POSTED: Friday, December 10, 2010 - 6:09pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, December 22, 2010 - 4:12am
EL PASO - Were some kids punished, or others simply rewarded? It's a hot debate tonight among E.P.I.S.D. parents.
As we showed you on Thursday, an angry parent filmed video that he says show some Carlos Rivera Elementary students being forced to exercise because they did not bring two canned goods, per day, for a food drive.
"There is no way that there was any harm or humiliation intended as far as they're concerned," Flavia Davis said.
Davis is the Vice-President of the PTA. She says it wasn't punishment. She said the kids who brought food everyday were rewarded with playtime during the entire P.E. class, but the ones who didn't donate had to stay exercising.
Valerie Lucero, the parent of another child forced to exercise, says it's still unfair.
"Two cans per student I think is okay, but everyday cans is out of the question. A lot of people out there don't have money, are struggling to make a living, and I think it was out of the question," Lucero said.
"No, it probably wouldn't be fair in that respect, but once again this is all optional. I probably do have the means to send my children with two cans a day, and yet I have not sent them with one can all week, yet," Davis said.
We've been told because of our report the school has decided not to continue dividing kids.
"If the principal sees it fit to stop it to avoid this negative publicity well then maybe it should stop, but has it been blown out of proportion? I definitely think so," Davis said.
"I think all the parents should know what's going on in the school. For a parent to go out there and record the students if that's what it takes for him to get it out there, and they don't understand, it was hurting some of the kids," Lucero said.
For the second time in two days we asked E.P.I.S.D. to address the parent's concerns. Both times a spokeswoman assured us the district would, but to this point they have not done so.