, and her name is Chanda Spates. The single mother of five says the teacher not only took the coats from three of her children, but from at least 20 others at the Project L.I.F.T. school.
Chanda Spates’ children came home from Ranson IB Middle School in Charlotte without coats on Tuesday, according to WAFF (Huntsville).
“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.”
According to WBTV (Charlotte), Ms. Spates claims the reason the children’s coats were confiscated is because they didn’t meet the school’s uniform requirements — a claim the school does not deny.
“I’m upset that you would send children home in that degree weather without a jacket. Unacceptable. Period. Because that shows you’re not looking for the welfare of the children. You’re not having any regard for the children.”
On Wednesday night, the school released the following statement regarding the incident:
“Outer coats are a part of the uniform at Ranson IB Middle School. Until today the policy has not come into question,” officials said. “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.”
“Denise Watts, Project L.I.F.T. community learning zone superintendent, and Alison Harris , principal at Ranson, both sincerely apologize for this unfortunate situation and the inconvenience this has caused parents,” the school’s statement continued. “They also apologize for the students who went home yesterday without coats. Staff worked diligently today to return coats to students. Corrective action has been taken with the employee who did not return coats back to students.”
Spates said more needs to be done.
“I think that that teacher does not need to be teaching students,” she said, “Because anyone that would treat a child like that has no business being in charge of students.”