Students made to stand out in cold as punishment - Cleveland 19 News Cleveland, OH

Students made to stand out in cold as punishment

Brimfield students made to stand out in the cold (Source: WOIO) Brimfield students made to stand out in the cold (Source: WOIO)
BRIMFIELD, OH (WOIO) -

Third grade students at Brimfield Elementary were disciplined on Wednesday because of a few students misbehaving. 

The students were made to stand in a line, in the cold as punishment for behavior on the playground.

Jennifer Lohr says students need discipline but not in this way.

"I'm all for disciplining children and they need those boundaries that discipline provides but I think they should expect certain disciplines and when you give them something that's outside of that, I just think it makes them feel unsafe," she said.

The students were already outside for recess but a concerned parent tells Cleveland 19 the students were made to stand in a line and told to stand still for over 15 minutes.

On Wednesday there was snow and temperatures were in the lower 30s.

"I wouldn't like it, I would go talk to them and I would expect whoever made the decision to be disciplined," said Lohr.

Principal Barbara Werstler did not return  calls but the Superintendent of Field Local School District, David O. Heflinger released the following statement:

"This past Wednesday at Brimfield Elementary School, students were made to stand outside as punishment for behavior on the playground. The circumstances of this punishment should not have happened and was wrong. Steps are being taken to make certain it never happens again. Additional training will be provided to the monitors on student behavior and how to handle any future occurrences that should arise. The Principal will be creating a new system to go along with the Positive Behavior Interventions Supports Program (PHIS) to establish an acceptable protocol."

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