6-Year-Old Gets Detention Because Parents Drop Her Off Late at School

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classroomSigh. I know all schools have a set of rules that have to be enforced and are expected to be followed -- but after hearing about a kindergartner who was put in detention all because her parents dropped her off late at school, I seriously want to scream.

When 6-year-old Brooke Loeffler arrived her school, Olympia Elementary in San Antonio, late for a third time, she was punished by being sent to detention -- something the school district insists her parents signed off on.

Apparently at the beginning of the year, all parents view the school's tardy policy, explains Steve Lindscomb, director of public information for the Judson Independent School District.

He says, "Each year, parents are asked to look over the policy and sign it. We have the document that they (Brooke's parents) signed off on, and they also signed for the detention to go on."

Because Brooke couldn't stay after school to serve her detention, she was permitted to split it into two days over her lunch period. Her father sat with her one day, and her grandmother on the other -- but that doesn't change the fact that an innocent kindergartner was reprimanded and forced to sit in detention all because of something that was totally out of her control.

Yes, it's important for students to show up to school on time. But what the heck is a 6-year-old supposed to do if her parents are running late? Grab the car keys and drive herself to school?

Brooke's parents, Erika and Brad Loeffler, understandably think their daughter was treated unfairly, and who can blame them? Erika even volunteered to help out and do work at the school in lieu of her little girl being punished, but she was still given detention.

And if the same thing ever happened to my son, I swear I'd absolutely lose it.

He's in first grade now, but I can recall one day last year while he was in kindergarten, I spaced out and forgot to put him on the bus. No, I'm not a negligent parent. I'm just a human being who got side-tracked by whatever I was doing and didn't notice the minutes ticking away on the clock. (Happens to the best of us.)

As soon as I realized my mistake, I immediately drove him to school, and thankfully, they couldn't have been nicer about it, and told me it was "no big deal." I can't even imagine them punishing him for my lack of punctuality, and if they had -- well, let's just say I would've had some choice words for everyone at his school.

What happened to Brooke Loeffler is inexcusable, ridiculous, and never should have happened. Period. (Ugh. That poor little girl!)

Do you think this innocent 6-year-old was treated unfairly, or was the school simply doing their job?


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nonmember avatar blh

This happened to me in second grade. Annoying sure but its not the end of the world and hardly newsworthy.

nonmember avatar Shandeigh

yes, it's totally wrong to punish a kid for something that wasn't their fault. Now if the kid walked to school themself and was goofing off on the playground... that's something else entirely which is what the rule was probaly meant for.

Caera Caera

Because God forbid schools insist that parents teach their children something as simple as the importance of showing up to class on time.

These parents are assholes. 

Kat Baudino

This is dumb. You should be punctual. They learned a lesson and it's time to move on. It's not like this is going to ruin her chances for a college scholarship. It's Kindergarten detention and they signed the paperwork. Boo hoo. I'm so tired of hearing these ridiculous stories and then people actually are "outraged" by this. Give me a break and find something useful to be outraged with.

mande... manderspanders

Really, it isn't the end of the world.  Stop making mountains out of molehills.  Poor kid did learn an early lesson that sometimes you get shit on, even when *you* did nothing wrong... and sometimes the people who shit on you are the ones closest to you (her parents).

zandh... zandhmom2

Well, I hope this teaches the parents a lesson...be on time!

TheTr... TheTruthTeller

Don't like, don't send your kids to school late. Grow up and be a parent. Don't alert the media because your precious was punished in a manner that you signed on for. Stop acting like the normal annoyances of life are some egregious act of abuse. People got their limbs blown off last week. Perspective!

Serab... Serabelle

I agree that this is no big deal, and not news worthy. The parents were well aware of the consequences of them being late and now want to blame someone else. So your kid didn't get to play at recess a few days? Big whoop! Next time, don't make her late! I can't tell you how many tardies I racked up in high school because of my mom, but I never bitched, neither did she. At one point I got suspended for a day because of how many I had, my mom just laughed it off. Kids, even 6 year olds, need to know there are consequence to being late, or getting in trouble for anything else. Next we'll hear the parents are suing the school for 87 million for mental anguish! This kid probably isn't the first this happened to and won't be the last!

.LoVe... .LoVeMyBuG.

I'm surprised by all of the comments that think it's okay to put a Kindergartner in detention for something completely out of his/her control. And if the student was late all the time it should have been brought to the PARENTS attention. Ridiculous. 

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