POSTED: Thursday, December 9, 2010 - 5:25pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, December 22, 2010 - 4:06am
EL PASO - Elementary school kids being punished for not bringing canned goods to class for a food drive. It sounds unimaginable, but that's exactly what one parent says has been happening to kids in the El Paso Independent School district.
At first glance it appears to be a P.E. class, but the kids are not learning or having fun. The Carlos Rivera Elementary school students are being punished, and you are not going to believe the reason why. Glen Works, the father of one of the kids, says it's because they didn't donate two canned goods to a food drive.
"They will probably tell you they're not punishing children they're rewarding other children for bringing in more cans, but on the other hand they're unaware of what they're doing to the children sitting on the black top and doing calisthenics. They're humiliating them," Works said.
Works shot this video this morning. His 9-year old daughter is one of the kids being punished. He says it's not the first time they've been forced to exercise while other kids play. He says this started Monday.
"My daughter usually comes home joyful and happy, but ever since Monday she's been kind of shuffling her feet, kind of depressed. It's not just my one daughter, I have two daughters there, and both of them have just not been the same since Monday," he said.
So why not donate two cans? Works says his daughter already did.
"A box and 12 cans the first day and apparently that wasn't good enough," he said.
Works says the kids were told they had to take two cans of food to class every day otherwise they would end up being punished. Works says kids should not be treated like this for something they may not be able to control, and he wants it to stop.
"It's embarrassing and it's unfair," he said.
We called E.P.I.S.D. and late today they sent an us an email bragging about the success of their canned food drive, but they did not address any of Works concerns.